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Discussion » Questions » Jobs » Do you think I could get a job somewhere milking cows by hand or is it all done by machine now?

Do you think I could get a job somewhere milking cows by hand or is it all done by machine now?

I grew up on a farm milking cows by hand for many years so does anyone anywhere hire an experienced cow milker? I wonder how much the job pays?

Posted - August 5

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  • 4600
    All machines, I think. Poor cows. 
      August 5, 2020 8:00 PM MDT
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  • 8915
    Right,  I think a pair of hands feel much nicer. 
      August 5, 2020 8:38 PM MDT
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  • 10174
    I definitely agree.  
    :) :)
      August 5, 2020 10:55 PM MDT
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  • 14038
    Only if they're warm. :)
      August 6, 2020 12:22 PM MDT
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  • 10174
    It's those little details that make a world of difference!!
    Very nice of you to realize how uncomfortable cold hands would be.  
    Having the milking a soothing experience would also make our cow very willing to give.
    You are very thoughtful, Spunky Senior!!
    :) :)!!
      August 6, 2020 12:42 PM MDT
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  • 14038
    LOL ...
      August 7, 2020 9:06 AM MDT
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  • 10174
    My hand must have been cold a couple days ago.  They were so frigid, they didn't hit "LIKE!"   IKES!!
    Sorry!
    Big Giggles!!
      August 7, 2020 9:25 AM MDT
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  • 10174
    :( :(.  You may be right for all the milk-cows we buy the milk from at the grocery stores.
    Maybe a farmer or two still does it by hand.
    One can only hope.

    This post was edited by Merlin at August 6, 2020 7:11 PM MDT
      August 5, 2020 10:54 PM MDT
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  • 4600
    Perhaps an artisan cheese maker who truly adores his cows! 
      August 6, 2020 7:13 PM MDT
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  • 6162
    Maybe on an Àmish farm. Cheers!
      August 5, 2020 8:17 PM MDT
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  • 8213
    I think actual, you know, Amish people handle that.
      August 5, 2020 8:34 PM MDT
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  • 10174
    Good Point. I hadn't thought of them.
    :) :)!! This post was edited by Merlin at August 6, 2020 6:55 AM MDT
      August 5, 2020 10:56 PM MDT
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  • 10174
    I just looked up the average going rate of pay for a cow-milking Canadian Cat.
    Unfortuately, they only gave me United States rates of pay.
    For the big farms, like, Scholten, Elderslie, and Will DeGroot, it's looking like a little over 12 bucks an hour.
    Maybe since you're a cat and perhaps like the creamy taste, they would give you an employee discount.
    Who knows?  It's worth a shot of cream to ask!

    If I were you, I would go to your neighborhood farm and ask if you could volunteer for a couple of days, try it out and then see if you like it.
    It would be an interesting job to have and I'm sure there must be a demand.  
    Definitely the hands on tit for the milk.  I am sure it is easier and more pleasant for the cow.  The milk probably tastes better, too.

    ;) :)

    This post was edited by Merlin at August 7, 2020 9:31 AM MDT
      August 5, 2020 11:04 PM MDT
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  • 10174
    "PURR..."  "PURR!" to you forever, kittigate!

    To show my appreciation, I've asked Betsy and she said she would like to come and live with you for a while.
    She's our friendly and very Happy! Happy! milk cow.

    She has the sweetest cream and the nicest personality.  She's not very good at directions, so she wears a bell.
    The good news is, she's potty, barn-trained.  She isn't messy at all.
    She says "Moooooore than anything, Thank you for being a great friend and the AP!

    Happy! Happy!
      August 5, 2020 11:26 PM MDT
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  • 8915
    So nice! i'll take good care of Betsy.  This post was edited by Kittigate at August 6, 2020 12:48 PM MDT
      August 6, 2020 7:11 AM MDT
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  • 10174
    She is so excited!  She's bathed and put on her best patches! 
    https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/cow-goes-moo-vector-illustration-mooing-1439908832
    I'll zap her over, right now!!
    Thanks kittigate!!
    :) :)!!

      August 6, 2020 1:09 PM MDT
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  • 8915
    What a sweet little lady... Thank-you! 
      August 6, 2020 4:28 PM MDT
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  • 36496


      No fair, you stole my idea: I was just about to post this also, but my plan is for churning butter. Grrrrrrrrr. 


    ~

      August 6, 2020 7:13 AM MDT
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  • 8915
    hee hee
      August 6, 2020 7:16 AM MDT
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  • 36496
      August 6, 2020 7:26 AM MDT
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  • 1260
    you can work in a farm but you wont milk by hands 

    i think you must control the machines and maybe feed cows with hay and do various things.


      August 6, 2020 9:45 AM MDT
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  • 14038
    Many dairy farms are going bankrupt because people are not buying as much milk as they used to.  Now it's oat milk and almond milk although I must admit I had no idea that oats and almonds lactate or that they could be milked, but what do I know.
      August 6, 2020 12:25 PM MDT
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  • 4656
    I'm glad I'm not the only one clueless how to milk an almond.

    LOL
      August 6, 2020 12:26 PM MDT
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  • 14038
    I think one would have to have very tiny hands.
      August 6, 2020 12:28 PM MDT
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