The alarm rings at six o’clock in the morning. The farmer and his wife get out of bed, get dressed and head to the kitchen for a hearty breakfast of orange juice, bacon, eggs, toast and coffee. While the farmer’s wife cleans up from breakfast, the farmer heads to the barn where the cows are waiting to come in for their morning milking session.
After leading the cows to their stall, he examines them for signs of illness. A hint of wild garlic on their breath is enough for the farmer to know that their milk cannot be used. Most days the cows pass inspection.
Before applying the automatic milkers, he wipes the udders clean and expresses a small amount of milk by hand to insure that the milk isn’t contaminated. It can take several hours to milk all the cows.
After he milks all the cows, he goes to the chicken coop to collect the eggs. He takes them back to the house to be cleaned and sorted. After tending to the chickens and cows , the farmer heads out to the fields to inspect the crops. Typical crops on a dairy farm include alfalfa and clover for hay and corn and sorghum for silage.
The farmer’s wife will often keep a vegetable garden near to the farmhouse for use in the family meals. The farmer will have brought in fresh milk and eggs from the morning chores. There will be many cats roaming about to keep the rodent and bird population down in the barns.
Before the evening meal, the farmer will milk the cows again and feed all the animals for the day. After dinner he will relax for a few hours before going to bed at ten o’clock.