Consider the gift of easy milking for the special someone in your life.
We here at Udderly EZ wish everyone a joyous and blessed Christmas!
Consider the gift of easy milking for the special someone in your life.
We here at Udderly EZ wish everyone a joyous and blessed Christmas!
A wide variety of enthusiastic businesses, from large to small, are pleased to carry Udderly EZ products.
Among them is Valley Vet Supply, a premier online retailer for over 30 years. This company helps livestock producers be more profitable, enables equine enthusiasts to pursue their passion, and aids pet owners in maximizing the enjoyment of their pets. Headquartered in Marysville, Kansas, Valley Vet Supply is owned and operated by the same veterinarians that founded the company in 1985.
Valley Vet’s mission is to be “the authoritative source of quality products and product information, anticipating the needs of our customers, and providing solutions with friendly, expedient customer service. From product selection to ensuring that each box is packed with care, our veterinarians and staff are there to personally ensure customer satisfaction.”
Customers might be interested to know Valley Vet Supply is licensed in all 50 states as a retail pharmacy. They are Vet-VIPPS accredited (now “safe.pharmacy”) by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. “The scope of our business includes prescription products, farm and ranch equipment and supplies, tack and supplies, apparel, show supplies, and much more,” noted spokeswoman Melanie Buhrman. “We employ approximately 150 people to ensure that all orders are processed efficiently and accurately.”
Valley Vet has carried the Udderly EZ line of products since 2006. Why? “Udderly EZ Milkers are a unique milking system,” said Buhrman. “They provide a fast, efficient, and effective method for milking one or more animals. We are always looking for products that make daily chores easier and more efficient. Udderly EZ Milkers do just that.”
Why do Valley Vet’s customers like the Udderly EZ? “Because of the ease of use the milkers provide,” said Buhrman. “Once the milker is in place, it takes just a couple of squeezes of the trigger to encourage a steady stream of milk directly into the attached bottle. Udderly EZ milkers prevent the common problems associated with milking by hand: impatient animals, kicked-over milk buckers, and sore hands in a time-consuming process.”
Udderly EZ is proud to be carried by Valley Vet Supply.
One of the advantages of an Udderly EZ kit is its potential as an emergency backup.
Patricia has a much-loved elderly Jersey cow named Matilda which faithfully calves each year. However right before calving, Matilda’s udder swells to massive and pendulous proportions. Patricia never gave it much thought – the calf was always able to nurse – until one year when the cow’s udder hung too low.
“Suddenly the baby – named Amy – couldn’t even find the faucet, much less nurse off it,” said Patricia. “The udder hung down so low, it was just a couple inches from the ground. The baby didn’t even see the teats.”
Hours went by without pretty little Amy getting the critical drink of colostrum she needed.
“It was time to intervene,” said Patricia. Armed with an Udderly EZ, she waited until Matilda was lying down chewing her cud. Fitting the silicone inflation over one teat, Patricia squeezed the trigger once or twice and watched the life-nurturing colostrum flow (sideways!) into the collection bottle.
The cow was calm enough that Patricia was able to collect a pint and a half of colostrum from this lying-down position. Then she fitted the nipple over the smallest collection bottle and tried to get Amy to drink.
“She wouldn’t take the bottle,” worried Patricia. “I was afraid the calf was getting weak. Every half hour or so, I’d take the bottle of colostrum and try to get Amy to drink … nothing doing. She refused all attempts to get the teat into her mouth.”
Until suddenly, it happened.
Patricia said it was a magical moment when the calf finally understood what she was trying to do. “You could almost see the wonder in her eyes as Amy started mouthing the nipple, then sucking, then greedily drinking the colostrum so fast that the little eight-ounce bottle drained in a couple of minutes,” she recalled.
Patricia didn’t realize her husband was watching through a slat in the barn. He immediately went into the house, poured the bowl of colostrum into a pitcher, and came out to refill the bottle … and refill, and refill, and refill …
“The baby drank all the colostrum I had milked out of the cow so far, maybe a pint and a half,” said Patricia. “After that, I milked Matilda as dry as possible twice a day, and froze any excess colostrum just in case we needed it for the future.”
Patricia and her daughter took turns feeding Amy for the next couple of weeks. After one or two rough starts, the calf learned who provided the milk and greedily drank from the bottle.
“That Udderly EZ kit was a life-saver,” insisted Patricia. “We might well have lost the calf without it.”
Patricia used the Udderly EZ until Matilda’s udder resumed more normal proportions and Amy was able to nurse directly.
“Matilda has had two calves since then,” said Patricia, “and I’ve had to intervene each time. I milk out the colostrum and bottle-feed the calf for a couple of weeks. I love this cow to pieces and she adores having calves, so it’s a small price to pay for the beautiful babies she produces.”
