I just read the craziest article about milking cows. 🐮 I actually reread it twice to make sure I had read it correctly. Then I Googled it just out of curiosity.
Farmers have started new automation for milking cows. Betsy, Daisy, and the girls are being milked by robots.
The cows can now roam around the barn which has hay and ground covering for their comfort. When they are ready to be milked, they head to an individual stall.
Each cow has a code, and that code is scanned when they enter the stall. Based on the cow, a determined amount of particular feed that is actually molasses pellets (cow candy) is dispensed to get them in position.
(Which ensures if Daisy just wants a cow candy snack, and is not ready to be milked, she won’t be given a treat.)
Once in position, their udders are sprayed with disinfectant. A laser then begins to scan their udders to direct the machine where to attach the suction tubes for the milking.
The milk is then funneled into a large holding tank.
This can all be monitored by the farmer’s cell phone through computer and cameras throughout the barn.
Wow — huh? At the risk of aging myself, I still held on to the image of going to the farm and seeing the farmer on a stool, chatting it up with Betsy as he gave her a good milking.
Today I am thankful
- The snow is melting. Yay!
- I have animals coming to the feeder outside my living room windows. It’s a beautiful scene.
- I started my new Lenora Bell book.
From the cow perspective, they are conditioned to a Pavlovian response. I guess it isn’t so bad, you get cow candy, although I am not so sure about the whole tube suction action.
From the farmers perspective, the days of getting up at three-in-the-morning to milk the cows are over. That has to be a freeing feeling. Also, it might attract new farmers to the profession if there is a bit more farm freedom.
All of this is just moving with the technology of the times. That, and with workers not readily available to do this manual, labor-intensive work.
It is a thought to ponder that what we survive on comes from land which orchards and farms utilize to grow nutrients and care for animals.
Land that requires clean air, pristine water, and to be free of debris to thrive healthily. Yet, very little value is placed on that. As well as, the priority to assist the farmers to keep them doing the long hard days.
It makes you grateful for what you eat. It all started from a farmer somewhere.
As for Betsy, Daisy, and the girls .. enjoy that cow candy. I hope it doesn’t flavor the milk eventually. Maybe they could feed them chocolate pellets? I’d be down for that.
affectionately yours, Laura