Milking With Maria Part 1

Who wants to learn how to milk cows??

I apologize for these videos being a little short.  My phone has been acting up and doesn’t like longer videos, it likes to lock up so I have to make them as short as I can.

We milk cows in a double 10 Herringbone parlor.  A Herringbone parlor looks something like this from an overhead view:

The cows are milked from the side, in front of her back leg.  As opposed to a parallel parlor where the cows are milked between the back legs of the cow:

First off the cows enter the parlor, one at a time until each side is full:

We break each side of the parlor into two halves.  Starting with the first cow on one side we prep her for milking with a pre (milking) dip.  We do this step to each of the first 5 cows on one side, before going back to the first cow to attach the milker.  So the procedure goes something like this: Prep cows 1-5, attach milk machine 1-5.  Prep cows 6-10, attach milk machine 6-10 and then repeat on the other side of the parlor

We do this as it helps with milk let down.  Handling the teats of the cows and striping some milk out of each teat stimulates milk let down roughly 1 minute later.  Our goal is to attach the milker just as she is starting to let her milk down.  This should give us the least amount of “claw time” (time the milker is attached to the cow) possible.  The less claw time, the easier it is on the cows teats.

Another goal is to have each milker do as close to the exact same procedure every time a cow is milked.  Cows love routines!  So each of out Milkers are trained on exactly how we want the cows to be milked.

First step in the Pre-dip procedure is to wipe the excess sand of the teats.

Next dip each teat completely with the pre-dip solution.  This helps to kill any bacteria and get any dirt and grime off of the teats.

Next, each teat has a couple (we aim for 3) streams of milk squirted out.  This serves a couple of purposes, it helps stimulate milk let down as I mentioned above and it allows the Milker to notice very quickly if there is any abnormalities in the milk, which helps us identify any Mastitis cases quickly.

Move on to the next cow!  As I mentioned above, we do the above process for the first 5 cows, before returning to the first cow to wipe the pre-dip off and attach the milker.

Stay tuned for more of the milking process


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