The new version of the Henry Milker is awesome! If you have a small herd of goats you should consider this tool. We've liked it from the start because the whole connection from teat to milk receptacle is closed, so cleaner milk. It uses large canning jars, easy to deal with, easy to clean and perfect for refrigerating milk for our use. It's extremely lightweight and portable - a fact I have so appreciated when Mabel has rejected kids and I'm crawling around in the birthing pen trying to get that all important colostrum! It's fast and no aching hands!
Well, the new version is a big step up. You can milk both teats at the same time! Yes, Mr. Henry has figured an awesome little system so that you can cap both teats and milk into the same jar. I admire people who are so inventive! There's a wee bit of a learning curve to juggle both teat caps, and Mabel was a bit surprised last night but milking her was over in a couple of minutes! I'll so appreciate that tomorrow morning when I feel the pressure of having to get to work on time!
There's some other great new features, too. The new lids are one piece plastic, the previous version used the usual canning jars lids. I think these one piece lids will be more sanitary - less places for debris to be trapped and bacteria to grow! The teat cups have an insert, easy to put in or pull out, so you can adjust to the size of the goats' teat. Both sizes of tubing (one for joining to the teat cups and one for connecting the two cups to one pump) both come with their own little cleaning brushes! Everything you need, except the goat! The whole instruction manual has been expanded and improved upon, too!
So, if you've got goats I really think you should check out this wee machine here. If you've got goats I think you should just go to the website anyway: lots of great stuff and info for goat people! From cheese making supplies, to accessories like scratch posts and coats for cold climates to plans for milking stands and hay feeders to help with marketing! The Henry Milker site is becoming a great resource for goat lovers!