|General Manager of MMPA Joe Diglio pretends this is a candid picture with Ken Nobis|
We also saw their udder gun. (It doesn’t sound like what it is.) It cleans the cow teats before milking with two air motor driven brushes that turn. It’s like an electric toothbrush for cow teats, but it also has the cleaning fluid in it. It stimulates and cleans. Here’s Kerry showing it off:
Then we went on a tour of our Michigan Milk Producers Association plant in Ovid. Talk about moving parts! I visited a few years ago, but it’s bigger and better than even then. One of the new machines we have is a butter churn. I wasn’t allowed to take pictures in there for fear I’d steal my own co-op’s secrets and use them against myself (I get it, just kidding) but here's one from when I went last time. This room was still the most amazing to me.
|This is one of many amazing rooms|
The sanitary restrictions are in place, too. At one point we had to climb over a stainless steel wall, cupboard level high, to enter a room where we had to wash our hands and then use sanitizer. There was no good way to climb over this. My pregnant friend was more graceful than I was. She sat, swung her legs around, and stood up on the other side. I thought maybe I could just step over it, but it was so wide that I reeeeeeeealy had to stretch. Just another level of cleanliness – no sneaking in there!
|Maternity wear, by my friend Chriss|
|A farmer in front of his barns, a farmer in front of his milk plant|
|It was really hard to tell us apart. Not kdding|
I was impressed with all of it – the room full of milk powder, ready to be shipped, the technical machinery, the efficiency.
We went back and played a trivia game, via phones, with the rest of the young co-op members. It was a blast – lots of laughs – and our team was doing super well, until our team member’s phone died. As a result, we didn't get to play for the next two questions.
Looks like there’s always room for improvement, machines.
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