A cow produces milk when she gives birth to a calf. Once a cow starts producing milk, she needs to be milked 2 to three times per day.
Cows prefer routine and eagerly make their way to the parlour at their usual milking times. As the cows walk in, the farmer uses milking time to observe the animals to ensure that they are in good health.
Once the animals are in place, the dairy farmer thoroughly cleans the cow’s teats prior to milking. After the teats are cleaned, the milking unit is attached to the cow with care. The unit will be removed from the cow once the cow has a significantly reduced flow of milk.
All equipment is cleaned with hot water and food grade cleaning chemicals after each milking. The surface of the milking equipment is also cleaned.