Hand Milking Vs Machine Milking

Published On : 31st March 2022

Published By : Engsol Admin


In Uganda, a greater Percentage of Dairy farmers use the traditional methods of milking. Over the years, it has been the only option and we have seen some households being transformed through milk production. But with the entrance of new opportunities around value addition and food processing, it makes hand milking phase out gradually because it may not be sustainable in a long run.

For Farmers to be able to arguably break even, they need to think of alternative options of mass production of milk and hence the need to embrace mechanization.

In the western Part of Uganda, we have many examples of farmers who have transitioned from the traditional way of milking to the use of Milkers or parlors.

To give you context, if you only have one animal to milk, then hand milking is arguably the best option. However, this does not apply if you have a fussy animal or if the cow, sheep, or goat produces a considerable amount of milk.

And the downside to hand milking are considerable, especially if you are older or have difficulty in using your hands for tasks such as milking.

Strain: The strain from even milking a single cow may be painful and certainly tiring for those who suffer from arthritis or just getting up in years.

Unclean Milk: Even if you use a strainer, there will be all types of dirt, debris, and even specks of manure in the milk which may make it less comfortable for you to consume.

Time Consuming: It takes time when it comes to milking sheep, cows, or goats. The time that can be used elsewhere on your homestead or farm.

While milking machines are generally thought of for larger dairy farms, there is a new series of smaller, portable machines offered that are perfect for homesteads and small farms with one or two cows, goats, or sheep.

For those who have a cow or two, perhaps a couple of goats or sheep, the idea of purchasing a milking machine may seem at first like a large investment for a seemingly small amount of work. However, there are considerable advantages when it comes to using a machine and these include the following;

Clean Milk: Thanks to the vacuum pump which fits firmly around the teat, there is no dirt, debris, or manure that finds its way into the milk. All you need to do is quickly clean the teat before starting and you will have clean milk as a result.

Fast Milking: With the machine being portable it makes it easier and faster to use than hand milking. Once the machine is attached, the surge milker ensures that you get more milk in less time while the animal remains comfortable.

Easy Use: This is particularly good for those who have trouble using their hands as the machine is far less labor-intensive.


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