Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Sample of Perspective

My report is all about perspective.  Ummm, let me back up a bit first, which isn't exactly easy for a 1200 lb four-legged bovine, but I can do it.  I was on barn watch this morning when I saw a car stop.  A man exited the car and put little plastic booties over his shoes so he wouldn't contaminate the farm.  That was when I realized it had to be the inspector coming to look at The Farmer's dairy barn.  I peered around the corner for a closer look and saw that he was only getting a milk sample today.  A milk sample can very very important.

Please don't refer to the cow as my boss, Agent 101

Getting back to perspective and the beautiful photo I provided.  The green bottle on the right is just like the one the inspector used to sample the milk with.  So you could see how big the sample was I included the cow.  For those of you who might think the cow is real, I included the quarter on the left.  If you can't figure out how big a quarter is then obviously you couldn't pass the test to be a secret agent like me.

Anyways, that sample of milk will be checked for antibiotics, bacteria, and for the somatic cell count, which is an indicator of milk quality.  One cow's milk could ruin the entire sample and get The Farmer in a lot of trouble.  You have to understand that the sample was taken out of a great big giant milk tank and one cow, just one cow, could pollute the milk and The Farmer would have to throw it away or even be fined.  They can find out a lot about the milk with a very small sample.  Well, The Farmer has done a pretty good job of keeping his milk in good quality so I don't expect this sample to be bad.  As far as the milk from the cows that are agents: top notch.  My boss, Agent 101, has us do random milk screenings all the time.  Trust me, you don't want to disappoint her.  We call her Beastly Bovine, I mean Best Boss all the time.

Agent 428, reporting from the Udder Side.


  1. How long does it take for the farmer to get the results back?

  2. Hmmm...I recall overhearing the inspector say around two weeks. -Agent 428