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Cows at Home and Afield

COWS AT HOME
AND AFIELD
Before the Civil War, before milk delivery men, before supermarkets, people who needed milk and cream could keep their own milking cow, borrow one, or barter with a neighbor. Nowadays, when we get milk, we’re more likely to see a supermarket aisle than a cow.
When did you last see a cow?
When did you last touch one?
COWS FOR MILK
Traditionally, dairying was women’s work. In New England, dairy cows produced milk for several months after giving birth, usually in the spring.
“Do You Know the Cows that Give You Milk?”
Poster published by H. P. Hood and Sons, 1950s
Courtesy of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities Since the1900s, black-and-white Holsteins have been popular with dairy farmers because they give greater volume and less creamy milk for the many people who want low-fat products.

 

Cows at Home and Afield