Milking at Fairchild Dairy Center

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From the hours of 4:30am – 6:00 and 3:30pm – 5:00 pm this is the noise one can here at the Fairchild Dairy Teaching &Research Center. It is during these milking times UNH student Jerica Rich can be found with iodine stained figures and manure cover boots running the milking machine.

Jerica is a biomedical science/pre-vet major. She stared working in the dairy barn this semester as a student in Cooperative Real Education in Agricultural Management or CREAM program. She hasn’t been working the milking shift long but says the process is pretty simple and easy to get down after being shown a few times.

During her shift Jerica milks about 80 cows and collects about 150-200 gallons of milk. One of her favorite cows is Kona. According to Jerica, Kona is in her second or third year as a production cow and she is one of the top-producing cows in the herd. Each day Kona gives about 120 pounds, or 15 gallons of milk per day. The milk from the milking parlor travels across the ceiling into a large tank that fills two rooms. Farm manager John Whitehouse explains what happens to the milk once it is here.

Before processing HP Hood tests all of the milk for traces of antibiotics and artificial growth hormone. Any traces of either of these products the milk will not be purchased or will be dumped without paying the farmers. Whitehouse is certain that the milk that comes out of these cows is pure clean and safe.

To find out more about convention styling dairy farms and organic milk check out this article here.

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