How not to milk a donkey

Baby Dovie won’t leave her momma’s side. (Photo)

The other day a camel milk farmer called me. 

He told me he’s going to start milking donkeys now too. (He’s been following our story.)

When I told him they aren’t like cows, you can’t just take the babies away from their mommas the minute after they’re born, he laughed and told me he would do it the way he saw fit.

When I told him the milk was only good for autoimmune disease for a certain time lactation, and after that it shouldn’t be used for sick kids, and that donkeys will naturally dry up and wean their babies, he said he could make them produce longer than that, and he would do his own research on how long to sell the milk.

I told him he should have done the research before he bought the donkeys.

Then he told me the way I should be doing things to make money at this. 

When I got off the phone, my girls said “Momma, why wasn’t that man talking nice to you?”

When people tell me they’ll “just milk a donkey”, and my toes curl, this is why. There’s so much more to this than that. 

And yes, camel milk is a thing.

And yes, we tried it before we found donkey milk.

And yes, there’s a reason we don’t milk camels.

We didn’t start milking donkeys because we saw a business opportunity. 

We started milking donkeys because our daughter needed the milk to be healthy.

We’ve made terrible business decisions along the way.

We’ve spent crazy money trying to save donkeys that couldn’t be saved.

We turned away sales for years, because it is illegal to sell raw milk (of any kind) across state lines. We decided early on that we wouldn’t break the law. If we did, we wouldn’t be able to share our story.

Now we’re the only importer of freeze dried donkey milk in the United States. And we can ship it across state lines, legally.

Maybe we’re the only ones doing this because...this doesn’t make much sense on a spreadsheet.

But thankfully, God’s spreadsheet doesn’t have to add up. 

And He’s taken care of us in spite of ourselves.

“My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest. Though hail flattens the forest and the city is leveled completely, how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭32:18-20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Donkeys in the field  



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  • Martha "Marlise" Guillerault

    I found your page after looking up “milk a donkey” when I read about it in a story set in 19th century Ireland. Wow! I was raised on goat milk as an infant due to cow milk allergies- still have at 75 as well as psoriasis, asthma, eczema, arthritis, IBS,etc. Wish i’d heard about this many years ago. I have ordered your skin cream, hair cream and deodorant and hope to finish this century in more comfort! We plan to drive from SC to CA and return through OK in October and buy some charcoal soap (which is out now) May we two seniors visit your farm- I’d love to brush your mamas (I used to care for horses years ago) Thank you for what you have done!!

  • judy Catlett

    I have a autoimmune disease psorises i have taken medication for it with some results could you suggest something for this?

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