Here’s a couple more fun photos from the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.
The World Dairy Expo was held last weekend in Madison, Wisconsin.
Serving as a “forum for dairy producers, companies, organizations and other dairy enthusiasts to come together to compete, and to exchange ideas, knowledge, technology, and commerce,” the Udderly EZ products were prominently featured by several distributors.
Besides the commercial exhibits, the Expo held seminars on such topics as robotic milking systems, A2 milk, transition cow health, mycotoxin in feedstuffs, consumer perceptions, cover crops, and future farm labor.
Eight dairies held virtual farm tours featuring technology and innovation, outstanding milk production and genetics, strong community ties and first-generation immigrant farmers, top-notch cow and calf care and an expanding dairy. There were National 4-H, National Intercollegiate, and International Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle judging contests, as well as international breed shows for Jersey, Milking Shorthorn, Brown Swiss, Ayrshire, Guernsey, Red & White, and Holstein breeds.
But amidst all the considerations for commercial dairies, the small farmer and homesteader wasn’t forgotten … and that’s where the Udderly EZ and Ultimate EZ came into their own. Two distributors included Coburn Dairy Equipment and IVS Veterinary Supplies.
Expos such as these are a prime opportunity for the dairy world to learn about the latest in dairying technology — both large and small.
Many people interested in rural life are familiar with MaryJane’s Farm in Moscow, Idaho. MaryJane Butters is to small farming/homesteading what Martha Stewart is to domesticity: a brilliant entrepreneur who took a humble profession and elevated it to a magnificent art form.
Well, guess what: MaryJane uses the UltimateEZ milker with her Jersey cows.
In the Oct/Nov 2017 issue of MaryJane’sFarm magazine (pgs. 64-65, to be exact), Ms. Butters is photographed in a white dress with her beautiful Jerseys. “I don’t really milk my cows in a white dress,” she admits, “but I was inspired to dress in one for my ‘Milk Cow Kitchen’ book because I’ve comes across so many historic photos of Victorian women milking a cow while dressed in white. We’ve come a long way, because not only am I missing a corset, I also get to use a small, portable machine called the Ultimate EZ Milker. Truly easy and brilliantly designed, it turns the chore into an absolute pleasure.”
Thank you, MaryJane, for your vote of confidence!
Among the Amish, the Udderly EZ milker is very popular. But even off-grid, this sturdy hand milker may not be the best fit.
Take, for example, Levi Fisher. Mr. Fisher owns a small manufacturing company making off-grid laundry equipment.
Like most Amish, Mr. Fisher keeps Jersey cows. “I usually milk two, but I’m down to one,” he says.
But Mr. Fisher has a complication: He has Lyme’s disease. Hand-milking was too difficult. Then a friend showed him an advertisement for the Udderly EZ hand milker.
However even the Udderly EZ proved to be too much. The electrical Ultimate EZ wasn’t an option, since he’s off-grid. So, since he is in manufacturing, Mr. Fisher set out making some changes to the Ultimate EZ: He built the prototype for a solar-powered Ultimate EZ.
Buck Wheeler with EZ Animal Products took Mr. Fisher’s prototype and created the EZ Solar SolutionTM for the Ultimate EZ milker.
“I’ve been using the EZ Solar Solution for three and a half years now,” says Mr. Fisher. “I’ve never had any problems with it.”
Mr. Fisher says some people have the mistaken belief the EZ milkers aren’t good for cows because they don’t alternate between teats like hand-milking does. “But a calf doesn’t suck all four teats at a time,” he explains. “The EZ milkers work on two teats but can also work with four teats. The cows don’t mind.”
Mr. Fisher says the EZ Solar Solution Ultimate EZ is very easy to clean. “I usually use a stainless steel pail to carry milk from the barn to the ice box,” he explained. “I put the bottles with the milking equipment into the pail and bring it into the house. My wife can wash the milker in the kitchen. If we had a conventional milking machine, we would have to wash it in the barn.”
Mr. Fisher’s enthusiasm for the EZ Solar Solution is spreading. “I’m passing on word in the Amish community about them,” he says.
The solar unit takes about two days to charge fully in the sun, but has the ability to plug into a vehicle’s cigarette lighter in a pinch. It is not recommended the unit be run below 11.8 amps. There is a button to press to check the battery life. The vacuum on the Ultimate EZ is always controlled off the pump. The pressure can be set appropriately for specific species.
Jennifer Gentner of Amaris Farms in Laingsburg, Michigan is in love with her milker:
“This strong little milker packs a lot of power in a small package. Well built, with a nice design – it has cut my milking time in half!”
“What I appreciate most is knowing Buck stands behind his product, and he is at the ready with customer support if needed. That brings peace of mind, which is priceless.”
The birth of a baby — of any species — is always exciting. Here’s a mini Jersey named Paddy Cake delivering a new little “cupcake.”
Paddy Cake has been milked with the Udderly EZ and the Ultimate EZ for four years now. A match made in heaven.
Udderly EZ products are so easy to use, even children can help with the milking,
as these beautiful photos from satisfied customer Jody illustrate
Here’s what happy customer Jody had to say:
“We LOVE the milker. I appreciate the ability to keep each teat separate from the others. This was so important this winter when we had a cow with a plugged milk duct. We were able to determine which teat was clotting and kept that milk separate from the rest. It let us milk completely and keep track of how much was coming from that teat. We treated only that quarter and did not need to waste all the milk for the three days of treatment. This is so much better than my old bucket milker, and it’s much easier for my pregnant daughter-in-law to use.
“In the two years I have been using the system I have only replaced two tube clips and the four-quart milker bottles (because my part-time help put them in my dishwasher while I was on vacation). We love the system, wish we had this when my kids were showing cows at the fairs, life would have been easier. Thanks for a great product and wonderful customer service.”
Novice at milking? The Udderly EZ can help
A happy customer from California wrote: “I got a mini Jersey, my first milk cow ever. Although she normally stands still while milking, it was taking me forever and she was getting agitated – and so was I!
The Udderly EZ milker helps me get the job done quicker, and that makes my cow a lot happier! Buck Wheeler walked me through the process, and I’ve gotta say – this is an amazing product by an amazing man. Thank you!
The best advice come from actual milkers
A long-time user of the Udderly EZ Hand Milker just purchased the Ultimate EZ Milker, and passed along a noteworthy observation.
Bonnie McQuatters from Otis, Colorado noticed that goats with small teat holes do better when the smaller 18-ounce bottles are used. She says these bottles draw the milk much faster because the smaller bottles require less vacuum to start the milk flow. Bonnie is one of the milkers featured in the video on the Udderly Ez Milker goat page.
Another happy customer, Susan, uses the large red inflation, which can be seen in this blog post, because it gives her better suction and more milk flow.