(Closed) Got a 2nd job….milking cows!

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
Member
1417 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Vidya:  I didn’t ‘work’ on a farm but my family owned one and I helped out alot. Water proof boots are a MUST! I would wash them before they were even off my feet lol. Sounds exciting I loved doing it too!

Post # 4
Member
853 posts
Busy bee

Wow! Good for you! Total city girl here (milking cows would be my nightmare, especially considering I’d be afraid of them….) but good on ya’ for taking the bull by the horns! πŸ˜‰

Post # 5
Member
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I do work on a farm and have for about 6 years and went to college to work with livestock.  Definitely good boots and leave them at the farm or in a container you can close in your trunk. Always remember that cows can be nice but they can kick in multiple directions and it HURTS, so always use your common sense around them.  Enjoy the job, milking was not for me but I do love working with cattle.  Good luck! 

Post # 8
Member
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Awesome! I work with horses on a farm and love it. Nothing like dealing with fresh air and animals over people and desks πŸ˜‰

are you hand milking or using machines?

Post # 10
Member
1417 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Vidya:  Yeah the steal toe boots are heavey. For a while I was just using something similar to rain boots!

Post # 12
Member
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Can you change clothes when you get there, and when you leave (so you don’t get your car dirty?) Perhaps you can leave your shoes/boots there and just change into them when you get there? otherwise maybe have a bag in your car or a rubbermaid tote to put your (possibly muddy) boots into.

Get as much sleep as possible! I used to have a factory job (not a farm) but still manual labor and it was so physically tiring. Make sure you are getting as much sleep as you can, even if that means catching up on weekends.

Post # 13
Member
111 posts
Blushing bee

congratulations! That`s a really cool job. I may be a bit jealous

Post # 14
Member
5296 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

I only have about 20 years of experience……..lol.

Yes to steel-toed boots. And get rubber boots to put over those. And probably a hat πŸ˜‰ What kind of parlor are you in? What breed do they milk? and how many?

Cows are pretty docile, with some variation between breed. Without knowing what type of parlor you are in, I can’t give great specifics, but when approaching a cow that you are going to touch, always rest your hand on their hip first (with the rest of your body off to the side), it lets her know that you are there. It’s more uncommon for them to kick straight back, but I’m sure you’ll get a few swats where they kick forward and up (toward their udder). Depending, again, on the facility, that may be good or bad. 

Is there actually a bull on the farm? Most dairies use AI now, with a possible cleanup bull. If there is one, find out where it’s allowed to be, and stay away. Period. They are very dangerous animals, and because you are not familiar with them (neither am I, my family hasn’t kept a bull in years), it is in your best interest to just stay away. 

 

ask any questions at all, I got my degree in dairy, so in addition to growing up on a farm, I’ve gotten to visit quite a few others!

Post # 16
Member
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

That is totaly freaking AWESOME! I love raw milk and I love cows and you are so lucky! Congrats!

The topic ‘Got a 2nd job….milking cows!’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors