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I'm a dairy farmer. Ask me a question

 
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How many cows can a single worker milk? Is it all a machine that the cow is herded over? How does it work?
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Do U have to pour iodine in the milk tank to bring down the bacteria level before the truck can take it?
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Do you eat cheese?

Do you have bacon every morning before farm work.
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What do you feed the cows?
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Our high producing milk cows get a very strict diet to maximize comfort, health, and production. It's heavy on alfalfa and corn silage, but we also add a lot of smaller ingredients. Shelled corn, corn gluten, ground soybean, various minerals.
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making milk with Monsanto GM corn!

Thats why this nation is so sick.

Monsanto GM Roundup™ contaminated corn fed milk

Monsanto GM Roundup™ contaminated corn fed beef

Monsanto GM Roundup™ contaminated corn fed pork

Monsanto GM Roundup™ contaminated corn fed chicken

Monsanto GM Roundup™ contaminated corn fed fish

Monsanto GM Roundup™ contaminated corn fed eggs


poison
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What do you do with all the poo?
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Do you know of Joel Salatin?
I'd like to hear what you think about a farmer like him, from your perspective.
 Quoting: GFX guy


I had to google him to confirm it was the guy I was thinking, and it was. I don't know much about him to be honest. I saw him on a documentary I was watching, maybe it was Food inc, or Forks over Knives. He seemed exceptionally bright, and I believe if my memory is correct, he's a die hard organic farmer. I respect all farmers, but different farms are set up differently. Our farm has been in my family for over 150 years. We own a lot of acres and have grown and expanded over the years. We are simply too big of an operation to be organic, but we go above and beyond meeting all requirements and rules from the EPA and DEQ. If you have a more specific question reguarding Salatin, I'd be happy to answer.
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making milk with Monsanto GM corn!

Thats why this nation is so sick.

Monsanto GM Roundup™ contaminated corn fed milk

Monsanto GM Roundup™ contaminated corn fed beef

Monsanto GM Roundup™ contaminated corn fed pork

Monsanto GM Roundup™ contaminated corn fed chicken

Monsanto GM Roundup™ contaminated corn fed fish

Monsanto GM Roundup™ contaminated corn fed eggs


poison
 Quoting: death by design 34464973


Yes but the world is changing... one farm at a time.
It takes time to hunt down and kill the king of the jungle.
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How many years do you use a milking cow?

Do you send them to slaughter then?

What do you do with the calves?

How long are they allowed to be with their mother.

Do you artificially inseminate your herd?

What do you do when the power goes out?

How many days of food do you keep on hand?

How long could you survive without power?

How much land do you own?

Is your land mortgaged?

Do you own a shotgun or weapon to protect what you own?

Do you have a garden in the summer?

Do you have kids and do they want to farm the land when they are adults?
hfbumphf

Do you have well water, how often do you have it tested?

Last Edited by stillhere on 02/16/2013 10:10 PM
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Would you rather be a lumberjack???

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How many cows can a single worker milk? Is it all a machine that the cow is herded over? How does it work?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24532632


Our milking parlor has 2 sides of 12 stalls, so 24 cows can be milked at a time. Our parlor runs 24 hours a day, and within those 24 hours we milk a little over 700 cows, 3 times. Once in the morning, afternoon, and night. 1 worker runs the parlor, so he can run 700 cows through in one 8 hour shift. The cows form a line, come into the stalls, and the worker attaches the milkers. Everything is computer controlled and the milkers detect when the cow is done giving milk and comes off. Those cows exit, 24 more come in. Repeat that cycle all day everyday,
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Do you use BGH (Bovine Growth Hormone aka Crack for Cows)?
Do you know the effects of BGH?
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Beef catte are nu Erika in t'he western us but in t'he fewest numbers sinçe 1949 yet t'he us population has grown by Moré than 100 million in That time. In 1980 there seré over 200 thousand dairy farms Now only 55000 .
Robots Now milk a percentatge of cows in europe and and us . T'he western us dairys are barely hanging on so all please go out and buy all t'he dairy products you Can pleasecool2
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Do U have to pour iodine in the milk tank to bring down the bacteria level before the truck can take it?
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We put iodine on the teats and wipe them off to clean/sterilize the cow before we attach the milkers. We have to take 4 milk samples throughout the day from our milk tanks, so if there's any iodine/anything else in there, we don't get paid. So no, we don't put anything but milk in the tanks.
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that sounds like a big operation.

