In a small village called Monterrey in Costa Rica, we stayed at a beautiful villa overlooking the stunning volcano Arenal. We went there to get away from the mosquitos in Caño Negro.
During our time there, we met the owner’s cousin, Agustín, who owned a dairy farm. Agustín invited us to see the process of milking cows. At the dairy farm ( La lechería) we were welcomed by a German Shepard and a small black puppy.
Agustín gave us a tour around the farm. The cows had to be herded into the farm to be fed. It is important to make sure the cows are relaxed before they are milked, because if they are stressed they wont produce as much. So feeding them makes them relaxed. Once they there were fed, the cows were moved to an area to wait before being milked. There were two rows that could fit four cows each for the milking process. There was music playing from a radio when they were milked, to help them relax! First we cleaned the udders with water from a hose, before milking each udder 6 times by hand to get the first batch of milk out which could contain bacteria. Next we sterilised the udders with a special liquid. Once this was done, we attached the electrical tubes to the udders for extracting the milk. It took approximately four minutes to milk each cow. The udders were sterilised again and the cows were moved to another area on the farm. The next eight cows brought in for milking.
Agustin milked a cow directly into a cup that contained chocolate powder, so we drank the freshest hot chocolate in the world!
When all the cows had been milked and herded to the field, Dad used a high pressure hose to clean all the poo from the barn and milking area. We also got to hose down the three pigs in their pen.
Some of the milk that was produced was mixed with some powder containing vitamins and bottle fed to the calfs.
I really enjoyed milking the cows, but i was scared in case they pooed on me! It was a awesome experience to learn about where milk comes from.