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Visitors are welcome at fair's milking station



Published: Fri, August 2, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Fifty cows gave about 1,400 pounds of milk during a milking earlier this week.

By NANCY TULLIS

VINDICATOR SALEM BUREAU

LISBON -- Holstein. Jersey. Ayrshire. Brown Swiss.

The dairy cows move through the milking station at the Columbiana County Fair. Some seem oblivious, others annoyed by the process as fair visitors look on.

There are hundreds of dairy cattle at the fair, with about 50 cows that must be milked twice daily.

Missy Cooper, 17 of Hanoverton, is the Columbiana County Dairy princess. She and her family keep track of the milk produced by the cows throughout the week.

She said cows are milked at 4:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day, or at other times depending on when they are scheduled to be in the show ring.

Most of the fair participants showing dairy cattle have cows at home that also must be milked two or three times daily.

Twins Luke and Levi Bardo, 17, and their brother Josh, 19, are showing Holstein and Brown Swiss at the fair.

Levi said they milk about 30 cows on their farm on Georgetown Road near Salem. With uncles and cousins, however, there are plenty of hands available to care for the cows at home and at the fair.

Jackie Bagley, 13, of Damascus, was taking the two cows she brought to the fair through the milking station. She's a member of the Just Right 4-H Club in the Winona area and keeps the cows at her grandfather's and uncle's farms.

Abundance of milk

Jeff Karlen, 14, of Goshen Township in Mahoning County, said his cow gave 40 pounds of milk when he took her through the milking station after being in the show ring.

He said judges like cows to have a full udder during a show. They look for the cow to have a straight back and square hips, he said.

Cows made their way through the milking stations slowly after the dairy shows, and Jeff said he had about a 30-minute wait before milking his cow.

Missy Cooper's sister, Stephanie, 18, records the amount of milk each cow gives. During one morning milking this week, the cows combined gave 1,400 pounds of milk.

She said the cows produce a little less milk when they first arrive at the fair, but after they settle into their new surroundings, production increases.

She said a cow's milk production is usually higher in the morning because cows give less milk in hot weather.

Fair visitors can watch the milk flow from the cows through the milkers and into large bottles. After milking is finished on each cow, the bottle is emptied, and the milk travels through glass pipes to the holding tank in the milk parlor.

Stephanie said the milk man collects the milk every other day from the fair. Cow owners are paid for the milk at the end of the week.

tullis@vindy.com




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