Dairy Farming isn’t just easy..

If you have visited Bill Stumpf 1,200 acres where he farms and runs a dairy cows in rural Belleville and see how much effort he does everyday then you’d probably pay more for the milk at the grocery store.

He had been dedicating almost all of his time at the milk house milking the 106 cows, most of them are Holstein. Many people in the Metro East area mostly Americans, harbor an image of a farmer would squeeze milk by hand in a bucket. All cows are brought near the pens in their milk house where they’ll be fed. We shoppers think of milk in gallons and half-gallons while dairy farmers think of milk in pounds. On average, Stumpf said, a gallon of milk is 8.6 pounds.

“An average milker gives about 70 pounds a day,” Stumpf said as he sprayed orange-brown iodine on an udder. “We had one cow that was averaging 120 or 130 pounds, but that’s not typical.”

All farming have lots of demands and mostly, dairy farming may come first. Cows need to be milked twice a day, daily. Clean the udders, spray it with iodine followed by water prevents excess bacteria from getting into cows’ milk. When milking a cow, it will take 5 – 10 minutes depending on how much milk one produces.

Most dairy farmers have spent years breeding herds to get the best milk producers. When the market for milk drops, and he is losing money, you always have to anticipate that for any business, there will always be its ups and down.

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