Christine Broom on Milk
I would think although if you were a good hand milker, you could milk a cow reasonably quickly but yeah, it was labour saving really. And obviously more hygienic because the milk went straight into a closed container instead of into a bucket when sometimes the cow may pick her leg up and kick the bucket, or a bit of straw or something would fall in the milk.
And then we would carry the milk from the machines out into the Dairy and put it into a big … a ‘D’ shaped pan and it would trickle down a cooling system and then at the bottom you’d hold each glass bottle and each bottle would be filled one at a time and then you would cap them with the cardboard caps they used to have round ones with the little centre that you would push your thumb in to extract the top when you were using it in a home.
So, yes it was a more modern way of doing it, but of course things moved on at lot after that.