Friday, October 18, 2013

Milking Cow



We wrap up chores week with this picture of a little kid milking a cow. The picture was taken in 1915, and the boy was 8 years old. I can honestly say that I have never milked a cow, but I have seen it done. Please share your cow milking experiences.

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  1. Never milked a cow but I have milked goats. It's not hard all once you get the technique down. During my teenage years my family had a farm. We raised chickens for meat and eggs and had a few goats. The milk was good but would put a few ice cubes in the glass to thin it down a bit.

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    1. My Grandmother used to breed those big goats. She had a buck that was really mean. I remember it getting loose on a few occasions and chasing us kids around the yard trying to nip at you. It hurt when you got bit in the butt cheek. That thing used to terrorize me!

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    2. You should only milk the nanny goats.

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  2. Daddy always milked our cow. He let us try a few times, but I never got the hang of it.
    Once while he was milking, my brother was squating down behind the cow. Daddy told him not to touch her, but my brother had to see what would happen. He picked up a straw and gently touched her on the leg. She kicked back, knocking him over, then stepped in the bucket of milk.

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    1. And I don't think we want to know what happened next!

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  3. I, too, have never milked a cow, but I do milk goats. There is nothing like fresh milk and if you have never had ice cream from fresh goat milk/cream I would highly recommend it. Even the priciest ice cream in the store cannot compare. Jan

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  4. My father decided my brother and I should milk the cow, so we did, taking turns, until our mother put a stop to it because we had quit drinking milk.

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  5. One thing to remember is to make sure your hands are warm.

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  6. When my Dad was a boy he used to help his Norwegian grandfather milk cows. Usually, if you had a cantankerous cow she would be sold, but back then, during the Great Depression, they kept theirs because she gave so much milk. They had to be extra careful with her otherwise she would wait until the bucket was full and then deliberately step in it, ruining it for human consumption. They sold the cream to buy necessities and kept the milk for their own use. Great-grandfather also liked to squirt milk at the barn cats that would line up waiting to lap up their fill.

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