learning about old cows
May 2, 2007 1:28 PM Subscribe
I need to know about old-timey cows!!!
posted by esereth to grab bag (29 answers total) 43 users marked this as a favorite
Who can I ask? My grandfather ran a dairy farm from the 1920's to 1940's. I want to write a story about it, based on his love letters to my grandma. I only have a smattering of details. Leaving me with the questions:
How many cows could a single farmer with no hired hands handle in 1926? Would he have a milking machine back then? If so, would it have cost him all he had to buy it?
What is the routine of a dairy farmer? Feed, milk, muck out? In what order?
And if you don't know any of this (imagine that....) who could I ask? Who in the world knows this kind of stuff now?