Problem: Tiny teats and engorged bag after freshening makes hand milking 2.5 gallons impossible Solution: Vacuum milker Total cost: $700 Purchased with Blessing, Caramel, and the stanchion in summer 2019 for $2200, we had a pump and parts in the shed. We sold Blessing and Caramel for $1800 in 2019, and we value the stanchion at $300, so the 1.5hp vacuum pump (new motor), claw, bucket, and pulsator cost $100. Under time pressure, Josh bought $100 of tubing and paid $175 for 100' of 10/3 wire and an outside outlet for a dedicated circuit. He built a roll-around cabinet for the vacuum pump in Abel's shop (new family to Garfield in July) with scrap wood. Kyra did the first milking two days after Jewel freshened (colostrum was hand milked sufficient for Kato before this). After $300 in new seals and claw parts, sanitary milk was easily milked by one person. Total cost after rebuild and install was $700. Compare at $4000 at Hampby's without the wire and outlet! Thanks to Abel for help rewiring and pig-tail for cord!