Handy Hint: April 25, 2011
Pipeline notes status of cow
Flowerbrook Farm in Hamburg, Minn., has created a way to mark cows in their tie stall barn that need extra attention or should not be milked. After cutting a portion of a PVC pipe in half, it is painted and given a label. The markers can be placed directly on the stainless steel milk line to note whether a cow is dry, treated, needs oxytocin, or needs to be bred. The markers are useful when the regular milkers can't be there to monitor which cows are being milked into the bulk tank.