How many do you employ and what are their wages?

Do you ever get to leave on vacation?
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Do you eat cheese?

Do you have bacon every morning before farm work.
 Quoting: ~Spaze*Man~


I do eat cheese, I enjoy cheese more than milk.

Hahaha it's funny you say that, I eat bacon most mornings. Who doesn't? That shit is delicious!
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making milk with Monsanto GM corn!

Thats why this nation is so sick.

Monsanto GM Roundup™ contaminated corn fed milk

Monsanto GM Roundup™ contaminated corn fed beef

Monsanto GM Roundup™ contaminated corn fed pork

Monsanto GM Roundup™ contaminated corn fed chicken

Monsanto GM Roundup™ contaminated corn fed fish

Monsanto GM Roundup™ contaminated corn fed eggs


poison
 Quoting: death by design 34464973


It is impossible for larger operations to not use Monsanto. They really do have a stranglehold on everything.
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Do you know of Joel Salatin?
I'd like to hear what you think about a farmer like him, from your perspective.
 Quoting: GFX guy


I had to google him to confirm it was the guy I was thinking, and it was. I don't know much about him to be honest. I saw him on a documentary I was watching, maybe it was Food inc, or Forks over Knives. He seemed exceptionally bright, and I believe if my memory is correct, he's a die hard organic farmer. I respect all farmers, but different farms are set up differently. Our farm has been in my family for over 150 years. We own a lot of acres and have grown and expanded over the years. We are simply too big of an operation to be organic, but we go above and beyond meeting all requirements and rules from the EPA and DEQ. If you have a more specific question reguarding Salatin, I'd be happy to answer.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33832088


You pretty much answered it. I was wondering why his way of doing things isn't more popular. I can see that it's still not cost effective to scale up.

When you have more time you may want to watch an interview with him. Perhaps you could someday start a spin-off into a more artisan version of dairy farming.



5*'s and thanks for your thread... I'm learning a great deal. Best of luck to you!
hf
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What do you do with all the poo?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 34426033


We have 2 massive storage units on our farm. One can contain 1.2 million gallons of shit, while the other can store up to 2.4 million gallons. We spread it on our fields as it is a natural fertilizer containing nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus.
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What brand of milkers do you use. In the seventies I was an executive with the Surge dairy farm equipment co. Babson Bros. At that time farmers were milking twice a day. What is the average daily pound output per cow now.
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Ask away motha fuckaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas
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Raw, whole, unpasteurized milk. Do you sell it?
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How many years do you use a milking cow?

Do you send them to slaughter then?

What do you do with the calves?

How long are they allowed to be with their mother.

Do you artificially inseminate your herd?

What do you do when the power goes out?

How many days of food do you keep on hand?

How long could you survive without power?

How much land do you own?

Is your land mortgaged?

Do you own a shotgun or weapon to protect what you own?

Do you have a garden in the summer?

Do you have kids and do they want to farm the land when they are adults?
hfbumphf

Do you have well water, how often do you have it tested?
 Quoting: stillhere


1. Depends on the cow. A good cow will go 4-6 years
2. Yes when they can't produce as much as it costs to feed them, we ship them for beef or sell them to another farm
3. A couple days
4. We do both artificial and natural insemination on our operation
5. We have a massive generator on our farm. During the summer thunderstorms if we lose power, we just hook a tractor up to that bitch and we are back in business.
6. I currently have no back up food right now. My lazy logic says I have 1500 cows and some chickens so I don't feel the rush to store food. Although I'm going to start storing more soon.
7. See answer #5
8. I personally own 28 acres, my family owns about 800, we rent another 400
9. My personal land is, I don't think the rest is
10. We have a lot of guns, but there's not really a need to protect anything at this point.
11. I tried to do a garden last year, but I just didn't have the time. I'll stick to macro farming, micro isn't really my thing
12. I don't have kids, but my brothers do, and they love the farm and at this young age say they want to be farmers too. Who knows if that will change in the future.
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Do you use BGH (Bovine Growth Hormone aka Crack for Cows)?
Do you know the effects of BGH?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 4386039


No we don't. I've honestly never heard of that. Are you referring to BST?
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Yeah, I have a fucking question. You are a dairy man, but you might still have the answer. Where the fuck are all the meat cows?? MOOOO.....

