Sunday, June 17, 2012
If this is going to be Milk Week, I guess we better get started with some pictures and info on milking a cow. This picture was taken in 1900, and shows a wonderful mountain scene with several pioneer women milking a cow. I love the trees and old log cabin in the scene.
Now to be honest with you, I have never milked a cow, but I have seen it done and so can share some insight with you. The first key to milking a cow is to appease the cow. So, if you give the cow something good to eat in a bucket when you want to milk her, you will be starting off on the right foot. Then, the cow for some reason will want to either step in the bucket (right after you have successfully milked her) or will kick the bucket over. Because of this you will want to tether the back legs together to keep this from happening. Then, you will want to wash the udder, and finally get down to milking the cow. You don't want to mess around, you want to get the job done because the cow will start losing patience. If you have more experience or would like to add your insights, please post your comment.
Here in Africa, it is amazing to me how many things are like stepping back in time a hundred or a hundred and fifty years. Yes, the cows are still milked by hand. Georgina works at Mattaw, but it is not her job to milk the cow, but she enjoys doing it, so sometimes she goes out and helps. The video below shows her milking the cow, and demonstrates expert form and results.