Dairy Equipment, Surge and Dairy Goats

Cleaning equipment


Cleaning your equipment



We clean out our milker after each use.  To start we have a small bucket heater that we plug in and put in a 2 gallon pail of water to heat while we are milking.  We also have a one gallon pail of water with  about 1/8 teaspoon of bleach added we dip the inflations still attached to the hose in between milking, it helps from spreading bacteria from goat to goat.  I leave it soak while getting the next goat.  Then get it out and lay it over the pail to drain a little.  You can also try spraying bleach water into each inflation before milking, but I feel the first method works better.

Remember to unplug heater

After milking, empty milk in a filtered strainer, then I put the inflations still attached to hoses etc. in the bucket of bleach water and turn the vacuum pump on to pull it through to rinse milker, then dump out.

I unplug my heater and add dairy detergent or dishwasher detergent to the hot water.  There are many ways to clean up the equipment.  You only need to clean the  inflations, milk hoses, pail, lid, remove pulsator from lid, don't get it wet.  If it does get wet it will surrive.   I set the pulsator out of the way next to the wash tub so you can  put the shells etc. in the water.  I leave the air hose attached to the shells and pulsator, (they don't get washed)   so water don't get in the shells, they can get mold if wet inside.  Occasionally I pull the hose off and let the water in the shell to clean them, then rinse, hang up, and put a spoon or something between the inflation and shell to allow air to get in and dry them.

1 Cleaning method-Put the hot water with dairy cleaner in a dish tub and put the equipment in and let soak a few minutes, there are narrow brushes you can clean out the hose, however silicone hose may scratch, so you can swish them around in the water. I only brush them out maybe once a week, the swishing seems to work. Then rinse, I pour the hot water from the dish pan in the milker/pail and  brush a few seconds, then rinse.  You can do all this at the house if you don't have far to carry it.  

2 Cleaning method-I turn the vacuum on and run the bleach water from the bucket I dip the inflations in, into the milker, that rinses the tubes and milk pail, dump the water out and follow the above instructions. At shows I follow this method and then try to find hot water and fill a bucket and add detergent and pull this water through, then run some rinse water through.  That's about all you can do at a show and thoroughly clean up at home.

3 It is recommended you rinse you equipment with a acid dip every few weeks to get the milkstone out. Follow  directions on the acid rinse container.  This may not be needed to often if you don't use the milk for human consumption. The milk film that you cannot see in the pail can make the milk off flavor.

4 Everyone has their own method, as long as the equipment is clean any method can work.

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