How to Milk a Cow by
Hand and Milking a Cow made Easy
Here you will learn how to
milk a cow by hand. Unless you have more than 15 cows, it is
not worth the cost of buying expensive milking machines. Milking a cow
by hand seems difficult at first, only because you haven't mastered the
technique. Once you know what to do, and how to do it, then milking
cows is something that you could probably do in your sleep. But until
you get to that stage there are a couple of things you need to get
Milking cows need to be milked
at the same time every day, twice a day and they need to be milked
correctly for them to be happy and generous with their milk.
And cows will, as long as they are handled with care. Cows will have
milk in their udders when they are calving, and so it is a natural
process anyway when the teats are stimulated for the milk to start to
flow from the udder to the teats.
The most important aspect of
leaning how to milk a cow is that everything should be clean;
your hands before you start hand milking, the teat that you are going
pulling on, the bucket that you are going to be collecting the milk in,
and the final receptacle you are going to use to store the milk in. If
you are not careful about hygiene at any stage, it will affect the
quality of the milk, and worse still, your health. You can use a weak
bleach solution to clean your buckets out after use, but remember to
rinse well with hot water afterwards and to turn the buckets upside
down when not in use to make sure that they are free of dust and
insects when you use them next.
Milking a Cow by Hand
The next thing when you
learn how to
milk a cow is to wash both the cow, her teats and your hands before you
begin. You don't have to give her a full wash, but it is advisable to
wash and brush the side of the cow where you will be sitting to prevent
any debris falling into the bucket. And definitely your hands and udder
should be cleaned before you begin hand milking cows. All of these can
cleaned using warm water. It is then important to dry each udder off
and a disposable paper towel is best to prevent the spread of bacteria.
Your hands can also be dried off in the same manner using a new paper
No matter how gentle your
milking cow is in the field, she has the ability to kick like a mule if
she can. Therefore, it is best to treat Daisy with a healthy
respect and to tie her back legs together with a strip of cloth or
leather when you begin milking her. Of course, there is how to milk a
cow the easy way, but tying her up, or how to milk a cow the difficult
way and have her kick you and your full milk bucket just as you were
about to call it a day. It's your choice, but certainly wiser to
restrain her right in the beginning.
how to milk a
cow you should also learn about looking for any signs of mastitis in
your cows. This is a painful illness that can occur when a
cow has not been able to let down her milk regularly, or has been
milked with dirty hands, had her teats wiped with a cloth that wasn't
clean, or to the prevalence of flies. You should also examine the teats
to make sure that they are not chapped or cracked where bacteria can
sit and breed. Hand milking a cow that has mastitis can be tested by
at the foremilk. If you take a small sample from the teat and examine
it against a dark container if the milk is flaky, has small clots, or
is very watery then this means that your cow could have mastitis and
the milk is not suitable for human consumption. You should then call
your vet in for a more professional opinion and a course of antibiotics
will do the trick.
So now finally, you will
get to read
more on how to milk a cow. Place a milking stool on
the right side of the cow and place the bucket firmly between your
knees so that the bucket is stable and cannot be accidentally knocked
over by any movement of the cow. You should try and get under the cow
as much as possible so that the distance between the teat and the
bucket is minimized.
The technique of milking cows by hand
all comes down to how you hold the teat. The teat should always be
grasped by the whole hand with your thumb and forefinger around the top
of the teat. By doing this you are preventing the milk from going back
into the udder. Then, enclose the rest of the teat with your other
fingers, one by one. This then presses the milk out. In order to get a
good flow of milk going you then release the grip of your thumb and
forefinger on the teat to allow the milk to flow down the teat again
from the udder, and repeat the process of enclosing and squeezing the
teat with the rest of your fingers as seen in the diagram.
How to milk a cow is not
difficult as I
said, but it does mean mastering this technique. When you start milking
your cows start with the front teats first, and try milking them with
the above technique with both hands on the two front teats. When they
are nearly empty, then start on the back two teats. When they are
nearly empty, you can then come back to the front teats and finish off
your milking by seeing if you can a little bit of whatever is left in
these front teats. Once you have the technique mastered your hand
will go much better once you have a rhythm going and using both hands.
So, what are you going to do with all
that milk once you have milked your cow? If you are thinking about
making cheese, you will probably be needing some Cheese
Here is a video for
you to watch on how
to milk a cow by hand, and how to milk a cow with a machine.
THE BASICS OF HOW
TO MILK A COW
HOW TO MILK A COW
HOW TO MILK A COW
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