How to Milk a Cow

Modern milking parlors use machines, but milking a cow by hand is an ancient art. Here's the "udderly" perfect way to do it.

You will need

  • A dairy cow
  • A grain mixture or hay
  • A one-legged milking stool
  • A stainless steel milking pail
  • Milking gloves (optional)
  • Warm water (optional)
  • Soap or sanitizing solution (optional)
  • Milk pasteurizer (optional)

Step 1 Feed cow Feed the cow in the early morning with a grain mixture or hay.

Step 2 Set up stool Set your stool on the right side of the cow’s udder. A one-legged stool lets you swivel to be close to the udder.

Step 3 Sit on stool with pail between legs Sit on the stool and hold the pail firmly between your legs.

Step 4 Grasp teats Raise your thumb and grasp the front teat with your fingers together in a gentle grip, like holding a tennis racquet. Squeeze and release, alternating hands until the teats are empty.

Step 5 Milk back teats Switch to the back teats.

Step 6 Repeat in evening Repeat milking in the early evening. You’re not done until the cows come home.