Milking Routine

  1. Dip boots in bleach water solution. Bring the cows to be milked from the pasture into the holding pen, make sure they have water in outside trough. The cows may run and play when they come in; please do NOT bring children into the alleyway or pastures and be aware of electric fences. If bull in pasture remember to take the green bat with you.   Put a few flakes of hay in the exhaust pen tire. This keeps the cows busy after they are done milking and out of the turn out gate so next cows can go out.
  2. Before entering the milk room make sure your shoes are clean
  3. Wash your hands, put on apron and bouffant cap.
  4. Pour HOT water into the ss buckets. Measure Hot water temperature and mark down.
  5. Fill milk sink and milk bin with cold water. Add a little ice and keep eye on temperature.
  6. Put milk machine together including paper filter and place jars in the clean sink. Run HOT water through the milking machine for 1 minute. Raise and lower inflations.
  7. Pour hot water out of milk bucket  into clean subscriber jars first, then into your jars.. All jars must be sterilized before pouring milk into them. Lids are sterilized in a ss bucket filled with hot water.
  8. Fill out the milk sheet and labels, month, day and cow’s first initial.
  9. check the board for diet
  10. fill pellet buckets, one for each cow.
  12. Unlatch the sliding door, latch the head catch, put pellets and minerals in the bucket for the first cow.
  14. bring in the “clean cows” first and any suspect cows last (cows that have not had their milk results come back yet) , watch to make sure they clean bowels.
  15. Brush all the cows, sprinkle DE or DEEM powder or spray with organic fly spray as needed.
  16. Bring first cow in, close head catch. ALWAYS PLACE A FOOT TIE ON WHEN WE ARE MILKING A NEW COW, HEIFER OR JUST FRESH COW UNTIL TOLD OTHERWISE. This is for your protection be careful when around the cows.
  17. Brush cow udder, belly and her hind legs to get off loose hair and dirt.
  18. Milkers should always have clean hands and clean between cows or when dirty or after stripping udder.
  19. Water should not be used as part of any milking procedures
  20. A pre-dip should be applied with a dipper or cup and given 30 seconds of contact time.
  21. A separate paper or wipe should be used to dry teats and wipe until no yellow. Use both sides.
  22. Use a wipe to clean the teat orifices.
  23. Milking units should be attached 90 seconds after first tactile stimulation.
  24. Teats should be examined for evidence of chapping, cracks, or lesions, which may harbor mastitis-causing bacteria.
  25. Put on booties or towel under cows udder to keep inflation area clean, high udder cows not necessary.
  26. Watch for when no more milk flows into the bell. Pull slightly down to machine strip.
  27. Twist and pull down the suction release valve UNDER the claw
  28. Pull off the teat cups, do this fast and smoothly, stand so no milk empties out of claw
  29.  PLEASE make sure you dip the teats in teat dip spray and/or chap guard (winter) completely
  30. Take off rope, remove tail from clip if used, pellet bucket is placed on step, open the head catch and sliding door and let cow out.
  31. Knock on door for milk handler, or if alone push cart through door, hand inflations and lid and WASH HANDS EACH TIME YOU COME INTO THE MILK ROOM.
  32. empty milk into your jars and place jars in ice water. Do this between each cow. Check thermometer
  33. Call next cow in and repeat, do not forget to give her time to empty her bowels
  34. Sweep out milk parlor and stanchion, empty trash, put buckets in grain shed and clean pen.
  35. Wash walls and mats EVERY DAY.

Milk Handlers Job

  • Now you will do the MILK HANDLERS job so put on apron and bouffant cap if you haven’t already.
  • Hang claw and lid on holders, make sure milk from them does not drip into jars or lids.
  • Empty milk into containers, you MUST do this after each cow. Never milk all cows into the container at once. You MUST WASH YOUR HANDS EVERYTIME YOU ENTER THE MILK ROOM.
  • Put filled jars in milk sink with cold water and ice.  DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. Mark cold temp on milk sheet.


  • When finished milking, remove the paper in-line filter (check for clumps/strips of mucus) and then re-install the filter
  • HARD RINSE OUTSIDE INFLATIONS, BUCKET AND HOSE IN WASH SINK, do not get jars, lids, ss bucket splashed with this water!
  • Warm vinegar rinse (95 degrees) DRAIN. Empty floor bucket onto stanchion or outside.
  • Fill 2 buckets HOT water, 1/2 tsp of dish soap. Run through, place all brushes inside the milk bucket. After you use each brush, rinse it then place in bleach water and hang to dry
  • Empty wash water into a clean bucket to be used to clean floor of stanchion or milk room. .
  • Fill 2 buckets with COLD water and a ½ t bleach. Run completely through the machine.
  • Empty bleach water into sink, then empty sink bucket in the foot bath and floor of milk room.
  • All milking equipment is hung upside down, never hand dry inside of equipment, it is drip dried only.
  • Dry and polish  outside of all ss equipment and tables with ss polishing cloth. The cloth (striped) needs to be wet to polish. Don’t forget the legs of the tables and sink and the inside of each sink.
  • Wipe down all the glass with the glass towel (green), it too must be wet. Don’t forget window and window sill.
  • Gasket goes in basket with filter and clamp, don’t forget to drain the milk hose.
  • Place all jars into the cooler, remember to wipe them dry. Check to make sure each has a date label, As Available is pink label Etna labels are blue and go on blue shelf, Yreka labels are yellow and go on yellow shelf, Mt Shasta labels are green and go on bottom shelf.
  • Put your jars on the cart, place cart near door so you do not have to go back and forth on your clean floor.
  • Wash milk room floor with bleach water.

NOW you move back outside to finish up

  • Wash down the milking parlor in the summer/warm weather, sweep only in the winter, use the hose to wash down milk room floor, and the broom to sweep all the water down the drain or outside. Only when needed.
  • Milk mat MUST be washed every day, any manure on walls MUST be washed as soon as possible.
  • Sweep all water off the mats, lift mats to dry under.
  • Turn off the light
  • Check to close all 4 doors
  • Check to make sure water trough is full
  • Take the cows back out to pasture if needed. Feed them a bale of alfalfa hay in the feed bunk.
  • Make sure all gates are closed, feed calf if necessary.
  • Close and latch grain shed
  • Close driveway gate after you leave.

Most importantly we want you and the cows to enjoy a quiet peaceful time!

This is written for ONE handler, if there are two handlers, cow handler does the highlighted work.

Please feel free to call at any time: (530)598-2358 0000