The first time I came to the barn to milk a cow, the fellows handed me a bucket and told me I had to kneel down and milk the cow. The bucket was filthy inside, but they told me that's where the milk went and I believed them. They even had me kneeling and milking the cow by hand until Joseph's Mother came in and wanted to know what we were doing. She saw me and no one had to tell her what I fallen for. When she sent the boys to get to work-she explained how they really milk cows.
Our cows are milked, twice a day, by automatic milking machines. It takes about three to five minutes to milk a cow. Milk goes from the cow to a strainer, then plate heat exchanged and then into our milk vat (tank) where the milk can be stored up to two days at approximately 39 degrees. The vat agitates so the milk stays cold and mixed-the cream does not separate from the milk. This is all done automatic through the stainless steel pipes in our barn.
The Dairy Milk truck arrives on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Milk can only be kept in the vat for 48 hours. The milk man comes, smells the milk, measures the milk, grades the milk, takes the temperature, reads the charts, enters the amount on the folders, takes a vile of milk sent for testing, and adds the information on his computer. The viles are marked so that if there is something wrong with our milk, it can be traced back to our farm. He then turns off the vat, hooks up the hoses and empties the milk from our vat into the truck. Once the vat is empty, he turns on the hoses and cleans the vat so we can use it again.
From our house, the milk goes to the Processing Plant which is licensed and inspected. The milk is inspected before it is unloaded from the truck. Then the milk is processed. It is really interesting to go to the processing plant. Joseph and I went there and saw how milk is processed. Milk can processed to milk that is in the stores, but also cream, cheese, and butter.
This is sort of a short detail what happens from the cow to the stores. I know if Joseph were here, he would go into more detail that I have. I will be back next week to answer some of the quetions that you have for me from when I was here last time.
Be With the Lord,