The Most Important Time of the Day
- We have a saying at The Farmer’s Cow: you can’t take milk from a cow—she gives it to you. But only when she’s relaxed and comfortable.
- Our farms milk cows on a very regular schedule two or four times each day. Seven days a week. Cows like a regular routine, so keeping this schedule is important to their productivity and comfort.
- Cows are milked in an area separate from the cow barn called the milking parlor. The cows willingly line up to file into the milking parlor. A cow knows what’s waiting for her--she’s fed a healthy portion of grain in the milking parlor –an amount customized just for her.
- The herdsman gently wipes down the cow’s udder floor and four teats to be sure it’s clean before attaching the suction cups of the milking machine. This massaging triggers a relaxation response in the milk cow, a comforting signal to let down her milk into the udder.
- It takes about just five minutes for the cow to release all the milk. The milking machine senses that her udder has emptied of all the milk, and automatically shuts off. The herdsman carefully removes the suction cups, and then wipes down her udder again with a mild iodine solution to protect her udder when she goes back into the barns or fields.
- To assure quality and cleanliness of our cow’s good milk, the milk travels directly through sanitized piping into a large cooling tank where it is speed-chilled.
- A truck with a chilled tanker picks up at least once a day, sometimes twice depending on the volume of milk each farm produces. Our first milk of the day is brought to a dairy processing plant for pasteurizing and bottling—for you to enjoy!