How To Milk a Cow

Milking a cow is not as easy as you may think.Make sure the cow’s head is secured before you start milking.To effectively milk a cow, you need to clean the udder, sit on a stool and lubricate the teats.Pull downward from the teat and squeeze the milk out.

Step 1: The cow must be tied to a fixture.

Make sure the cow is wearing a halter and tie the lead end to a sturdy post or beam.The cow needs to be tied in a quiet environment.Milking the cow will be more difficult if it is anxious or afraid.A stanchion is a wooden box-like structure used for securing a cow’s head so that it can be milked, vaccine, or branded.A bar or lever on the side of a stanchion will hold a cow immobile and gently pull wooden or metal slats around it.More rudimentary stanchions may need to be fastened with a piece of wire.

Step 2: The cow should be approached slowly.

When moving near the udder, speak in a low voice and pat her side so that she knows where you are.Cows can see all around them without moving their heads, because they have a 300- degree range of vision.It’s important to talk to the cow as you approach her from the side to let her know where you are and that you’re getting closer because her depth perception is poor.Don’t make movements suddenly.She may kick or step on you if you surprise her.Tying the cow’s tail to her leg will prevent her from hitting you with it.It takes a few minutes for tail hair to come loose.You can tie the tail around the cow’s neck, which is less frightening.

Step 3: The teats should be washed with soapy water.

The cow’s teats will become covered in grass, hay, and dirt during the day.It’s a good idea to wash the teats before you start milk production.Don’t drag dirt to your clean area when you wash.Be aware of the direction and borders of your washed area.It may be possible to bring down the milk by washing it with warm water.

Step 4: The teats need to be dry before they are milked.

If the cow’s teats are still wet, don’t milk her because soap and water can get into the milk bucket and ruin the product.Dry the teats with a soft cotton cloth.Don’t scratch or irritate the teats when you dry them.The cow is sensitive and will try to kick you if you cause any pain.

Step 5: Protect or lubricate your hands.

If your hands are licked by the cow, it may be harmful.If you want to keep the cow healthy and avoid scratching her udder, put on a pair of latex gloves before you start.If you don’t want to use gloves, apply a lubricant to your hands.People like to use udder cream to lubricate the cow’sudder.The udder cream will reduce the amount of fluid in the milk.You can buy udder cream at any store.

Step 6: The teat can be Stripped 3 or 4 times.

Stripping is the process of pulling down a cow’s teat in order to pass any dirt,bacteria or other debris from the milk ducts.Milk is generally not clean and should not be consumed, so don’t catch it if you can.

Step 7: The bucket should be underneath the udder.

The milk you squeeze from the udder will be caught by this.You can hold the bucket between your legs.It takes practice, but it can be done easily.The chances of the cow kicking over the pail of milk are reduced by this position.Some cows stand still if you give them grain or hay to eat.If your cow is demanding, keep an eye on her food.She will let you know that she wants more by becoming restless and difficult to work with.

Step 8: There is a cow on the right side.

Seat yourself in a position that will allow you to quickly leave the cow.If you want to milk the cow, position the stool very close to it.There is as little distance as possible between the bucket and udder if you are very close to the cow.If the cow kicks out you will be knocked over, instead of giving her a distance to connect with you.The cow could easily step on or kick you, so sitting cross-legged on the ground is not safe.

Step 9: Wrap a hand around the teats.

For example, choose diagonal teats.Try the front teats first.The teat will fill your palm as you squeeze it down.If you want to help the udder to let down milk as a calf would, you may need to “bump the bag” or gently massage it.This can increase the yield of the cow’s milk.

Step 10: To push the milk out, squeeze down.

As you press down on the teat, hold onto the base of it so that the milk doesn’t flow back up into the udder.Don’t jerk or yank the teats.To force the milk out, you have to squeeze your fingers from the middle to the pinky.Be firm yet gentle.

Step 11: It looks deflated when you milk until the quarter is over.

If you look at the quarter just milked, you can see if it has been emptied enough.A quarter of the udder will look saggy and wrinkled and feel softer than a full one.The udder can be felt to know when all the milk has come down.When you have milked 1 quarter, repeat the motion with your other hand.People prefer to use their right, left, and right hands.The downward squeezing motion takes less effort to do in alternate steps than it does all at the same time.

Step 12: Milk the other 2 teats first.

Pick up your stool and move to the cow’s left side to access the teats on the right side.You don’t need to switch sides if you used the diagonal method.When moving near a cow watch your feet.A cow can weigh over 1000 lbs.She could break your foot if she steps on it.

Step 13: The milk machine needs to be turned on.

The machine needs to be running for a short time in order to build pressure on the cow.Use this time to wash and dry your cow’s udder.

Step 14: Let down the milk with a few teats.

In addition to encouraging milk to flow from the cow’s teats, this process will squirt out any dirt orbacteria that has been built up.Milk produced from stripping should not be put into a bucket or into the rest of the milk.Allow it to fall onto the ground.

Step 15: Place the devices on the teat.

As soon as you let the pressure build up on the machine, it begins to work.Put the cups over the teats as quickly as possible.adjust the devices so that they hang straight down from the udder as the milk begins to flow.Some cows kick over the bucket if they lift their back leg.If she kicks the bucket, position the handle so you can grab it.You should not walk away from the cows when they are being milked, for this reason as well.

Step 16: Leave the device on for a while.

The milk will become flaccid if the machine doesn’t pull it out of the udder.Most cows will be fully milked out in less than 5 minutes.Some cows will take more than 7 minutes to be fully milked due to udder differences or teat structural problems.Milk is still flowing if you keep an eye on the device.The device should be removed as soon as milk stops flowing.

Step 17: The device must be turned off.

The teats need to be removed from the suction devices.If you try to remove the device while the machine is still on, you risk causing pain to the cow and damaging the tissue around her teats.Modern milk machines don’t require a person to manually remove the cups from the cow.Once a quarter has been milked dry, they fall off one by one.As you move around the area, be careful not to trip over the machine’s wires or tubes.

Step 18: The cow needs to be cleaned.

The teats of cows should be cleaned and protected after they have been milked.Applying a post-milking Disinfectant is the most efficient way to protect a cow’s teats.This dark, thick liquid coats the cow’s teats and preventsbacteria from entering.Give the cow fresh grass or hay to eat after it has been milked.