I visited a farm of 12,000 milking cows last weekend thanks to David who worked there. It was super cool and I loved it. The whole farm didn’t look fancy, but every bit of it was well designed. Most of the food for the cows was grown and processed on the farm land. The defecation of the cows was collected and returned to fertilize the land. The food is a mixture of various ingredients and nutrients optimal for the cows to milk. The baby cows were sold to other specialized farms to grow and the adult cows were bought back for milking. A huge facility to run, a complex project to manage and a balanced system to maintain. It is a peek of American agriculture. Super cool. I was excited to take a glance.
One of the barns holding 1000ish cows each
Cows eating inside the barn
Cows waiting to get on the milking stage
Cows on the milking stage with milk collected by the vacuum pumps
Half of the baby cows born for one day
Grinded corns for the food of the cows. The corns were grown on the farm. Normally the stored food is good enough feed the cows for two years.
Dried alfalfa for the food of the cows. The dried alfalfa doesn’t look fancy but smells really good. And they were also grown on the farm.
Dried grass for the food of the cows. Also grown on the farm.
Farm land to grow the food for the cows with an irrigation machine showing
A defecation collection truck pouring the defecation into reservoirl All the defecation will be returned to the farm land as fertilizer