Milking machine

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by Danny, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. Danny

    Danny Active Member

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    I know lots of people don't like milking machines because of the clean up time, but how long and much trouble is it to clean a single cow machine?
    Does anyone use them and would you buy again?
    I have read how fast some people can milk by hand and believe me I will never come close to that.
    Time, convenience, cost, etc any ideas on the matter would help. Thanks
     
  2. Haggis

    Haggis MacCurmudgeon

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    I've been using a milking machine on 1, and sometimes 2 cows. They are not much trouble to clean, but wall mounted washers are made for the hoses and cups; they run off your milk machine pump. If you have a dairy kitchen (we will in a month or two, and then we won't need the wall mounted rig) you can use your pump to pull soapy water or some sort of anti-bacterial cleaner through your hoses and cups until they are clean.The bucket is no different than any other bucket, just larger.

    The machine can pull a cow dry in 5 or 6 minutes, depending on the amount of milk the cow is giving. I think my girls are happier to get into and out of the parlor a bit faster, and my are-thir-I-tiz doesn't mind the machine doing the milking one bit.
     

  3. Danny

    Danny Active Member

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    Haggis
    If you don't mind me asking what brand or where did you get the machine?

    Any other good suggestions?

    Thanks
     
  4. Haggis

    Haggis MacCurmudgeon

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    I bought a single bucket model from The Parts Department for about $1300. I've never worked with a better group of folks.
     
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    If you want an inexpensive route, find a standard bucket milker and use a Shop-Vac for a pump. Sounds crazy, but it works! I've got a friend whose family has done it for years.

    Mark
     
  6. Danny

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