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My in-laws live about ten miles outside Cooperstown, New York. Driving back from town on a recent visit, we were stalled in the middle of the highway by a rancher on an ATV herding about 20 dairy across the road. I took a shot and convinced him to let me come back the next morning (at 5:00 AM) to document a day in their life. Here's the routine he's been doing every single day for over thirty years: up with the sun, priming the gals by hand, herding them out to pasture while his mom sweeps out the barn and spreads out the lime, back to the barn to feed the cats with fresh milk, then taking a break while the regional distributor pumps the milk from the holding tank. Later in the afternoon he herds them all back to the barn , and starts all over again the next day. He hasn't missed a day since he was a teenager.Read More