We are thinking of getting a milk machine but are wondering what the washing procedure is for them. We don't have water or heat in our barn so we just haul a container of hot water out there to wash her udder right now. Can anyone tell me what the procedure is and if I could bring a machine home and wash it without a dishwasher? Any help would be great. Thanks so much!
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Post by BissyAndBessie on Nov 5, 2010 23:00:52 GMT -5
I tell my customers to have 2 buckets of water, 2 gallons each. In one put cool water (hot will degrade the inflations, and cause milk stone to build up)and soap. In the other put clean water and a splash of bleach. Suck up the soapy water, then the clear. (make sure to transfer the milk to a tote first.) Dump the wash water out. spray out the inside of the milk tank and outer lip with a spray bottle filled with bleach/water solution. Spray off the bottom of the lid and under the gasket. Wipe dry. Cover with a sheet.
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Post by BlackWillowFarm on Nov 6, 2010 8:36:28 GMT -5
I have water in the barn, but not hot water. I carry a bucket of hot/warm soapy bleach water to the barn with me, plus a container of warm water with udder wash solution in it.
I pour the milk into a tote, rinse the milker with fresh water, suck the warm soap/bleach water through using the vacuum pump, pour it out, rinse the suds out with fresh water, then follow with an Iodine rinse and leave that on. The Iodine does not get rinsed off. Then I take it apart and hang in a closet to air dry. Once a week I bring everything into the house and tear it down for an acid wash.
Something I'm not doing, but will have to find a way to do, is just before milking each time, I have to run Iodine, or some kind of sanitizing solution through the machine, drain, then milk.
My milk will stay fresh for at least two weeks in the fridge, but my milk tests at the lab show I could use a better sanitizing routine because my plate count numbers are not a zero where I want them. The lab suggests the pre-rinse with Iodine just before milking. That's the part of my routine I will be changing.
There is also a product called HC-10 that the lab recommended, but it's really too expensive to use for me. I also have a bucket heater in the barn so I can make more hot water if needed. It takes 20 minutes to heat 2 gallons of water though. I added 2 bull calves to the chore list and having enough hot water to clean their buckets/bottles was a challenge. The bucket heater keeps me from having to lug 2 3-gallon buckets full to the barn. Keeping the heater clean enough is another issue for me that I need to address. If I just hang it out there, it's exposed to all kinds of 'stuff'. HOpefully, I can make a bag for it to hang inside.
The iodine rinse needs to stay on the bucket for 1 minute. I just dump the water out and turn it upside downto drain without drying.
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