A large-scale dairy is the New York City of the agriculture world — it never sleeps. At Costa View Farms dairy in western Madera County, there is something going on around the clock, 365 days a year — be it milking, feeding, or birthing.
“It’s overwhelming,” said Costa View co-owner Larry Pietrowski. “There is so much that goes on that we get done every day. The dairy never shuts down. Each owner and employee works six days a week, usually 10 hours a day, so it’s hard work. But it’s rewarding.”
Employees milk the dairy’s 6,000 Holstein cows twice a day, producing about 53,000 gallons of milk.
“It takes about nine hours to milk the cows once, so 18 hours a day we’re milking cows here,” Pietrowski said...