Product review: Dansha Farms Goat Milking Machine

I promised this review more than a year ago which means that I have used this machine for around 18 months.

In saying that as I have replaced the jar, the lid, the pipes, the reducing couplers and the motor, so it has to be questioned if I am still using the original. Triggers brush from ‘Only Fools ad Horses’ springs to mind.

Before I go into too much detail I will share you the review that I submitted on the Dansha Farms website:

I would first like to make it clear that the product, Brute milker, is a great idea and has made the daily milking of three goats a lot easier. I would happily recommend it to anyone living in the USA.

Unfortunately as we live in Europe we have had a number of issues with the customer service when we first purchased the goods and now with the warranty after six months of use. I won’t go into details, but if you intend buying a milker and live outside of the USA then I recommend you use Ebay for the purchase as you will be provided with buyer protection and if you have problems in the future your voice is more likely to be heard.

I submitted the review after 6 months of use following the failure of the motor. I was unsuccessful in resolving this problem with the manufacturer who suggested that I send the unit back (to America) and he would fix the problem for me for a fee. So much for the warranty! I also had problems with customs clearance when I first purchased the item which I could have avoided if I had purchased via Ebay. Dansha Farms did not publish my review nor did they contact me further.

Undeterred I stripped down the unit and discovered that the motor was commonly available as an aquarium pump motor on Ebay or Amazon for less than £10 with free shipping from China, so problem solved.

The machine itself may first appear to be quite complicated, but once you have set it up, mounting the motor to your milking stand, it becomes far easier to operate. It does require a power source, although some units can be purchased with a portable battery pack. Our unit plugs into a standard 240v supply.

After initial connection of the cups to teats, which is a skill learned after a few attempts, it’s very straight forward and I soon learned that I could get on with other jobs as the milk flowed into the gallon (4.5 litre) jar. It’s probably best to stay nearby so that you can keep an eye on things, but I spend the time getting food ready for the next goat and collecting hay ready to refill the stable.

It should also be noted that the process itself is no quicker than milking by hand, if anything it is slower when you take into account the cleaning of the equipment once finished. However if you have more than three goats to milk it can save the finger cramps that I often experience, or if you suffer from any kind of rheumatism in the hands this machine would be a godsend.

As I mentioned cleaning takes an extra 5 minutes at the end of milking and I spend 15 minutes every weekend giving the pipes and fittings a thorough clean. For this reason I have reverted to hand milking as I only have two goats to milk at the moment.

So in summery, buy one if your hands ache at all when milking but shop around the internet as Dansha are by no means the only people who sell them. And if you are feeling adventurous then build your own, which I have all but done now since I have replaced almost all the parts. Drop me a message and I will point you toward various parts required and how to assemble should you need a bit of guidance.

Author: Eddy Winko

Left the rat race to live a less hectic and harmful life. From the building of a straw bale house to the composting toilet diaries; read my blog

23 thoughts on “Product review: Dansha Farms Goat Milking Machine”

  1. Yes, I thought “Trigger’s Brush” as you were listing the replacement parts. 🙂

    I don’t have goats but I do have arthritis, so I see your point on automation. I’m going to start serious bread-making again, but first I’m going to buy a mixer.

    1. If you want a bread maker then we have one that we are giving away, I’m guessing it would cost about £20 to post it, let me know if you are interested.
      All of our bread making now is the no knead type sourdough type affair, stir it in a pan, leave over night, bung it in the oven Lovely 🙂

      1. Thanks – we have a bread maker, which Julia bought a few years ago, but I’ve never quite taken to it. Now you’ve put the idea in my head I may give it another try. 🙂

  2. I too only have two to milk at the moment and I find I can do them in the duration it takes to listen to one podcast of the archers. So I’ll stay on hand milking meantime. Though if next year we expand our numbers Imight get back to you for advice on a self-build project

  3. I also had to laugh…twice..first at the mention of made in the USA! As an American, I can assure you that most everything here is made elsewhere…particularly China at the moment but with our current maniacal president, that could change at any time. Everyday we wake up to more crazy, insane s— coming from the White House. Well, don’t get me started on all that or I’ll have to start banging my head against the wall again!!
    The second laugh was reading your related post “Room for two more? It’s just a couple of kids” When you said your breeding days were over! :))))
    Think Spring!

    1. Haha, I only thought to myself today, as I checked the progress of our two pregnant goats that I would make a good billy (if I were a goat) as I only produce females 🙂 And yes my breeding days are over, scalpel!

  4. Well it’s a shame to hear about the US customer service. Perhaps I will just get a British-made milking machine instead! 🙂 🙂 (At least it got a post out of you. 🙂 )
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. 🙂 I had to laugh at the label that declared ‘made in the USA’ when in fact the components that I have replaced where all made in China 🙂

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