Even though she generally milks her cows by hand, Patricia is committed to always having the Udderly EZ around. “It’s the nature of emergencies to be unexpected,” she notes. “The first time this cow’s udder was too low for the calf to nurse, I didn’t expect it. If I hadn’t had the Udderly EZ on hand, the outcome would have been much different.”
When you get your Udderly EZ in the mail, the first thing you need to do is assemble it. Nothing could be easier (make that “EZ-er”).
The kit comes pre-packaged with everything you need.
There are both written and video instructions in each box.
The box also includes wipes for cleaning the udder – always necessary before milking.
This particular kit was packed with three sizes of silicone inflations (the colored pieces) which fit inside a collection tube (which snaps onto the connector clip). The inflations are the portion which fits over the animal’s teat, and is available in different sizes to suit large and small animals.
It also comes with three different sized collection bottles and a rubber nipple, for all your milking (and feeding) needs. Each bottle has a rubber O-ring around the neck; this ring is necessary for proper usage.
Of course the two most critical components are the pump (left) and the connector clip (right).
Assembling the unit is easy.
The connector clip snaps easily into the pump unit.
The collection bottle should be fitted to the collection tube before the collection tube goes on the connector clip.
After this, the collection tube is snapped onto the connector clip.
That’s it! The Udderly EZ is now ready to use on your lactating animal.
Have you ever wondered about the man behind the scenes? Just who is this Buck Wheeler, anyway?
Buck is an innovator, a horseman, businessman, and inventor. He is a man who can recognize a problem, formulate a plan, then execute and patent that idea into reality.
Buck is president and CEO of Wheeler Enterprises, Inc., EZ Animal Products, and Oak Tree Farms. Along with his wife Karen, he has invented and patented the Stableizer® , Udderly EZ Milker™, the Ultimate EZ Milker, the EZ Solar Solution, and the Buck-A-Long. The Stableizer Equine Restraint and Training System® has been used on two Kentucky Derby winners; and his other inventions, the Udderly EZ Milker™ and Ultimate Ez Milker, are already being used in leading veterinary teaching hospitals, breeding farms, hobby farms, leading trainers, and private facilities around the world.
His story and products have been highlighted in many equine magazines, including: Equus, Draft Horse Journal, Western Mule Magazine, Thoroughbred Times, Blood Horse, Quarter Horse Journal, sheep, goat and cow magazines, Hobby Farms, and many more.
Buck has conducted clinics at all the major equine events around the country, in Canada and Europe. He has instructed all nine units of the U.S. Army and Cavalry that have horses and mules, BLM mustangs, Caisson Platoon at Arlington National Cemetery, mounted police units, trainer to Her Majesty the Queen, and Sheik Mohammed while in England, the Ireland ISPCA, and a leading veterinary surgical hospital in Brussels, Belgium.
He just finished conducting two daily clinics in July for the Amish Horse Progress Days in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with over 20,000 in attendance, and he has been asked to return for the next two years because of the level of horsemanship he teaches their young people and elders alike.
Buck continuously improves his products. EZ Animal Products are now manufacturing all their own silicone inflations for the milkers, and now have in-house control of manufacturing the Udderly EZ Milkers.
“We continually listen to our clients as to any improvements that will make our inventions more user-friendly and operationally efficient,” he says. “Over the years we have completely rebuilt our hand pump and now give our overseas clients a chance to use the Ultimate EZ Electric Milkers by building them in 230V to accommodate their electrical grid.”
After working with horses for more than 65 years, Buck was determined to find a better way to start and manage unruly horses. What he sought was a safer, more effective and easier-to-use method that could be used by a single handler, which would still allow the trainer to work the horse and make it focus at the same time.
Buck was raised on a large cattle and farming ranch in Solen, North Dakota on the Sioux Indian Reservation. He is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and, with the exception of six years as a U.S. Army Paratrooper, horses have been his calling and way of life. He is proud to apply “Made in USA” to all of his products.
As taught in his clinics, “When a horse has been desensitized properly with different stimuli, such as clipping, sacking out, first time bath, noise factors, saddling, loading, harnessing, hot walker, driving, etc., they seem to remember it as a pleasurable experience instead of a bad cellular memory because of the euphoria induced from the endorphin release at time of application.”
He adds, “Everything you do with a horse is mind control. A horse’s nature is flight, and if he can’t flee he gets upset. The Stableizer® teaches it to focus on the task at hand and learn to relax.”
So there you have it, folks. The products sold are born of experience and the recognition of a need … and Buck is just the man to fill that need.
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.”