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Erin    Posted 07-11-2003 at 10:43:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When is the right time to milk a cow?

Les    Posted 07-11-2003 at 12:38:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
When she's fresh.

Salmoneye    Posted 07-11-2003 at 11:11:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you are asking 'when', the answer is after she gives birth...

If you are asking 'what time' Clod is pretty well correct, though the large farms (hundreds of cows) milk 3 times a day in rotating shifts around the clock...

bill b va    Posted 07-11-2003 at 11:38:49       [Reply]  [No Email]

so you are saying after they been with the bull .

Salmoneye    Posted 07-11-2003 at 11:55:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
See the link below for a better explantion...

Erin    Posted 07-11-2003 at 15:18:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks, your answers helped a lot!

Clod    Posted 07-11-2003 at 10:51:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mornings and evenings .The cow has no say in the matter.But I will watch for other answers here along with you.Cows may have become more complex since I was young.

Hal/WA    Posted 07-11-2003 at 23:18:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most cows need to be milked twice a day, about 12 hours apart and on a very consistant schedule to keep their production at maximum. However some large producers need to be milked a third time each day soon after they calve. I would guess that having her udder extremely full of milk is uncomfortable and maybe even painful for a cow.

When I was a kid, we tried to milk at 7AM and 7PM or a little earlier on our little dairy operation. Sometimes things would get in the way and we would have to do the milking later or earlier. The cows didn't like this and it seemed like it would reduce the amount of milk the cows gave for a few days.

Some friends have a large, mechanized dairy. They start milking at 3AM and finish at about 8AM and then do it over again at the same hours of the afternoon. But their setup moves groups of cows around so each cow gets milked about every 12 hours. They really work hard and have a huge investment. I wish the milk price was higher than it is. These have been tough times for dairymen and lots of dairies have gone under.

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