Well my new milk pump finally arrived, I have pretty much got Bea used to the surge belly milker... not nearly as much kicking ;D but with her big udder I cannot use all 4 of my cups at a time... the back ones will not stay on and the front ones get kinked so they do not allow milk flow.
I looked in the T of K section and saw some ideas under the "low cow" thread. Does anyone else have this problem and if so, what did you do to resolve it? I should also say Bea gives me more milk than can fit in my bucket... I ususally milk her out till it is full which is around 3 1/2 gallons and sometimes that is just from 2 quarters. Her calf is on her during the day, penned up at night, and I have my orphan calf nursing once a day.
I am also wondering if increasing the pressure on the pump may help? How high can I safely go?
Thanks folks! Rose
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Rose and husband Darrell in Monument, OR. Animal pals include Brown Swiss/Jersey girl Lass, her daughter Heidi, Brandy and Bella the Rottweiler dogs, cats, beef cattle, horses, pigs & fowl. Volunteer EMT, riding instructor, custom butcher... first and foremost a farmer!
I shortened the front inflations for Daisy for the first couple of years I milked her. She had really short back teats, so I was having the same problem as you are. I just clipped about an inch off the fronts and this was enough to allow me to milk.
You only want to go to about 12 1/2 pounds of pressure for the machine. You may want to slow the pulsator down if she's a hard milker, to be sure to empty the teats each squeeze.
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