FYI…This is a pail milker that we use from time to time, when it is necessary to keep a particular animal ‘s milk separate from the rest that goes through the pipeline from the milkers to the bulk tanks in the milk house.
We use it when we milk a fresh cow (new Momma) the first 3 or 4 times after she gives birth, so we can feed the colostrum (Momma’s milk) to the new baby.
We can still use the regular milkers, but we just change the hoses, vacuum and milk, to the pail milker so the milk goes directly to the pail and not in the milk line with the other cows’ milk.
Some people don’t understand that we try not to allow the newborn to suck from the mom as it is harder on the cow to leave the baby, and can also make it a bigger job to get the calf to drink from a bottle or nipple pail…if the calf has sucked from the mom it has a tendency to push and sort of buck into the bottle or nipple pail because that’s what it does to the mom.
The newborn will get the milk from it’s mother for 3 or 4 feedings at least, maybe not the natural way, but still receives the goodness of the colostrum. Then, unless there are problems with the calf, we will switch over to a milk replacer and warm water…