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What you didn’t know about milking and tending cows

Milking a cow isn’t exactly a comfortable experience at first, but it’s a great way to come closer to animals. Our daily lives involve going to the supermarket and buying milk, but when we do get an occasion to learn where milk comes from, it can be both terrifying and satisfying.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

1) You will be very close to the cow’s teat and its kicking legs. That’s just part of the process, so you will need to be prepared.

2) It is very important to make the cows feel comfortable at the same time as you’re trying to get comfortable with them. One of the ways of doing so is by slowly and softly massaging the cow’s butt with your hands. They like that a lot.

3) The first time you touch and grip a cow’s teat, it is likely to be very awkward since you’ve never done it before. Watch out for the cow spraying all over the place and possibly leaving a stain on your thigh.

4) You must wear disposable latex gloves before milking a cow.

5) The teat of a cow must be fully dried and cleaned. Do not try to use a sponge, and make sure to keep an individual towel handy for each cow that you’re trying to milk.

6) When the temperature is decent outside, cows like to venture out to pasture after the first milking process, eat some grass, and return in the late evening for the second round.

7) When it’s time for cows to calve, they are not supposed to be milked for almost six weeks. One way to find out if the cows are about to give birth is to watch out for their moans and frequent movements, and observe their teats as they get swollen and release extremely white milk. Mostly, they end up giving one calf a year if they end up interacting with a bull and get inseminated. Once the calf is born, the milking begins and happens almost three times in a day.

8) In the morning, cows enjoy being fed and in the middle of the day, they like to be taken to a nearby lake or river to drink some water.

9) A happy cow stretches after waking up and relaxes to sit in a regular posture. An unhappy cow, on the other hand, kicks and butts often and usually stands in discomfort with its head down and body stooped. The tail is another sign; a happy cow’s tail usually hangs straight down whereas an unhappy cow tucks its tail between the legs.

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