The milking schedule here goes like this:
My day: In the evening of Glory Bee’s day, at dinnertime I take Beulah Petunia out and put her back in BP-land. Or, actually, she takes herself. I have the gate open to BP-land and she goes straight there to her dinner in the milk stand. I milk her the next morning and evening.
Glory Bee’s day: After milking BP in the evening, I take her back to the goat yard to Glory Bee. Or, actually, BP takes herself. I open the gate while I’m milking her so as soon as I let her out of the milk stand, she goes straight for Glory Bee. BP spends the night with Glory Bee, and Glory Bee gets to milk her that night and ALL DAY.
To show you how she takes herself, I made this little video. She really does amaze me. Cows are so trainable. What you’ll see first in this video is the evening when I’m taking BP out for my day the next day. It ends with the next evening when I take her back for Glory Bee’s day the next day. They are both impatient and eager for their reunion by then. They know the schedule very well now, though, and there’s not a bunch of crying in between. They have adjusted their internal rhythms to the routine. The evenings when I take BP out, she is looking for me, ready to go. The evenings when she goes back to Glory Bee, she is in a frenzy to get to her. (Glory Bee is in even MORE of a frenzy to get to mommy!)