One cow milking machine question - Homesteading Today
Homesteading Today

Go Back   Homesteading Today > Livestock Forums > Cattle

Cattle For Those Who Like To Have A Cow.


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1  
Old 01/22/09, 11:17 AM
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Washington
Posts: 236
Smile One cow milking machine question

Hi, I am wondering if someone can point me in the direction of those small milking machines for one cow? I have my Jersey that will freshen in August, and I am the only one in the family that is physically able to milk her. I am thinking with carpel tunnel this might prove difficult. I was wondering if anyone uses those small milking machines and what do they cost?

Thanks!

__________________

Deborah
www.swinsonfamilylife.blogspot.com

Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01/22/09, 11:41 AM
Batt's Avatar
Such a big mean dog...
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: SW Mo.
Posts: 1,562

Could you explain a little more??...Are you looking for an electrical/vacuum milker, or a manual hand operated one?

Build your own Milking machine

__________________
Tour our Turnkey Missouri Homestead http://www.tourfactory.com/1166904
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01/22/09, 11:49 AM
Oakshire_Farm's Avatar  
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CANADA
Posts: 909

I have Delaval, bucket milker. It has a pump that makes the vacume and the I run a vacume lime to the bucket and it runs a pulsator, the two lines come from the bucket to the claw, one is for the milk to return to the bucket and the other is the vacume that comes from the pulsator. I paid $800 used about 8 years ago. I have since seen them cheaper but I had never seen one before so I scooped it up!

To clean it I have the Delaval cleaning product (I cannot remember the name of it right now) I mix the powder in a bucket of hot water, suck it up through the system, then suck a bucket of clean water to rinse any soapy residue out. Once a week I take everything apart and give all the little bits a good scrub and put them through the dishwasher.

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01/22/09, 11:51 AM
Oakshire_Farm's Avatar  
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CANADA
Posts: 909

I have also ordered things from this site, it is manly for goats but you can easily adapt anything for cows!

www.hoeggergoatsupply.com

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01/22/09, 11:52 AM
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Washington
Posts: 236
Quote:
Originally Posted by Adron View Post
Could you explain a little more??...Are you looking for an electrical/vacuum milker, or a manual hand operated one?
I am sorry I wasn't very clear. I meant an electric/vacuum milker. : )
__________________

Deborah
www.swinsonfamilylife.blogspot.com

Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01/22/09, 12:58 PM
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Ontario
Posts: 141
www.portablemilkers.com is where i ordered mine from. 750$USD all rebuilt and he will modify to suit. There is also one rebuilt on Ebay. about same price
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01/22/09, 12:59 PM
linn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 3,441

When I milked my Jersey/Red Angus cross, I used a Surge Belly Milker, yep that's really the name. The bucket hangs around the cow's middle attached to a belt. Here is an illustration. It doesn't show the vacuum pump.

It helped that DH had used milkers when he was a kid on the farm. He helped me get the pressure right.

__________________
Visit the Christian Homesteader
http://farmwoman.proboards.com/index.cgi

Last edited by linn; 01/22/09 at 01:48 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01/22/09, 03:30 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 6,032

Be careful about the guy on e-bay selling milking machines. My folks ordered one, and within a couple weeks we were having trouble with it. The guy wouldn't answer any e-mails about the machine. They took it to a local man who repairs pumps, and he said it was junk. So they were out $650.

Also, check with your department of agriculture and see if they put out a classified paper. Ours puts one out about every 2 week. That is where I found mine, so I was able to try it before I bought it. There are usually alot of good deals in there on livestock and equipment.

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01/22/09, 03:47 PM
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 292

I got mine from a man on Ebay; it works great. It sure beats milking by hand.

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01/22/09, 04:02 PM
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Ontario
Posts: 141

well, I ordered my surge belly milker from www.portablemilkers.com I ordered it on Friday and it was here today! yippee....but my cow didn't have a calf yet. It looks great and well worth the money. I am very happy with the service i got and the booklet that comes with it tells exactly how to use it and maintain it and he also sells parts.

