THE MILKING SCHOOL
Clell V Bagley, D.V.M.
USU Extension Veterinarian

    Harvesting of the milk "crop" is one of the most important tasks on a dairy. Doing it right will help to achieve optimum production and the highest quality product. A new computer program is currently available on the internet to help teach you most of what you need to know to become a good milker. The program was produced at Utah State University and is located at the following website:

                http://extension.usu.edu/coop/ag/mschool/

    Note: You can also access it through the USU Dairy Extension Web site at:
         http://extension.usu.edu/coop/ag/dairy

    This computer program contains eight sections and covers all aspects of milking dairy cows. It is designed primarily for teaching people how to milk and that is the specific focus of the section titled "Procedures." The other sections help explain many of the "whys" of the milking technique, equipment used, mastitis, etc. Hopefully even experienced dairy producers could learn a few helpful ideas from viewing this site.

    If you do not have a computer or access to the internet/world-wide-web, you can still use the program by making arrangements to visit your County Extension office. The program is as simple to use as reading an illustrated book, except that you turn the pages with a "mouse click" instead of with your fingers.

    For those who are brave enough to try it out or to have their employees use it, please let me know what you think of it. Send me an email at: clellb@ext.usu.edu ©