Friday, June 22, 2012

Wild Cow Milking



We wrap up Milk Week with this picture of cowboys milking a wild cow. The picture was taken at a roundup in Montana in 1939. I would think gravity would be working against you if you tried to milk a cow laying down, but perhaps they are just catching her and will stand her back up before milking.

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  1. I don't know about standing her back up.
    They have 3 cowboys on horses with ropes holding her down and 4 of them on top of her doing the milking. They must have wanted/needed milk pretty bad to use 7 cowboys and 3 horses to get a little milk.
    And yes it is very possible to milk a cow on it's side.

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    1. Actually there are 4 cowboys on horses with ropes . I just looked at the photo again and can see the fourth one a ways away right behind the horse on the left side.
      It must be very dangerous business, milking a wild cow.

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  2. We have an event call wild cow milking at some of our rodeos in Wyoming. Two man teams, a mugger and a milker. The mugger ropes and holds the cow while the milker gets the milk and runs on foot back to the judge. Very entertaining!

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  3. You still see something like this today. Always accompanied with shouts of "STOP RESISTING"

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