For 28 years dairy farmer Billy Smith hasn’t missed his daily appointments. At 730 milkings every year — except in leap year when it’s 732 — that adds up to more than 20,000 milkings. On Jan. 12, Smith completed his 20,000th straight milking.
The routine is the same every day:
Twice a day at 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Smith wrangles the cows into the waiting area outside the milking barn.
He sterilizes each piece of equipment and slips a “sock” over the hose that delivers milk into the milk tank.