How to Milk a Cow

Do you know how to milk a cow? Milking a cow takes about a half-hour. Cows need to be milked at the same time every day and should be milked twice a day. Before you start milking, you have to clean everything. If you do not clean, you run the risk of contaminating the milk. Contaminated milk will make people sick.

You should have access to a sink in the barn area. If the cow is allowed to graze or has been lying down in the stall, you should rinse off the side of the cow, so that debris does not fall from the side of the cow into the milk bucket. Wash your hands, and then wash the teat of the cow and rinse it off. Dry your hands and the teat (use two different towels). Buckets should be cleaned and dry before you start milking.

When you start milking, always check to see if the cow has mastitis. Cows get mastitis if the teats were not cleaned properly. If the milk is flaky, is watery or has small clots in it, the milk is not safe to drink-you need to contact the vet for antibiotics for the cow. If the cow's teats are chapped or cracked, you should not drink the milk, as bacteria breed in chapped or cracked teats. Washing and drying the teats properly before milking helps to keep the teats in healthy condition. If the cow does have chapped or cracked teats, you can apply Bag Balm to help heal the cracks.

Put a milking stool on the right side of the cow. Sit on the stool as close to the cow as possible. Some people put the bucket between their legs, some put the bucket on the ground. If you put the bucket between your legs, there is less chance that the cow will kick it and knock it over, but keep in mind that milk is heavy.

Put your thumbs and forefingers together. Clip them around the teat, just at the bottom of the udder. When you milk, you milk off two teats at a time, but only squeeze one teat at a time. Start with the two teats closest to you. Squeeze the forefinger and thumb together on the first teat, then gently curl your fingers around the teat and squeeze.

Squeezing the thumb and forefinger at the top of the teat keeps the milk from going back up into the udder when you squeeze with the other three fingers. Release the pressure on the thumb and forefinger. On the other hand, put the pressure on the teat with the thumb and forefinger, then gently squeeze the teat with the other three fingers. Loosen the pressure on the second teat and put pressure on the first teat. Go back and forth until there is no more milk. Repeat the process for the back two teats. When you are finished, go back to the front teats, just to make sure there is no more milk.

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