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  1. Cattle
    So my wife and I got a dairy cow dropped in our laps a week ago for free. She is an ayershire. Before we got her she had a calf 4 years ago and the people we got her from have not milked her but her calf has been nursing since then. We got her exactly a week ago but have not milked her. My wife...
  2. Homesteading Questions
    I am very new to homesteading. We purchased a cow who was supposedly bred (now I don't think she is), who is fairly attached to me and allows me to handle her to some extent. But then we also purchased a couple of others so that she'd have a herd (partly because, before we did, she ran away in...
  3. Cattle
    We just received our new milking machine! And we can’t get any suction! The instructions we less then helpful. We kinda know what we are doing from using milking machines a couple times in the past but it’s been a long time. We checked all the lines and everything seams sealed up fine? Any ideas...
  4. Dairy
    For those of you who have a family milk cow, how do you store all of that extra milk? Where did you get the containers to store it? We are currently using 1 quart mason jars but are running out quickly. Any advice would be appreciated. Also, any suggestions on finding cheaper equipment would be...
  5. Dairy
    Has anyone have any experience with a Tulsan Milk machines. Made in Turkey and suppose to be popular milking equipment in Europe. They are now available through Mitty supply. Same company owns Zama and Walbro carbs which is on almost any small two stroke engine. Anyway just looking for some...
  6. Goats
    What are you guys doing besides ice baths and freezer to cool your milk fast? Has anyone ever tried the reusable ice cubes and put them directly into the milking pale? Obviously first thoughts are cleanliness. I was thinking about boiling the reusable ice cubes in a zip-lock bag and then...
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