We have been buying real, unpasteurized milk for a few months now from another homeschool family. As we had recently enjoyed a field trip to a local dairy processing plant, Eberhard’s Dairy
, I wanted to show the kids the alternative. I thereby made arrangements with the family and we were encouraged to invite a few friends to join us.
We arrived early in the morning, just in time to see how the milking machine is hooked up to the cow. I didn’t get a picture, but the young woman pictured here moments before took the time to prep and cleanse the cow with iodine. Notice, she also tied up the cows tail to keep it out of the way.
The milking machine was underway and the kids then entertained themselves observing the young calf and playing with the barn cat. It was cold and snowy outside so the heat lamp was on for the calf’s comfort.
After the 3 gallon tank (if I recall the volume correctly) was filled, it was taken into the kitchen and poured into smaller jars for those (like us) who partake in the herd-share program. It was fun to watch the kids’ enthusiasm and interest in the entire process. The kids that had also taken part in the trip to Eberhard’s were especially intrigued.
When the trip concluded, I treated the kids to hot cocoa with real milk. It was delicious and the perfect way to culminate the experience.