Every dairy farmer needs a correctly performing milking machine for the daily milking exercises. With the advancement of technology, people have made a step in life to try coming up with different inventions and innovations at large.
Most people have turned to DIY projects to avoid spending more cash on buying new products in the market that might be costlier as such. The DIY goat milking machine is an ideal invention for farmers who need to avoid spending large sums of money to purchase new machines from stores.
Out there, there are several tips and tutorials with clear instructions on how to design a homemade goat milking machine. They are simplified with photos and videos to ensure all details are grasped with a lot of ease.
In this article, you will learn all the basics of building a DIY goat milking machine, how it operates, and its general maintenance cleaning tips.
A Basic Idea When Creating The Machine
Before you embark on the real project, you should learn a few basics about the goat milking machine. The goat milking machines get designed in a way that they mimic the natural way of milking. Thus, the goat will let the milk to flow down with ease. The milking machines were made to save labor, especially in the dairy farms where they deal with large herds.
It’s also an ideal machine to goat owners having many goats to milk, and they can’t afford the commercial milking machines. The machines work faster hence saving more on time and energy.
Besides this, the goat milking machines are both portable and strongly built. The DIY goat milking machines are built, ensuring excellent efficiency and workability. They are also made in a way they don’t pose any health risks on the livestock.
The basic idea in the functioning of the goat milking machine lies in the creation of low pressure in the jar. This is achieved by sucking the air out of the jar through a tube.
The milk should not touch the airline; additionally, it should not pass get through the pump. The overall result is forcing milk to flow through another tube into the jar. When creating the machine, the milk line and airline sides should be completely separate.
Now, after getting an idea on the basics of the functioning of the goat milking machine, it’s time to get into the real project. First, learn about the essential requirement to get the project started.
- A milk bucket
- Check valve
- Vacuum pump with a regulator and a balance tank
- Teat cups
All parts should fit well together for the machine to perform correctly. Improperly fitted parts might make the vacuum seal fail. You need to research first the basic requirements for this project so that you use only specialized parts that will offer maximum performance.
Before you embark on buying the parts, you also need to seek advice from a reputable dairy supply company on the ideal parts that will possibly fit well together.
Other parts, like the vacuum pump, are bought from online stores. The amount of suction by the pump in the milking process should be maintained at a certain level at large. The pumps should come along with a regulator and a balance tank; they are the critical parts to monitor and adjust the amount of suction in the pump.
Further Read: How to Make Goat Milking Machine
Step By Step Guide to Make a Goat Milking Machine.
First, get your lid to cover the milk bucket. Ensure you don’t create a vacuum seal by placing a gasket under the lid. Additionally, ensure every part fits its place to avoid common construction mistakes.
It’s now time to place the pulsator on the lid. The pulsator should sit over the check valve. Still, work as you ensure the machine is properly vacuum sealed.
Once the pulsator is in its place, start building the milk hoses. The hoses should have tubing and an inline shutoff valve. The valves are located directly behind the teat cup. They help to cut vacuum pressure at the teats after milking.[youtube_advanced url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8co5ELioXRo” width=”600″ height=”400″ responsive=”yes” controls=”yes” autohide=”alt” autoplay=”no” mute=”no” loop=”no” rel=”yes” fs=”yes” modestbranding=”no” theme=”dark” playsinline=”no”]
Insert inflations to assemble each teat cup into its place. Attach the teat cups at each end of each hose; they should be attached at one end.
Make a little cut of each hose, a few inches back from the teat cup, and fix your inline shutting valve. You’re almost complete, attach your milking hoses to the nipples, and pass them through the lid down to the bucket.
This is the last step in the construction of the goat milking machine. It’s time to fix other parts and test the machine. Now, you’ll attach the vacuum pump to the pulsator. The pump should include a regulator and balance tank to monitor the amount of suction during the milking process.
The regulator allows machine operators to adjust the vacuum levels. The pulsator, on the other hand, is meant to enable the vacuum to level get in touch to the ends of the milking hoses. This allows the milk to flow smoothly from the goat’s teat to the milking bucket and prevents it from sucking back into the balance tank.
Once you’ve built your machine, you will set it for testing. If you follow this construction guide keenly, then possibly the machine will effectively work. Let’s learn more about how to operate the goat milking machine and how to clean it.
Operating The Machine
You need a source of power to operate your milking machine. First, plug your pump into a power outlet. Ensure the tubes are connected to their respective points. Ensure there is no vacuum created in the system by fixing all the loose tubes.
Also, ensure the lid is fitted correctly with the gasket under it. Once you have proved all connections are correctly made and secure, switch your power outlet on.
Next, you will place the inflations into the teats of the goat. If you’re not set to milk, hold the caps over the inflation tops to enable the formation of a vacuum. The pulsator will start pulsating once a vacuum level of 13” is attained.
Usually, plug forms on the goat’s teats. So before you insert the inflations, you need to milk the goat by hand a couple of times. This way, you’ll get rid of the plug and also check on the milk before you start to milk. As a point of caution, always avoid exposing the teats to excess vacuum since this will later damage them.
You’ll always need all the milk to come down from the udder, right? While in the milking process, you’ll regularly pump and massage the udder to get it all flowing out. Do this until the udder is empty then you switch off the pump.
This is how to operate a goat milking machine. After milking your goat, you’ll move to the next goat or if none is remaining, unplug everything, clean the machine, and store it in the right place for future use.
How to Clean The Goat Milking Machine Properly
Cleaning the milking machine is simple. There is a need for proper maintenance of your milking machine to serve you for an extended period. Most importantly, you should ensure the tubes are cleaned regularly and disinfected after use.
While the machine is on, hold the inflations under a bathtub. You should use warm water to clean the machine. Water will be sucked into the bucket through the inflations.[youtube_advanced url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vXty5GBZFg” width=”600″ height=”400″ responsive=”yes” controls=”yes” autohide=”alt” autoplay=”no” mute=”no” loop=”no” rel=”yes” fs=”yes” modestbranding=”no” theme=”dark” playsinline=”no”]
A sufficient amount of water should run through the system. Next, get a dilute bleach and also run it through the system the same manner you did with warm water. Complete by rinsing the system with plain water; however, it should be clean, warm water.
Lastly, you will set your machine to dry up thoroughly. Get off the rubber portion to allow the inflations to dry up well and faster. Do this also to the lid and the bucket; they need to dry up thoroughly before you store them.
In case you used loops to close the sides of the lid, you need to remove them also, wash them and let them dry up. The cleaning process is essential to avoid the buildup of mold and other bacteria in the system that will spoil your milk and also affect the teats of the goat.
In this article, you’ve learned how to build the goat milking machine. You have also known how to operate it and clean it for future use. Proper maintenance of the milking machine should be adhered to, not only to serve you for an extended period but also to ensure your milk doesn’t spoil and also maintain the teats of the goat health.
You need to clean your machine regularly to
avoid all mishaps of using a little maintained machine. You can consider dismantling everything once a month and have them cleaned separately. Besides this, once deciding to build a goat milking machine, ensure you use only specialized parts so that you get an efficiently working machine.