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)
NINTH ANNUAL CONVENTION. 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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