Trivia – 8 June – Dairy Farm Edition

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      HassleCat
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      OK, farm kids. If you milked cows in the 1960s you know what this is. You took the milker off the cow and emptied it into this thing. The milk then disappered as if being flushed in a toilet. What is it called?

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      Pam2
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      What’s the question? Name the thing?

       

    • #428424
      HassleCat
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      It saves you having to walk the entire length of the barn with a full milker, so it’s a (something) saver.

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      Pam2
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        HassleCat
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        I have been on a road trip for three weeks. I was going to do some trivia questions from various places, but connections to the interwebs were not as reliable as advertised. Lesson learned. I will be gone in July & August, so I will let you know when I’ll be shirking my trivia responsibilities.

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      NV Wino
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        HassleCat
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        In the days before modern refrigeration, farmers could not keep whole milk, so they separated the cream and kept the cream cold as best they could until it could be picked up. They used a separator to concentrate the butterfat and produce milk that was close to being cream. They poured that into the old fashioned milk cans and stored it in a spring house, a cooler with block ice, or an electric refrigerator if they were lucky. Some farmers churned the cream and made butter, which they sold to the creamery.

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      @surrealamerican You must have seen a cow or two being milked, or just followed the clue. The step saver was a big advance for dairy farmers. It could be positioned at various places in the barn. It used the vacuum power that ran the milkers to pull the milk into a line that ran to the bulk tank. This was a big deal because the old way of doing it was to remove the full milker from the cow, haul it into the bulk storage room, hoist it up about chest high, and empty it into the bulk tank. Then it was back to the barn to do the next cow. The step saver shortened the trip dramtically and saved a lot of lifting. Two people could operate four milkers with less effort than the formerly used to run two milkers. The step saver was replaced by the pipeline system, which took the milk directly from the cow into a pipe that ran to the bulk tank, eliminating the bucket and speeding up the process even more. A dairy family could milk 100 to 120 cowa, depending on how many kids took part.

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        The only “step savers” I remember from the ‘60s were those plastic taps we used to hammer onto the bottoms of our shoes to make them last longer.

        It’s pretty clever the way this device used the same vacuum lines as the milker, if I understand you correctly.

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