Udderly amazing
by Jason Collins
Apr 16, 2009 | 640 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
L.P. Voskamp hooks up a milking machine to the udders of Sunshine, a 3-year-old jersey, during a demonstration at R.A. Hall Elementary Tuesday morning.
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L.P. Voskamp and his dairy cow, Sunshine, rolled into R.A. Hall Elementary School Tuesday morning to the grins and enthusiasm of the students.

As he hooked up the milking machine to the jersey, he told the fourth-grade students that morning that Sunshine could produce about 6 gallons of milk per day.

“Milk will last 18 days once it is pasteurized, if it is kept cold,” he told the students. “It is typically two days before that milk is ready for you here at your school or at home. During that time it is never touched by human hands.”

Voskamp, instructor with Southwest Dairy Farmers, travels this area talking to students about the importance of drinking milk and telling them where it comes from.

He said that most of the dairy farms in Texas are up north.

“There used to be big dairy farms around here,” he said. “Today, most of the big dairy farms are in north and northwest Texas...

“The average dairy farm is about 450 cows but there are some that are a lot bigger.”

He added that while at the farms, it might seem odd to see the cows in fan cooled barns, away from anything that could cause stress; it isn’t.

“Only happy cows give milk,” he said. “It is not just a commercial. It is fact.”
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