Dairy Farm Equipment: Milking It for all It's Worth
Minnesota family builds comprehensive collection of dairy farm equipment.
Top, opposite page: Warren, Dennis and Arlan Nickerson with a trio of milk-related items. From left: Warren is holding an official Babcock Tester, a centrifuge used to determine the butterfat content of cream. Dennis is shown with a single milking pail, and Arlan is holding an early glass “Clean-Easy” milking pail.Above: Dennis Nickerson’s International Harvester McCormick-Deering milking machine with vacuum pump attachment. There are a few milking machines Dennis would still like to find, especially the Mehring Power Milker. “That one you sit on and pump like a bicycle, but I think your chances of finding one of those aren’t very good,” he says, “because they were made of wood, and didn’t weather too good.”
Below: At left is a milking pail that would handle one cow. At right is a glass milking pail called the “Clean-Easy.”
Below: To make a cow more comfortable during the fly season, farmers could apply Cow Ease, “a preparation to prevent fly pest.”
Right: This 1929 McCormick-Deering milking machine used a 1-1/2 hp Model M engine to run the vacuum. It was one of McCormick-Deering’s first milking machines. The Model M had many other farm uses as well.
Above: Milking machines needed special products, like this De Laval oil for a milking machine vacuum pump.Above: This Rite-Way Swing milking machine came to Dennis from Kansas.
Below: Dennis Nickerson discusses his milking machines with an interested spectator at a farm show in Minnesota.
Above: A close-up of the tag on the IHC McCormick-Deering milking machine shows that it uses a Type LB 1-1/2/2-1/2 hp engine for its work. This model could be pulled along the barn floor from cow to cow.