To start my afternoon at the dairy farm, I scraped faeces from the cattle beds and encouraged some of the apprehensive cows to get up because it was milking time.
Although I had watched milking before and worked with dairy cows, this was my first time milking.
When the cows came into the parlour, I wiped their teats clean as they entered. Systematically, I placed the suction devices on the four teats. The machine automatically retracted when the milking was complete as the suction cups fell off. As this depended on the cow, I had to be quick to then place the machine on the cow parallel in the parlour. Once a row of cows were milked, I sprayed their teats with iodine because the streak canal is opened to release milk so cows are susceptible to mastitis post-milking.
The idea is that the cows graze for half an hour before going back inside, to prevent them laying down soon after milking.