Losing the calf sort of overshadowed other things.
Tuesday I received my new milking machine. My old Surge vacuum pump was giving up the ghost and I'll be milking goats in the spring, so I went ahead and got a setup on ebay. I already have 2 Surge buckets for the cows, so I had the new one set up for goat milking.
I have to say that I am very impressed with the machine and the seller -- Mike Perry of Louisiana. Mike is very nice, helpful, and easy to deal with. The vacuum pump is very small and compact, small enough to run an extension cord and carry it to the pen. The method he used of adding tubing and closing off certain openings to convert the bucket for goats seems like it will work real well. There are 2 claws, the bucket will sit on the ground and the tubing is long enough to bring the claws to the goat. All the tubing is clear. The instruction manual that he includes is excellent and very informative -- almost a "must have" for people new to Surge milkers. I sure wish I'd had one years ago when I bought my first Surge! He gives step by step details on pulsator maintenance and repair, including an excellent diagram of the parts and where they go.
The price was $575, plus shipping. He will also sell vacuum pumps and ready-to-milk buckets separately. (and I emailed and told him that I was going to rave about him over here!)
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Post by BasleeBackwoodsFarm on Aug 4, 2005 9:12:09 GMT -5
Mine that I just got originally came from Mike Perry also. It too has the clear tubing. The gal I bought it from didn't or couldn't find the book she had from it. I am gonna try to get in touch with him to get one. She had it set up for a goat also, so I had to purchace the extra claws and tubing. No big deal except the place didn't have the clear for the other two. Oh well. I guess no big deal except it would be nice to see the milk flow to know when to take off that particular claw. Live and learn. LOL
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The clear tubing is added to extend it for goats. For cows, the inflations are connected directly to the lid and the bucket hangs under the cow on a specially made strap thingy (can't think of what it's called right now -- Mike has them too).
I can't remember which one right now, but one of the dairy supply companies does sell a clear inflation for the Surge milker. I've thought about getting a set, it would be nice to see the milk flow.
Last Edit: Aug 4, 2005 9:31:18 GMT -5 by AnnB (NE)
I had to laugh at this thread--I think I 'shadow' AnnB!! If/when I get a machine, this is the same guy I'd talked to & I'd buy one from! He seems honest & willing to help--that means alot! Plus he isn't charging an arm and a leg for the machines! Janene
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It works great. So far I've used it for 3 milkings (and am headed out for tonight's milking in a few minutes) and I couldn't be happier.
Since we moved I no longer have a barn to milk in, just a stanchion beside the pen, so the small size makes it so much easier to bring the pump back and forth from the house. Before I got it, I'd either drag the big one down by the pen, or bring the cow up to the backdoor! A lot of days it was just easier to handmilk.
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