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Milking Questions

 
Travis Day
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Location: Idaho, 43rd parallel Zone 6A
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Hello, I am going to be getting a miniature jersey next year and I would like to know what milking machine would be best for a mini ? I will be building a elevated stanchion to help and maybe a drop down floor at the bag area would help.

I saw this and I liked it because no need for power and the cost but it looks like it would not fit under a mini
http://www.udderlyez.com/cow_milkers.php

Any input or ideas would be great




 
c cagle
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I would not EVER use one of those regularly - it only builds vacuum, not a build and release action. So the more you hand pump the harder and harder it sucks. You can easily ruin teats and cause mastitis and rupture blood vessels and .....

Vacuum needs to have a cycle to it, on-off-on-off, etc.

I ended up buying a surge bucket milker and installing an old dairy vacuum pump and running tubing to my stanchion for my 42" jersey/guernsey. Total cost was maybe $500 and a ton of work running electric and figuring out how to regulate pressure, etc, but it was well worth it. If you have more $$ than buying a smaller, portable, quiet system would be ideal.

GL!
 
Travis Day
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Location: Idaho, 43rd parallel Zone 6A
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Thanks that is good to know.

I will look into building one like what you did, now would you have a parts list by any chance ?
 
Tim Southwell
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Location: Hamilton, MT
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Doing some brainstorming on adding a dairy cow to the farm mix next year. I am looking to renovate an old barn building on my prop and would like to dedicate a space for milking the cow as necessary over the course of the year. Understanding breeds come in all shapes / sizes, I was hoping someone could guide me to info on best size for milking stall / station for one cow. I am interested in dimensions for this stall / station, as well as details on other necessary implements to make it as accommodating for the type of breed as well as the farmer doing the milking. Any info is appreciated. Happy New Year.
 
Sherry Jansen
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Location: Southern MN
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Hubby made a milking vacuum from an old car AC pump and we found used devalue milking buckets and bought hoses, cups and the whole system cost under $50. We milk goats, sheep and hope one day to have a small cow.
 
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