Farm Anatomy: How to Milk a Cow

Learn how to milk a cow with these step-by-step instructions.

| May 2012

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Whether you’re a beginning homesteader or an experienced farmer, it’s good to get back to the basics. These step-by-step instructions along with charming illustrations (see Image Gallery) will teach you how to milk a cow, how a milking machine works and how to pasteurize your own milk. This excerpt is taken from Farm Anatomy (Storey Publishing, 2011) by Julia Rothman. 

How to milk a cow

• First make sure your fingernails are clipped and your hands are clean. Then clean the cow’s teats with soapy warm water.

• Position yourself on a low stool with a bucket between your legs.

• Starting on the right side, hold one teat in each hand.



• Begin applying pressure with your thumb and pointer finger and then continue squeezing downward with the rest of the fingers.

• Milk one teat at a time, alternating between your two hands.






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