The Journey of Milk from Cow to You
The journey of milk is such a fascinating one. Our nearly 300 cows are milked 3 times a day and produce over 100 pounds of milk per cow. When we milk, we place suctioned milkers that pulsate gently on each udder. The milk goes directly from the cow to the milk tank, and is never touched by human hands. To preserve freshness and safety, the milk tank keeps the milk refrigerated at 37 degrees. Every morning at 7:30 a milk truck picks up our fresh milk to be processed and pasteurized.
Milk safety is extremely important so before the milk leaves our farm, we test it. The milk hauler also takes samples of our milk and puts it into several vials.
A milk truck will often pick up milk from other farms before returning to the processing plant, and the hauler will take a sample of milk from each farm. Once the milk truck arrives at the processing plant one vial of milk from each farm is tested before the milk is unloaded. If the milk does not meet freshness and safety standards, it is not unloaded. Dairy farmers are very careful to make sure their milk meets the strict government standards in place, however if the milk is not deemed safe, it is not processed and will not enter the food supply.
The second vial goes to our milk cooperative for additional testing. Our premiums and awards are determined from this information. It is always our priority to provide safe, wholesome milk. If our milk did not meet the safety standards in place, we would lose the value of the milk for the day, premiums for the month, and we would be responsible for paying for all of the milk on the truck that day.