Milking Our Cows
On our dairy farm, our cows get milked twice a day — once at 4 a.m. and once at 4 p.m. It takes two people working at each milking to get the job done. Each milking lasts about 4 and-a-half hours.[jwplayer config=”movieplayer” file=”http://michigandairynewsbureau.org/dayonthefarm/media/Cows_in_milking_parlor.flv” image=”http://michigandairynewsbureau.org/dayonthefarm/media/Cows_in_milking_parlor.jpg”]
First, the cows walk into the milking parlor. They look forward to milking time.[jwplayer config=”movieplayer” file=”http://michigandairynewsbureau.org/dayonthefarm/media/Cows_putting_heads_in_stations.flv” image=”http://michigandairynewsbureau.org/dayonthefarm/media/Cows_putting_heads_in_stations.jpg”] The cows line up in two rows, with 10 cows on each side. [jwplayer config=”movieplayer” file=”http://michigandairynewsbureau.org/dayonthefarm/media/Girl_milking.flv” image=”http://michigandairynewsbureau.org/dayonthefarm/media/Girl_milking.jpg”] The cows’ teats are cleaned. Then we attach the milking machines to each cow. These use a soft sucking action to get the milk out of the cows. [jwplayer config=”movieplayer” file=”http://michigandairynewsbureau.org/dayonthefarm/media/Milk_traveling_to_bulk_tank.flv” image=”http://michigandairynewsbureau.org/dayonthefarm/media/Milk_traveling_to_bulk_tank.jpg”] The milk travels from the milking machine through pipes to our bulk tank, which is a large, refrigerated stainless steel tank that stores the milk until the milk truck picks it up. The milk is never touched by human hands, which is another way we keep the milk safe for you to drink.