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.