Being a dairy farmer is no easy job. It is a lot of hard work, dedication and patience. There are roughly 520 registered dairy farms in BC with an average of farm 120 milking cows per farm. That’s a lot of milking, feeding, cleaning, harvesting, growing and shipping.
Dairy farmers work hard to ensure we get a high quality and delicious glass of milk or slice of cheese onto our family tables. The average dairy farmer starts their day at 5:00 am and sometimes work until 9:00 pm depending on their milking times. Most farms milk their cows twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Between milking times there are lots of chores such as feeding cows, cleaning stalls, bottle feeding calves and ensuring the milking equipment is cleaned and sanitized and ready for the next milking. Most farms grow and harvest their own feed, such as hay and grains which means plenty of field work.
Dairy farming involves a broad range of skills from good business and financial skills to working with machinery and growing and harvesting crops. So the next time you sit down to enjoy a glass of milk, a cup of yogurt or have some cheese with your crackers, take a moment to appreciate the farmer who made it all possible.
For further information about a day in the life of a dairy farmer please click here to visit our brochure.
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