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Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association / Proceedings of the ninth annual meeting of the Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association held at Monroe, Wisconsin, Thursday and Friday, March 11 and 12, 1909

Davis, Dalles E.
What the milking machine has done for the dairyman,   pp. 61-64 ff. PDF (853.1 KB)

Page 62

B. L. K. Milker our actual repairs on account of breakage
or imperfect pieces of machinery has been less than five
dollars -and the rubbers I have now will-last almost another
year. As we run a sixty light dynamo with the same
gasoline engine that we run the air pumps with I cannot
give .the actual cost of running the machinery. Running
the lights and all however it takes about twelve gallons
per week at a cost in wholesale quantities of llk2 cents per
gallon and at retail prices from 14 to 18 cents per gallon.
I would sav here that it is very essential to have good light
while operating the machine.
The machines need good attention while operating and
unless a man is willing to do this himself or at least see
that some one else does so he better not install one.
There are -nianv difficuties arising in the operating of
the machines, such as keeping the rubber parts in perfect
repair, seeing that the rubber mouth-pieces fits the teat in
such a way that no air is admitted to break the vacuum,
keeping the releif valves open and the frictional parts well
cleaned and lubricated.  The regular pressure must be
maintained so that the teats and udders will not become
inflammed or sore.  I find that many of these things are
hard of accomplishment because of the lack of interest on
the part of operators, the varying quantities of milk which
some cows give and the different construction and texture
of some cows teats and udders. These difficulties are more
numerous in the summer months than the winter months.
We always strip after milking in order to keep better
posted on how the machines are handling the cows; the
amount of striping varying from one to four gallons on a
bunch of forty cows. Perhaps some of you dairymen say
this does not sound very well and to say the truth some of
these conditions are not as I would wish them. However,
by patience and perserverence, I have for twenty months
milked a bunch of thirty-five or forty cows with a fair
degree of success. We find that most of the difficulties
can be surmountedl but some of them cannot and at the

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