Ornery goat prompts Alaska school official to invent milker that’s selling well on InternetBy AP
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Alaska man’s goat milker sells well on Internet
PALMER, Alaska — An Alaska man says his ornery goat inspired his creation of a milker that’s doing well in sales on the Internet.
Mike Henry says he found milking tough when he started raising goats on his 5-acre farm north of Anchorage. His hands ached, the milk wouldn’t flow, and his goat kept kicking.
He thought about buying a commercial milker, but the $1,200 cost seemed too high for just a couple of goats. So, he put together his own milker using parts he bought at auto supply stores and Walmart.
The 58-year-old Henry sold his first one about a year ago. Since then, he’s sold about 600, with many going to the world’s dairy goat powerhouses: Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom. They’re priced at $120.
The Henry Milker: www.goatfinder.com/
American Dairy Goat Association: www.adga.org