Using a milking machine on a one teated doe?

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by Rose, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. Rose

    Rose New Member

    Our best milking doe, an Alpine, has only one teat, due to an injury when she was with the folks before I got her. She still makes a gallon per day at peak lactation.

    I've been looking at the milking machines, but don't have enough info about them to know if you can 'turn off' one inflation when milking a one teated doe.

    Can this be done?
  2. Rambar Ranch

    Rambar Ranch Member

    You can buy plugs that you can put into your inflation to plug one side when milking a doe like this. Also, depending on how you set up your inflations you may have a shut-off valve on your line, if you have 2 lines (1 for each inflation) then you would only need to shut the valve off. If you have 1 line from your milk can that splits then I would just go with a simple plug, their only about $2-$4 and you can order them from


  3. BlueHeronFarm

    BlueHeronFarm New Member

    Our machine has valves. ...don't they all? I mean don't you have to turn it off to stop suction before removing inflations?? Some of our does milk faster on one side than the other- we routinely shut off the side that finished first.
  4. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

    yep I have shut off valves on each inflation so can milk one at a time.
  5. coso

    coso Guest

    Nope, a lot of the old timers just used the plugs like Ray was talking about. I actually used the plugs with my first bucket. You are just shutting the air off a different way with the plugs then you are with the valve. But the valves are a lot handier. And after you start using claws its even better because you don't have to use either if you don't want to. I've seen those plugs hanging around in a lot of old cow milk barns.
  6. BlissBerry

    BlissBerry Guest

    And don't forget you can also just kink the hose to cut off the vacuum. :)

    Personally, I use the shut off valves and love them.

  7. coso

    coso Guest

    :lol Yep, that too, would work.
  8. Dont go out and buy a plug. The black rubber ones after about a year will try dry and brittle on you. The best ones are the hard plastic style.

    Or, what we used is really simple. Go to the grocery and get a can of Pringles...the old style with the clear lid. Eat the Pringles and save the lid and just place that on top of the inflation and its flexable enough to make a seal on it. Then just wash it like you do the rest of your milking equiptment.

    Ken in MO
  9. coso

    coso Guest

    There you go. You have a stopper and a meal to boot. :lol
  10. BlissBerry

    BlissBerry Guest

    And some milk to wash it all down. :biggrin

  11. Kaye White

    Kaye White Guest

    :rofl Too funny!
  12. old dominion

    old dominion New Member

    Ken you are my kind of guy.

    My milking machine has the classic claw set up and it milks my one teated doe perfectly!