How did you go Eliden? The cheapest, (and nastiest) and only portable milking machine I can find in Australia is @ $1300, and its plastic and imported from some country that I cannot pronounce the name of!
In December, a lady in the next state from me advertised an old Alpha Laval (excellent) brand for $300, and I'm keen to buy it, however, she's had some family difficulties, and communication is not high on her priority list at the moment. I contacted her again, to remind her to send me a little bit more of info, and she had completely forgotten about it. So... I'll wait again, she's promised to send it to me.
I hate buying things "sight unseen" however, given the price, and that she said it was working when she last used it "two years ago" I might have to take the gamble. Being an old motor, my mechanic DH could probably do whatever it needs doing to it.
Heidi I bought my pump(s) Delaval and motors at an auction about 9 years ago. The same auction I got a couple of Surge buckets and a Delaval, plus a big pail of pulsators and claws etc. Now I use the on line link places for replacement parts. This site does international orders, you should check them out, although if you can get a hold of that Alpha Laval lady, I would grab it. They are pretty simple machines.
Registered milking Dexters, Reannagh, Lissy, Wicked, registered Jerseys; 'Oly Cow and Xavia, Cuckoo Marans, Tika, Maggie, Balou, the Bad Bernese Mountain Dogs! and one DH (Dexter Helper - Denis!)
mountainharvest: Mine do well as well with guns..I would not shoot from the saddle or anything though! We have a helicopter pilot for a neighbor, so they got used to noise very fast! Plus, we live in a hunting rich area, and we harvest our families pork ourselves...
Dec 29, 2013 16:28:59 GMT -5
critterscorner: We are looking into getting a few pigs this year too. We would be very interested in some tips, by tips I mean exact play by play instructions on how to harvest them ourselves. Do you do your own smoking as well?
Jan 1, 2014 16:10:16 GMT -5
mountainharvest: Would love to give you tips and advice! We do not do our own smoking, just not set up for it, and we only kill for our family, then have our butcher cut it up...its not that it is hard, just need a good, clean space and we don't have that.
Jan 1, 2014 16:15:13 GMT -5
mountainharvest: Because we sell most of our pork, it has to go through the gov't inspection thing...so we don't do a lot on farm. But, I was a meat cutter a few years back, so learned a lot, and there are great books out there, too
Jan 1, 2014 16:16:16 GMT -5
critterscorner: Ok, I do have a good butchering book here, if I come across anything I don't understand I know who to ask.
Jan 1, 2014 16:34:47 GMT -5
mountainharvest: Saying goodbye to my matriarch jersey cow tomorrow...feeling sad about that! But, we are keeping her daughter, Juneau, to replace her, just hope she's half the cow mama Elli-May is!
Feb 28, 2014 14:02:36 GMT -5
mountainharvest: We did...we don't need 2 milking cows for our family, and the thought of keeping her until the end and hamburger-ing her did not appeal to us! She was 9, so still has lots of life left, so time for her to go to another loving family!
Mar 5, 2014 12:27:47 GMT -5
birdsongmilkmaid: I sold one of my cows as a 9-year-old; she's 11 now, happy and healthy, and due to calve again in May. My oldest cow on the farm right now will be celebrating her 9th birthday on April 1st. She's a new cow for me, so I'm really hoping for a heifer calf!
Mar 5, 2014 19:57:35 GMT -5
mountainharvest: I'll cross my fingers for you!
Mar 9, 2014 18:48:38 GMT -5
teamduggan: We are looking for another milk cow. We live in Cache Creek BC, and are currently milking 2 jerseys. I hope I am writing this in the right spot, I have never used a site like this before.
Apr 12, 2014 11:38:33 GMT -5
teamduggan: Opps...hit enter too soon. Our number is 250-457-6559.
Apr 12, 2014 11:40:02 GMT -5
mountainharvest: Did you get your heifer yet, Naomi? How are you faring with all the flooding...did it affect you?
May 20, 2014 9:02:42 GMT -5
nanvalley: Looking for a Canadienne hiefer for sale.
Jun 1, 2014 8:11:19 GMT -5
birdsongmilkmaid: No, I didn't get a heifer from my 9-year-old yet (I hope to breed her this month), but my 4-year-old had a heifer on May 30th. She had a heifer last year as well, so it's the first time I've had a cow give me two heifers in a row.
Jun 18, 2014 2:07:52 GMT -5
mountainharvest: Nanvalley, where are you? google Tatlayoko Ford, they have Canadiennes, in BC.
Jul 23, 2014 18:14:14 GMT -5
maxriemer555: hi there my name is max and i live in cape town.i am raising a bucket calf and have some questions how many hours a part my i feed him. he is 3 week old
Jul 28, 2014 12:12:03 GMT -5
birdsongmilkmaid: I usually feed my calves three or four times a day at that age. So if I was feeding four times a day, I would feed at, say 8 am, 12 pm, 4 pm, and again at 8 pm. I usually try to split the feedings fairly evenly throughout the day.
Aug 2, 2014 22:08:01 GMT -5