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Pop Cannister Cow Udder Washer
"It works great and.cost less than $25," says David Heinze, Belgrade, Minn., who uses an old 5-gal. pressurized pop cannister hooked to an air line to wash the udders on his 40 milk cows.
Heinze mounts the cannister on a 3-ft. long, 12-in. wide cart that he built from 1-in. sq. steel tubing and four lawn mower wheels. The cannister is equipped with two hoses. One plugs into a 75-ft. long overhead air line that runs to an air compressor in the milk room. The other hose is equipped with a spray gun. Heinze fills the cannister half full with a mixture of water and disinfectant. He hangs six milking clusters from hooks on the cart, three on each side. As he works his way down the alley he washes each udder before milking.
"After I clean off the udders I dry them off with towels I carry in a tupperware container that's strapped to the cart. I cut a hole in the bottom of the container so that I can pull towels out one at a time. The compressor is regulated to keep air pressure at about 20 lbs."
The only modification Heinze made to the cannister was to put a 1/4-in. dia. stainless steel tube inside the tank. It runs from the incoming air hose to the bottom of the cannister so that incoming air mixes water and disinfectant.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, David Heinze, 41008 275th St., Belgrade, Minn. 56312 (ph 612 254-8438).

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #3