goat milker

topic posted Sat, April 4, 2009 - 2:09 PM by  AMANDA
anyone out there ever built an electric goat milking machine? I have seen some infor on doing it with a large automobliles vacuum pump, a 1/3 hp reversable motor and some other equipment.
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New York
  • Re: goat milker

    Sat, April 4, 2009 - 2:57 PM
    Nope, we always milked them by hand. I don't remember it taking very long but maybe that's because our goats were more like dogs, good company.
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      Sun, April 5, 2009 - 5:22 AM
      true enough, I love my goats but I want to be more efficient and be sure to get all her milky goodness. I am a novice milker and my girls are used to milking machines.
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        Sun, April 5, 2009 - 6:58 AM
        I'd ask the previous owner what sort of milking machine they used. We got a gallon and a half a day from each of our girls so production was not a problem. But I know that milk production can vary from one animal to the next.
        Congrats on keeping goats. They really are lovely creatures.
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          Sun, April 5, 2009 - 10:27 AM
          They have their sweet side. They are damned hard on land sometimes, and have a distressing habit of girdling the bark off of trees. They are also.....capricious and sometimes downright and weirdly wicked to the point where you notice that they are obviously of the devil, cloven hooves, horns, goatee and all.
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            Mon, April 6, 2009 - 4:51 AM
            bad experiences with the Caprinae? My girls were bottle fed babies and it seems to make an enormous difference in their temperament. They are almost dog like.
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              Mon, April 6, 2009 - 5:52 AM
              Its the billies who are the hardest to handle. I've seen a few people get into herds and let them do considerable environmental damage. I still love goats, though have not kept them in years. I got into them in the 70's sometime when VA tech was giving away goats from carl sandbergs herd which he had left them and they had parked on a local farm and they had done the considerable environmental damage thing as they reproduced their way to catastrophe. So we went to a round up and got a half a dozen wild toggenbergs and we were ignorant young hippies, and info was way harder to come by in those days. Things have sure come a long way when plans for a homemade goat milking machine are online!! We built a stanchion and one person held the goat while another person milked. Subsequent generations were tamer and bottle fed and all. But for real, they can sure be trouble, even the nicest ones. The damage to fruit trees can be quick and irreparable.
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    Re: goat milker

    Mon, April 6, 2009 - 7:44 AM
    I should think you'd need a lot of goats to make the effort worth the bother.
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    Mon, April 6, 2009 - 11:41 AM

    Actually, I must admit that I have indeed built a small goat milking facility. Its been a while (about 10 years) and I have intentionally tried to forget the trauma of my "goat years". I made a 2 goat elevated milking station. for the vacuum pump we did use an old and cantankerous unit that we bought off another hobbyist... I did see others that were hand made, but then you have to make sure you are getting the right amount of pressure and volume... this is important. If you build your own, the volume of the vacuum chamber must be big enough to buffer the momentary losses of pressure. A small chamber will lose its vacuum quickly. Think of it as the reverse in buying an air compressor.
    I toured a professional dairy and he showed me the vacuum chamber he built using (very) large diameter PVC pipe.

    You should be able to find the stainless vacuum milk vats from several sources new or used... but buy all the tubing, milkers, milk valves new... they are hard enough to keep clean and sometimes used stuff is nasty.

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