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The ranch that never sleeps — dairies are a 24-hour operation

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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...


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