When you come out to the farm, you walk into the bottling room, then into the room where the cows get milked. Did you ever wonder what goes on behind the dairy building? Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek of something that happens each morning during the summer months.
In case you haven't seen it on Facebook, this is a video of a new secret weapon we're using on our farm to keep our cows happier and your milk safer. I'm betting you didn't even know such a thing existed. I know I didn't.
When my sister saw it, she said she wished she could have one for the mosquitoes where she lives. She said she’d walk through it all day long.
The cows spend tons of energy swishing flies…you know how you are when you’re outside and the pests are bugging you, right? When the cows are swishing and licking and stomping, they’re using those calories for something other than making milk.
Flies also carry disease and can bite the udders which can cause mastitis. Not fun for the cows or the farmers who have to deal with it.
We don’t want to use chemical means to run these varmints off, so Eric researched a different solution. This one cost a lot of money, but you have to weigh the cost of milk loss from swishing and mastitis.
Plus kids think it’s cool.
Here’s the video of the new secret weapon!
We won’t be using this machine in the winter so if you want to see it in action in real life, click here to send us an email and you can come out to watch it make the flies vanish before they buzz off for the season.