This past weekend I visited my cousins who live in NH on the seacoast and they brought me to their uncles active Dairy Farm. I was able to watch the farm hands perform the second milking of the day. I was also able to visit the new cows who have not yet started milking.
The pasture where the cows roam throughout the day while they are not being milked. You can also see the moon which was full over the weekend.
One of the pretty chickens which provides fresh daily eggs.
Here are the girls in the parlor lined up while they are being milked.
This particular milking parlor is set up as a parallel parlor. There are two rows of cows whose rear ends are facing each other. The walkway between the rows is also a level bellow the cows which allows the farm hands to not have to bend down to reach the utters and allows more cows to be milked at a time.
All cow teats are cleaned prior to the milking, fitted with the pipeline milking system which collects the milk and pumps it to the tank located in the milk room, lastly eat teat must be disinfected with a teat dip to prevent possible mastitis.
The girls on the left are being milked, the girls on the right are done milking for the day (They are milked twice a day) and are free to leave the barn.
Another angle of the girls behind the milking gates.
Eve the farm goat is standing guard of the milk room. Here is where all the milk is pumped to be housed in the tanks till the trucks from the milk distributors come to collect it. Eve the farm goat is free to roam the farm as she please. She is young and playful.
Little Miss petting the young cows that have not yet started milking.
Another young cow in the barn for the night.
Half of the barn lit up at night.
Little Miss and I had a great time watching the production of milking cows. We drink at least two gallons of milk a week in our house so it was very educational to see exactly where it comes from.