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Family Milk Cow
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Mark    Posted 04-29-2002 at 19:19:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
What would be the "average" time it takes to milk a cow? (Jersey) I know there would be many variables: Amount of milk, type of cow, size of teats, etc, etc,.... Just looking for a rough figure...thanks

Mr. Tracthrob    Posted 04-30-2002 at 17:10:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just sold Fern,my Jersey who had just freshened.It took me 20 min. when fresh and about 10 min. half way thru the cycle.When fresh she produced 6 gal. per day.I loved her but deserted her for a blues band.Besides my kids are all but gone.

Tom A    Posted 04-30-2002 at 04:58:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Mark:

For what my opinion is worth (no cows, but we've milked goats by hand for a couple of years). The average Jersey gives about 2 gallons a milking, two times a day (1972 study, nationwide based on 103,000 cows). My average goat gives about 1/2 gallon a milking. It now takes me about 5 minutes to milk a goat (down quite a bit from the first few milkings.). So if you're talking just the act of squeezing out the milk, something like 15 minutes seems a reasonable estimate for hand milking by a relative newbie.

But there's other time involved too: setting up, washing up, straining, pasteurizing (if you do that) all take up time. I guess we spend about an hour a day altogether doing milk for two to three goats and my guess would be that's about the same as a single small-breed cow.

for whatever that's worth.
There's a pretty good book called 'The Family Cow' we read back when we considered getting a Jersey. Author is Dirk van Loon and it is from Garden Way Publishing.

good luck,

Farmer-Gene-WI    Posted 04-30-2002 at 02:56:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
It takes me 45 minutes to milk 40 cows,that's with 4 units running at 55 pulses per min. So if your talking milking by hand, if my math is right you should be able to do it in 8.8 min. if you don't stop to wipe your brow. Glad we don't do it that way anymore, would be a good way to get the milk prices up tho.

heybusdriver    Posted 04-29-2002 at 22:34:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
In the 70's I had hobby acrege and had a Guersey cow that gave 35 lbs of milk twice a day and it took me by hand milkng 6 to 8 minutes once I started milking. Feeding , washing and milking usually took 15 minutes.

LH    Posted 04-29-2002 at 19:36:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Unless your pretty good at it I would guesstimate about 20 to 30 minutes

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