I am thinking more recently about getting a machine milking set up. My milking routine with calf sharing sure is a pain, worth it lol but its a pain. I now milk in 3 stages. I milk her as much as I can without her calf, then once I'm getting nothing I bring in her calf and she lets down again. Once I'm getting nothing I let the calf drink and she lets down a third time. Pretty ridiculous!I'm thinking if I had a machine it would milk her out on that first let down. Am I right to assume that? I don't want to spend an absurd amount of money for the convenience though, how much should I expect to spend? IT seems pretty complicated with the can, claw, pulsator, vaccuum pump, and regulators. Could someone boil this down for me?
No, the machine will not help with letdown but it will speed up the time that it takes to milk out that same volume. You'll still need to let the calf nurse to get a good letdown. The only thing that will simplify your routine would be to separate and bottle feed the calf, and milk the cow twice daily w/o the calf.
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Post by basenjigirl on Sept 8, 2020 18:33:06 GMT -5
In my experience, it depends on the cow. If I have a cow that is stubborn to let down, I let the calf have one quarter while I milk the other 3 with the machine. If the cow will let down, I milk 3 quarters first then turn the calf with the mom after I finish for however many hours I have set up for that calf.
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i should say that her let down is fine for the first 10 or so minutes i just can't milk fast enough i guess. I feel like im milking fast but it is 3 gallons lol, how long does it take you guys? from the videos i've watched the machines can milk a cow out in about 5 minutes so i would think itd get it all on the first let down. but besides simplifying the milking routine, i also got an infection in my hand when i was younger and now it gets real sore in the cold so thats another factor. thinking of winter!
justin: for josie i'd say it takes a few minutes for her to let down again once her calf comes into the stall, then for the third let down once he nurses it only takes about a minute like kelsey said
but anyway if anyone out there could give me a guesstimate of what a used machine would cost and if you find theyre worth it id love to find out more about them. i found one old refurbished set up with pump included for 450. I don't really want to spend that but i feel like i won't find much cheaper.
www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/559893654687999 here's the ad, thats for the can and pulsator, i asked if he ever sells the pump he says that he sells the whole set up for 450. its refurbished old style one. ill post a picture of the pump set up he sent me. he fixes them and sells them i think.
yikes yes i read one review where her cows teat was so damaged she might've lost the quarter. no thanks!! yeah i do like the idea of the old style milkers, does anyone know if 450 for something like this refurbished is a good price? the guy is going to be headed up my way in a couple weeks(he's too far for me to drive) so if you guys think it's a good idea i've got two weeks to convince my hubby!!! lol he doesn't think i need a milker for one cow...but he's not the one milking her!!
well the ad only has the bucket with the pulsator, and he was asking 150 for that. he seemed to know a lot about them so i asked hi mif he was also selling the pump and he said yes the whole set up for 450. kelsey when you say you're confused why he didn't post the picture of pump do you mean on the ad? or the picture i posted? i thought the picture i posted was the pump lol i will feel really silly if it's not. what are the components of a surge milker? so there's the bucket, claw, pulsator and that is attached to the vacuum pump with regulator and gauge right? and that will be connected to some power source?
Post by josiegirl on Sept 10, 2020 12:13:58 GMT -5
the way he built the stancheon only one person can really reach her udder unfortunately lol plus he has huuuuuge hands that kinda make a mess.
just to be clear, is 450 a fair price for the refurbished bucket, claw and pump? not to be repetetive i just want to be super sure cuz thats a big investment. im pretty sure hubby already broke down and will get it for me if i decide i want it.
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