Sometimes size matters – but not in the way you may think – and while huge farms need huge infrastructure, this is not the case with all farmers.
Subdivision and development means there are now few dairy farms of any magnitude in our area but numbers of small block farmers are growing and with them the spirit that drives people into new ventures like milking sheep, goats or just a couple of cows to satisfy their diets for fresh milk and enter the boutique cheese-making business; not necessarily as a business but for personal satisfaction.
For many small operations, investing in a large milking system is neither practical nor affordable, yet milking by hand is still the same chore it was back in colonial times.
Warkworth company Milking Solutions specialise in portable milking machines with affordable options for cows, goats and sheep. And not only importing machines but all parts and accessories too, such as milk/cream cans, test buckets, cups, vacuum pumps, tanks, regulators, gauges and refrigeration tanks. Buckets of 25 and 30 litres are specially designed, user-friendly with a handle on the bottom for ease of lifting and pouring. They are available with durable polycarbonate clear lids made from 304 stainless steel and are widely used within both the industry and the household.
Brent from Milking Solutions has a wide experience in the dairy industry, including 15 years at Puhoi Valley Cheese Company. He takes pride in the products he supplies and operates a double portable milking machine for his own calf rearing operation.
No previous experience is necessary as the machines and all components are user friendly and Brent is just a phone call away to help or give advice.