Bucket milking machine Hand milking is tedious and tiring. Mechanization began in 1850’s when the first bucket milkers were invented. These bucket milk machines were crude and posed a health hazard to the cows. This was until around 1900 when improved bucket milkers were introduced in U.S dairy farms. Back in the 1800’s, farmers dreamed of having a machine that could simplify their milking.
Milking is an art that has been evolving over the decades. One of the most noticeable developments is the introduction of automated milking machines. These are robotic voluntary milking systems that were first introduced in the dairy industry in the 20th century. They have not only enabled farmers to completely automate the milking process but have also opened a window of technological...
Milk production has increased tremendously over the past decades. Between 1950 and 1975, dairy milk production in the U.S averaged at 120 billion pounds. Since then, dairy cow milk production has increased by over 75 %. The production levels in 2013 were a record high of 201.2 billion pounds. This is immense growth especially at a time when milk cow numbers remained relatively constant.
High Yield Heifers Dairy farming will never be profitable if you are not producing enough milk. On average, a dairy cow produces 6-7 gallons of milk in a day. Certain breeds produce between 6,800 kg and 17,000 kg per year. The udder milk produced will vary from one breed to another and other factors may also come to play. Normally, the milk levels will peak around 40-60 days after calving.