We milk our girls twice a day in our swing-22 New Zealand-style parlor. We have 22 milking units, which swing to each side.
On average a cow takes 4 minutes to milk, (in total about 8 minutes per day).
Cows enjoy being milked as it relieves the pressure of a full udder. They also get to eat custom-designed feed during milking. Talk about a win, win.
Here is a brief timeline on a typical day:
4:00 AM– Wash Cycle- This is the process of cleaning all of our milking equipment on the inside. This is done before and after each milking.
4:15 AM– Set up the milk parlor. (Have everything ready for when the cows enter the parlor). One person is doing this job, while the other is bring in the cows.
4:15 AM– Wake up the girls and bring them into the holding area (where they wait for their turn to be milked).
4:45 AM– Start milking the cows.
5:30 AM– Time to get the second group of milk cows. Bring them to the holding area. (We switch the fencing around so that the girls are ready to go out on fresh pasture).
6:00 AM– Start milking second group of cows.
7:00 AM– Finish milking second group of cows.
We have a milking parlor that holds 44 cows and can milk 22 cows at once. The milking units switch from side to side as each cow finishes milking.
So that entire process takes about eight minutes. About four minutes of that entire process they are actually attached to the milking unit being milked.
Our goal is to keep our girls happy and healthy, because happy cows give great milk!
Do you have any questions about the milking process?
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