A milker’s task includes harvesting the milk from the cows in a professional and efficient manner, produce a high-quality dairy product, and to promote animal well-being. A milker must understand and adhere to the proper protocols for milking as set by Vanderhyde Dairy, Inc.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Prepare milking equipment and bulk tank for milking.
  2. Bring in cows for milking or help other employees­ bring in cows if needed or requested­.
  3. The proper use of gloves when milking to help prevent the spread of mastitis-causing organisms.
  4. Follow recommended pre-milking preparation of cattle before milking.
  5. Milk all cows in an orderly, proper and consistent manner.
  6. Keep the milk from treated cows separated from the untreated herd. Understand the need for separation and the procedures used to keep to keep milk from treated cows out of the bulk tank.
  7. Note cows that may have mastitis or other problems. Inform the manager for possible treatment. (No treatment will be done without permission of the supervisor.)
  8. Clean the milking parlor, holding area and bulk tank room.
  9. Operate all milking equipment as recommended by factory specifications and those protocols set forth by Vanderhyde Dairy, Inc.
  10. After milking, be sure all machinery and sanitation procedures are followed according to manufacturer’s specification and Grade A Standards of the Public Milk Ordinance.

Additional milking related activities:

  1. Help to get cattle in the barn, if necessary.
  2. Maintain treatment records and identify treated cows with appropriate markers, such as leg bands, etc.
  3. Assist in ordering supplies by making a list and bringing to the supervisor’s attention any items in short supply.
  4. If unable to be present at scheduled working hours, the manager must be given sufficient notice­ to arrange for a substitute milker.
  5. Clip udders, freeze brand and perform other procedures that promote accurate identification and animal well-being.
  6. In case of an emergency, an employee may be called to work on a vacation or regularly scheduled day off.

Additional employee responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Care of springers and cows at calving
  • Feeding and care of calves
  • Feeding, cleaning and care of milking herd
  • Maintenance of free-stalls
  • Heat detection, A.I.
  • Record keeping
  • Cleaning and maintenance of office building
  • Maintenance of grounds, pasture, fences
  • Maintenance of vacuum pumps

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