My friend Marcel took me to a dairy farm to milk cows for an afternoon. It was a very nice experience. I was a tat afraid between those big cows. Not because of the cows themselves, but I figured if I fall down I would be trampled to death haha. Nothing happened. Obviously. Cows are very gentle and curious creatures, and they are very huggable! Marcel surprised me with his knowledge. Not only do dairy farmer have to milk cows, the know the cows. Farmers have to identify sick or injured cows and practice the right treatment, inseminate the cows, feed the cows, help give birth and so much more! I tried to jot down what I would have to photograph to complete the series about dairy farms, but I stopped writing when the list grew longer than my A4-paper could handle.
The photo series about the dairy farm isn’t anywhere near complete. I think I will have to go at it another year. Or maybe two. And that’s fine. I hope the photos show you a bit more about the life of a dairy farmer!
Awesome cow facts (list provided by Marcel):
- the heartbeat of cows can best be felt underneath their chin
- cows have four stomachs
- to produce one liter of milk, 400 liters of blood of to flow through their udder
- the oldest cow according to the guiness book of record was the Irish cow Bertha, she turned 48
Interested in other Farmers and Growers Loes Heerink follows for this project? Check out the project page! Loes is currently in contact with loads more farmers and growers to also include in the project. It takes some time because Loes visits all the participants multiple times throughout the year. But a patient mind, can get pretty far!