We woke up at 5:00am, which was the earliest during these two weeks. We left Midas, the resort, at 5:30am to head to a farm with dairy cows in order to observe and learn how to milk a cow. The cows were all surprisingly clean, and the owner first showed a demonstration. First we cleaned the teats, hand milked it, and used a suction to milk it. With about 23 cows on the farm, everyone had the chance to milk at least 2 cows. We also bottle fed two calves, which were incredibly adorable!
After eating breakfast at Midas, we came back to the same farm. This time, we learned how to palpate the cow. It was many of our first times, but several people were AI certified. Once entering the rectum of the cow, you have to feel along the pelvic bone until there is a drop. Next you would feel around to the right to find the cervix. Even though it sounded easy and I understood each step, physically doing it was very difficult. In the first cow, I couldn’t find the cervix. However ince the second cow was pregnant, it was exciting to feel the calf inside.