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Milking Cows
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Mil    Posted 04-27-2004 at 09:17:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does anyone remember what the command to a cow was, when placing your hand on the cow's have her move her leg back, before starting to milk her?

Sid    Posted 04-27-2004 at 18:19:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Saa cow was what we used to say also. I remember thw winter dad got hurt and I did the milking mostly by myself Mom and Aunt Ruth would help but with four smaller brothers and sisters Mom had enough to do. Well the cows kept swatting me with their tails and I wanted to trim them off but Daddy didn't want me to do that he woul trim about three inches or so off if the tail got too nasty. Well this one morning this cow that was real bad about switching her tail hit me on the cheek one to many time and I trimmed that tail as short as I could get it. When I who was so proud of myself went to put the milkers on She hit me on top off the head it felt like I had been beaned with a baseball bat. Like the show used to say Father Knows Best.

Alvin NE WI    Posted 04-27-2004 at 17:23:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Up here we always said Whoo the first time, if no movement than @#%$*&@$%** cow. That usuall got thier attention

Jet9N    Posted 04-27-2004 at 16:36:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Seeing as they are female we just addressed them
as "Boss" to let them know that we were entering
their space. I remember forgeting this once and
picking myself up off the floor six feet behind her.


Alias    Posted 04-27-2004 at 14:52:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mil, I guess what people say to cows depend on region and family. At milking time, we didn't say anything to get the cows to move their hind leg. We'd just put out palm on that hip bone that sticks up and give it a slight push. And, the old cow seemed to know what we wanted.

We did have a special phrase we used to call cows. It sounded similar to suck cows only we said sook cows, I don't know whether or not it's an old German sound. but when you holler it as a single word it comes out sounding like soookcooowze, sooookcooowze........gfp

Donna from Mo    Posted 04-27-2004 at 15:29:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
In my part of Missouri, it's "soookcalf". And I STILL call cows like this.

Stan ETenn    Posted 04-27-2004 at 14:12:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got me to thinking. Up to her seventies my MIL kept a milk cow. My wife and I could never take her anywhere for the cow. One day FIL got rid of said cow and we started taking MIL places. Not to long after FIL got another milk cow. He wouldn't milk the cow. They didn't keep that one long. I went from whole cow's milk to store milk then 2% and for years I've drank skim milk. When I drink 2% it tastes like cream. Later folks

Stan ETenn    Posted 04-27-2004 at 14:04:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
"Saa, Jerse" was what I heard.

Warren    Posted 04-27-2004 at 11:49:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Man, that sure brings back my childhood - 60's and early 70's!

I clearly remember what I used to say to each of our 70 cows that we milked every morning and every night. We said the word "Whoa" pronounced "Hoe". I guess it was the same as what my father said to the horses years before when he worked with them - kind of a command to get the darn thing to stand still.

We did it to keep from surprising the cow so that we didn't end up in or across the gutter compliments of a quick rear leg!

Clipper    Posted 04-27-2004 at 10:27:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is nothing more stoopid on this here earth than a Holstein cow. Milked 280 of em twice a day for 3 years. They'll step on ya,crowd ya inta a wall,knock ya down and walk on ya,and pee on yer foot ever chance they get.I sure miss them ladies..... :^)

BTW: use a short prod stick ta get her inta position....they hates gettin poked in the ribs!

Larry806    Posted 04-27-2004 at 12:47:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess you never raised hogs

Clipper    Posted 04-27-2004 at 13:34:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Only a few fer pork chops an hams... :^)

Just from that I saw that pigs are way smarter than cows more than a few folks I know too!!

Joe Dirt    Posted 04-27-2004 at 10:47:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
"There is nothing more stoopid on this here earth than a Holstein cow."

Oh yes there is.... Holsteins are the smart ones. It the jerseys, ayrshires(sp?) and brown swiss that are really stupid.

OK, maybe the jersey's aren't stupid, just stubborn

Coaltrain    Posted 04-27-2004 at 10:15:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Saaa get that leg back!!!!!!! Coaltrain

Mil    Posted 04-27-2004 at 11:50:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes! Yes! That is it! Thank sister called me last night to ask me about it...she must have been remembering when we were kids! Funny how things come to mind....that was must have been almost 50 years ago!

Steve from TN    Posted 04-27-2004 at 10:48:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, that's what we said. I don't know how to spell it. Pronounced like "saw". I never saw it printed before. I had completely forgotten that. I can vividly remember the big old cows stepping on my frozen foot. A stool to their shins would usually get the big foot to move. I also remember getting slapped in the face with a messy tail. YUCK!

Les    Posted 04-27-2004 at 09:53:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
All I ever said was "Git over, thou sh*ttin old bovril".

TimV    Posted 04-27-2004 at 13:21:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Les: That sounds straight out of James Herriot, if I remember correctly--wonderful books. It also reminds me of the story of the Amish man overheard talking to his stubborn mule: "Mule, I'll neither curse thee nor revile thee, but I WILL twist thy tail!" Too bad I don't have his patience--one swat of that dripping tail, and the cow usually got all sorts of curses and revilement, which she usually repaid by stepping on whichever foot was closest. I spent my whole childhood on a farm, and loved most of it, but if there's one thing about it I don't miss, it's milking cows!

Mil    Posted 04-27-2004 at 13:42:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That was one of the biggest mistakes I ever made....begging Daddy to teach me how to milk the cow! When I was my job from then on out! You know we had to finish milking, before we could listen to The Lone Ranger....on the radio! If that ole cow did not cooperate...we were out of luck!

Les    Posted 04-27-2004 at 13:45:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
We always had a radio out in the barn. Whenever the lights were on, it was on. Never had to miss a thing. Radio in the house was always on, too.

Mil    Posted 04-27-2004 at 13:53:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We were so poor...we barely just got electricity in the house....and one radio was a luxury!

Les...HAH!    Posted 04-27-2004 at 13:38:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, that's where I got it from. LMAO when I first read it. (I didn't quote it exactly. Mine was a paraphrase.) I've remembered it all these years.

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