Friday, August 29, 2008

Skywatch Friday: Sky Over the Milking Parlor


Last weekend, we had to go to Ohio for a few days, and we had the opportunity to visit with both of our brothers.  Mine lives in Youngstown, and Michael's is a dairy farmer in Plain City.  While we were at the farm Monday, Tom started the evening milking (He milks 40 cows.), and I noticed the sky above the milking parlor.  Tom and Sue's two dogs (Paulie and Lacy- left and right) had to get in the photo, too.

A question for you:  We asked Tom how much milk he could get out of the average cow each day (2 milkings).  He gave us his high/low amounts.  Can you guess the range of how many pounds he can get from a cow in a day?  Tune in tomorrow for the answer.

Today is SkyWatch Friday, and as usual, blogs all over the world are participating.  When I signed up, I was number 243.  Click here to get links to other participating blogs.

10 comments:

Snap Catch said...

The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky.... Wonderful capture for skywatch! Mine's up too hope you can drop by, asking for your vote too... thanks a lot! Happy weekend

Gary said...

Nice feathery clouds above the milking shed.

I haven't a clue how much milk a cow produces - have made a note of your blog so I can find out. I love trivia like this!!!

Great skywatch.

Gary
Bodge's Bulletin

Halcyon said...

Hmm... just wondering how can you measure milk in pounds? I would guess that a single cow can produce about 10 gallons per day, with 40 cows that would come out to 400 gallons.

It's a good looking sky. Love the cute doggies! Lots of people around here are gearing up for Gustav. I may be naive, but I'm not too worried about it hitting Jackson.

Lady Di Tn said...

Chris
I admire dairy farmers because cows DO NOT take a day off from producing milk. When I was small the milk truck would pick up two to four cans of milk daily and there were not forty cows so I know it is a greater number than I would expect. Peace

Knoxville Girl said...

I like those milky clouds. This city girl has no idea of how much milk (does a milk cow milk if a milk cow could...) You know, I'll be very interested in the answer.

Gwyn said...

Greetings from Juneau, Alaska!
I'm not sure about pounds. But, our cows use to produce a little more than 2.5 gallons at a time. So, I'd say about 5 to 6 gallons a day.

lucy said...

Don't know nuttin' bout milkin' no cows but them sure are some pretty pictures!

Rambling Round said...

Ye old dairy barn! I have no idea about the amount of milk, but they used to get about a bucketful by hand. By machine, well, I'd say two gallons? How many lbs. is that??

Columbo said...

Chris, nice shot cool dogs. That's a lot of milking going on . I will keep checking to see how much weight of milk.

Arija said...

Now thems the funnyest lookin cows I ever saw in front o' that thar milkin parler! Nice shot though.