I mean we must eat about the equivalent of a million cows a day in the US. Where are these mother fuckers located? I have traveled far and wide on the US roadways. I see dairy farms, but not many eaters. Yeah, I know, Texas, Nebraska, blah, blah, blah. Are we eating horse or Chinese cattle?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30912754


There's a couple larger beef farms around me, but I'm assuming most are in the south.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33832088


Thanks for that, but I was hoping for a bit more. Ah, I'll go google "where's the beef"
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30912754


Look up cattle "feedlots"
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that sounds like a big operation.

How many do you employ and what are their wages?

Do you ever get to leave on vacation?
 Quoting: stillhere


It's a pretty big operation but nowhere near the biggest in Michigan. Like I said, we milk 700 cows, there's a farm an hour away that milks 2000.

We employ about 20 people. Wages go from $9/hour to over $50,000/year.

I get to take vacations, but it's tricky. I can't during planting season and harvest.
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Do you know of Joel Salatin?
I'd like to hear what you think about a farmer like him, from your perspective.
 Quoting: GFX guy


I had to google him to confirm it was the guy I was thinking, and it was. I don't know much about him to be honest. I saw him on a documentary I was watching, maybe it was Food inc, or Forks over Knives. He seemed exceptionally bright, and I believe if my memory is correct, he's a die hard organic farmer. I respect all farmers, but different farms are set up differently. Our farm has been in my family for over 150 years. We own a lot of acres and have grown and expanded over the years. We are simply too big of an operation to be organic, but we go above and beyond meeting all requirements and rules from the EPA and DEQ. If you have a more specific question reguarding Salatin, I'd be happy to answer.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33832088


You pretty much answered it. I was wondering why his way of doing things isn't more popular. I can see that it's still not cost effective to scale up.

When you have more time you may want to watch an interview with him. Perhaps you could someday start a spin-off into a more artisan version of dairy farming.



5*'s and thanks for your thread... I'm learning a great deal. Best of luck to you!
hf
 Quoting: GFX guy



You're welcome, and thank you! I think it's important people understand the dairy industry. It's not as evil as documentaries would like you to believe.
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Will a single cow in a natural setting give milk long after weaning of a calf?, and if so, how many months a year will a cow give milk?

TYIA
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How many years do you use a milking cow?

Do you send them to slaughter then?

What do you do with the calves?

How long are they allowed to be with their mother.

Do you artificially inseminate your herd?

What do you do when the power goes out?

How many days of food do you keep on hand?

How long could you survive without power?

How much land do you own?

Is your land mortgaged?

Do you own a shotgun or weapon to protect what you own?

Do you have a garden in the summer?

Do you have kids and do they want to farm the land when they are adults?
hfbumphf

Do you have well water, how often do you have it tested?
 Quoting: stillhere


1. Depends on the cow. A good cow will go 4-6 years
2. Yes when they can't produce as much as it costs to feed them, we ship them for beef or sell them to another farm
3. A couple days
4. We do both artificial and natural insemination on our operation
5. We have a massive generator on our farm. During the summer thunderstorms if we lose power, we just hook a tractor up to that bitch and we are back in business.
6. I currently have no back up food right now. My lazy logic says I have 1500 cows and some chickens so I don't feel the rush to store food. Although I'm going to start storing more soon.
7. See answer #5
8. I personally own 28 acres, my family owns about 800, we rent another 400
9. My personal land is, I don't think the rest is
10. We have a lot of guns, but there's not really a need to protect anything at this point.
11. I tried to do a garden last year, but I just didn't have the time. I'll stick to macro farming, micro isn't really my thing
12. I don't have kids, but my brothers do, and they love the farm and at this young age say they want to be farmers too. Who knows if that will change in the future.
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Holly shit!!! you answered all of those... If you were a registered user I'd give you karma for that!

BTW... Tell those kids that the farmers of today will be the rockstars of the future. Minus the OD's of course.
No matter what happens to the worlds finances, food is becoming more important every day.
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What brand of milkers do you use. In the seventies I was an executive with the Surge dairy farm equipment co. Babson Bros. At that time farmers were milking twice a day. What is the average daily pound output per cow now.
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Germania is our milking parlor and De Laval is our components. They are made in Israel and I actually got to take a trip there to see how they were made. It was a great time.
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