Oh yes and he made some changes so I can use it on Dexter cows. He is very willing to make it work for you!

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 01/22/09, 08:52 PM
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Washington
Posts: 236
Quote:
Originally Posted by linn View Post
When I milked my Jersey/Red Angus cross, I used a Surge Belly Milker, yep that's really the name. The bucket hangs around the cow's middle attached to a belt. Here is an illustration. It doesn't show the vacuum pump.

It helped that DH had used milkers when he was a kid on the farm. He helped me get the pressure right.
Thanks for telling me what has worked for you. We had our Jersey AI this Fall from a Jersey bull. I do love the look of those Red Angus. There is one that lives down the road from us, and she is a pretty cow. She has had two calves since we have lived here and they grow so fast! Her first one was a heifer and last years was a bull. He sure was pretty! I was thinking of next time breeding our Jersey to that Red Angus bull.
__________________

Deborah
www.swinsonfamilylife.blogspot.com

Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 01/22/09, 08:53 PM
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Washington
Posts: 236
Quote:
Originally Posted by Onthebit View Post
well, I ordered my surge belly milker from www.portablemilkers.com I ordered it on Friday and it was here today! yippee....but my cow didn't have a calf yet. It looks great and well worth the money. I am very happy with the service i got and the booklet that comes with it tells exactly how to use it and maintain it and he also sells parts.

Oh yes and he made some changes so I can use it on Dexter cows. He is very willing to make it work for you!
That is great! Now just to wait until your cow freshens.....
__________________

Deborah
www.swinsonfamilylife.blogspot.com

Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 01/22/09, 08:54 PM
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Washington
Posts: 236
Quote:
Originally Posted by Oakshire_Farm View Post
I have Delaval, bucket milker. It has a pump that makes the vacume and the I run a vacume lime to the bucket and it runs a pulsator, the two lines come from the bucket to the claw, one is for the milk to return to the bucket and the other is the vacume that comes from the pulsator. I paid $800 used about 8 years ago. I have since seen them cheaper but I had never seen one before so I scooped it up!

To clean it I have the Delaval cleaning product (I cannot remember the name of it right now) I mix the powder in a bucket of hot water, suck it up through the system, then suck a bucket of clean water to rinse any soapy residue out. Once a week I take everything apart and give all the little bits a good scrub and put them through the dishwasher.
Sounds like a good one! I like things that are easy to use and clean.
__________________

Deborah
www.swinsonfamilylife.blogspot.com

Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 01/22/09, 09:01 PM
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Washington
Posts: 236

Farmmom and George in NH, thanks for telling me your experiences with ebay. I was just looking at this one on ebay this morning. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=230207180569

Was this the person either of you dealt with?

__________________

Deborah
www.swinsonfamilylife.blogspot.com

Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 01/23/09, 12:39 AM
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 6,032
Quote:
Originally Posted by Happyfarmwife View Post
Farmmom and George in NH, thanks for telling me your experiences with ebay. I was just looking at this one on ebay this morning. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=230207180569

Was this the person either of you dealt with?
No, this is not the one we had trouble with. This looks like a very nice machine.
__________________

Last edited by farmmom; 01/23/09 at 12:42 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 01/23/09, 08:42 PM
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Washington
Posts: 236

Thanks for letting me know this wasn't the one you had dealings with, Farmmom.

__________________

Deborah
www.swinsonfamilylife.blogspot.com

Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 01/23/09, 08:51 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 4,477

Caprine Supply, www.caprinesupply.com, also has small milkers designed for goats, but you could easily use them for a cow or two.

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 01/24/09, 10:58 AM
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Washington
Posts: 236

Thanks for the link tyusclan!

__________________

Deborah
www.swinsonfamilylife.blogspot.com

Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:27 PM.