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James Harbeson and cows in milking parlor

Description: Dairyman and Holstein cattle breeder James Harbeson of Franklin Township pictured in his recently built milk parlor with some of his cattle. Harbeson built the new milk house and milking parlor in order to qualify for graded milk production, which requires sufficent sanitary conditions. The more modern facility was tightly sealed to promote easier cleaning and to make the building warmer and more comfortable for its bovine occupants. Windows and doors provided ventilation and sunlight. Design of the parlor provided stanchions to accommodate eight cows at a time, who were released into a loafing barn after milking was completed. The milk house provided areas for storing and cleaning dairy utensils as well as an electric cooler in which to store the fresh milk. Harbeson is quoted as saying “Our cows are letting down with their milk much quicker and easier since we started using the milking parlor.” His investment paid off as his milk income increased 19 percent over ungraded milk production.
Origin: 1947-12
Created By: Wallace, Albert (1909-2002)
Collection: Farms, Crops, and Animals
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Subjects: dairy farms
dairy cattle
milking parlors
dairy farmers
dairy products industry

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