Milking here on the farm has been going on now for 4 years, on and off. The only time we weren't milking were the times she had to be dried up when she was due to calve and for her second pregnancy.. It really is a farm chore.
When milking you start with the grain the cow will be eating while you milk and a clean stainless steal bucket for the milk. You can use other kinds of buckets but the stainless/seamless steal buckets are much nicer when cleaning times comes and they hold less germs than a plastic one can.
First I tie her up and give her the grains to keep her occupied while I clean her before the milking begins.
You then start the milking. Wait! Why is the ground all wet? Well, AnnaBelle decided that she had to release her bodily fluids just as I started milking her. You can bet after all of these years I *know* when she is going to do it and have learned to move really fast before I get sprayed down along with everything else. Let me tell you something too, WHEN A COW URINATES, its not a trinkle but a full fledged flood.
Thankfully, that doesn't happen too often!
I now have to stop everything and get several 5 gallon buckets to wash the floor free of the flood she has made. And wash her teats and udder down again too.
I don't keep the milk either. I won't take a chance on what may have gotten into the steal bucket so I get the grain bucket and finish the milking. That milk will go to the pig (it's clean milk but the it's not the bucket I prefer.)
Notice the milk coming out by itself? She was ready to drop that milk with or without my help.
Finishing the milking myself.
This is the little bit I got before the *accident*.
After the milking I spray *fight bac.* on her teats to prevent germs from enter her. Let her go, and commence to feeding the pig.
Another farm chore done for the day. Until the next morning. 365 days a year morning and night. Ready for a cow?