Rosamond Dairy Farmers Hard At Work
Milking cows, that's just a normal part of the day for Matthew Clavin, owner of Clavin Dairy Farms.
"There is so much that goes with it," Clavin said. "The milking part is really the easiest part. It's the rest of it that's a bit challenging."
He's been milking cows his entire life, and loves every minute of it, even when the work doesn't come easy.
"Every day is a challenge," Clavin said. "You think every day would be the same, but it's not. You've always got something that is broke down."
Talk about a challenge. With nearly 400 cows from the oldest to the new baby calf born on the Fourth of July, Clavin and his family milk nearly 175 of their cows three times a day.
"Seven in the morning, 2:30 in the afternoon, and 11:00 at night, so it's really a nonstop day," dairy farmer Jesse Morrow said. "It's just take a nap come back out and do it again."
These cows are pumping close to 27,000 pounds of milk every other day.
"85 pounds a day three times a day, the top cow pushing about 130 pounds, 140 pounds," Morrow said. "That's the number one cow in the herd, and as they push through their lactation, there are longer days in lactation the less milk."
And just like every farmer, their product depends on Mother Nature.
"Extreme heat and high humidity really affects the cow, so we have fans and sprinklers in the barns to keep them comfortable," Clavin said.
Compared to last year's drought, this weather couldn't be better.
"Weather like we've had is pretty ideal, in the cool days they really do good," said Morrow.
The entire milking process at Clavin Dairy Farms takes about nine hours out of their day--six for the actual milking process, and three for the cleanup. They produce around 4 million pounds of milk a year.