Part of the MSU farm across the street from the plant
My class of interns. I am all the way on the left.
Here is some interesting facts about the milk that I learned:
-A cow has 4 separate quarters on their body from where the milk comes. Each quarter is attached to one of the udders.
-If a cow is not milked for 12 hours or more, someone will go to get them so that they get milked.
-When one utter is empty during milking, the machine lets go of that utter and lets it continue milking the others. This helps to prevent mastitis which is an infection in the mammary gland.
-The average cow there weighs 1350 pounds!
-Each cow produces about 45-85 gallons of milk PER DAY!
-During the summer months, milk production is much lower due to the cow eating mostly grass as opposed to corn, hay, etc.
-To keep milk production up, each cow needs to give birth about once per year.
I absolutely loved this trip and learned a ton about milking cows.