I saw some of these interesting milking gadgets that work by a vacuum on Ebay. It is hand operated and the milk goes into an attached jar so no dirt, hair etc goes into the milk. It goes on one teat at a time. The cost seems high to me since it is buy-it-now $149 plus about $40 shipping. Has anyone tried one of these???
I have one. It works well. But I found that I can milk faster by hand. Its really helpful on does with very small teats though.
The only problem I have had with it is that sometimes after youve pumped it up and the milk starts to flow, if you tilt it, the device will loose suction and you may have to pump again.
I would say it depends...lol not much help am I?
I never actually timed myself...
but does with small teats/ small orifices take me longer. Does with a lot of milk will take longer.
With that said... it doesnt take very long...whatever that may be...
My doe has small teats with small orifices but a gallon of milk. I timed it one day and it took me 25 minutes. My hands will not close all of the way either and I only milk with one hand at a time because my hands get so sore. I thought that it took me A LOT longer than that! My other doe only takes 10 minutes but she is a 2nd freshener with nice size teats.
I too have been looking at that system on ebay....I keep contemplating
This type of hand suction milker originated for taking milk from mares to test to see when they would foal. It's fine for a very limited amount of work like that. Breed for larger teats or leave nursing bucklings on to lengthen teats. This would be fine to use in an emergency situation but vacuming out milk from an udder long term is not anything healthy for the udder. Milking machines have pulsators that break the suction. Used long term these break, they also hold so little milk only the poorest of milkers could be milked with them without having to change out the bottle over and over.
Once you learn to milk, although 20 minutes to milk out a doe may happen intially, you should be able to milk even the best milker in 5 minutes, most take about 2 mintues here. The natural oxytocin letdown a doe has that pulls milk out of her udder stops in a few minutes so you really want the bulk of the milk out when she is letting down, not milking so slow that you are there 20 mintues after that.
Course I am lucky my farm is my job, but after milking by hand for years, I wouldn't have goats still if I didn't have my machine. Vicki
I have the Udderly EZ Milker, and one of my does in in their new brochure. Everything Vicki said is correct. They are for emergency use and/or extreme circumstances. For daily use, they are *not* easier than hand milking, and then there's the constant suction issue.
Actually, I've adapted my EZ Milker teat cups and bottles so I can use the regular milk machine vacuum pump with them. No milk lines to clean.
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"No great thing is created suddenly." ~Epictitus
while on this subject...about how long does it take to milk a goat???????
be nice I am new : )
This evening I decided to time myself because of your post.
I was finished with all chores in 35 minutes.
From cleaning Udder to teat dip, by hand I milked and filtered ready for ref:
LaMancha in 4 minutes. One pint.
Saanen1 4 minutes. One pint.
Saanen2 11 minutes. One & 1/2 pint. (I was sure it was 20 min.)
Saanen2 is the one that I lament over not milking before I bought her. Small teats but extremely small orifaces. Her udder is high and hard to reach. woe is me! With her I strain to milk.
I milk twice a day. LaMancha is a First Freshener (FF) as well as Saanen1. All three gave birth in Feb. and all three are preggo (I'm rather sure) for less than a month.
Paul Bridges - LaCabra Farm; Uvalda, Georgia - USA
Thanks for all the good information. I have arthritis in my hands. I have two LaMancha does and plan on hand milking them. I read about the vacuum milking gadget on Ebay and wondered if it was a viable thing to do. Thanks to all of you, I will not waste my money on it. I love my goats too much to do anything that might harm them. I can milk my does by hand.
One alternative to milking twice a day when I worked full time was to separate the kids at night, milk in the morning and turn the kids back to nurse thru the day.
When I 1st started milking it hurt my hands so bad, I have carpal tunnel and trust me milking does not agree with this condition, I ordered a Maggidans Milker. I did get the larger container, filter and extra hose..LOVE IT. Seems it is alot less expensive than the one mentioned here