Bob Plummer is a co-owner of Moomers Homemade Ice Cream and Farm Creamery in Traverse City.
With 18 cows milked twice a day, everyday, by Bob himself, Moomers produces over 2,700 pounds of milk each week.
â??The farmers donâ??t go on vacation very often,â?? said Plummer. â??I mean to me itâ??s a treat when I get to go out for supper at night.â??
Aside from the demanding daily duties there is another reason why Plummer seldom leaves the farm. When he goes on vacation milk production at Moomers goes down between 15% and 20%.
â??I went away in February last year and we lost, everyday, production went down between 30 and 40 pounds a day,â?? said Plummer.
It would be moving to think that the cows actually miss him when he is away; however, Plummer says they are simply creatures of habit.
Everyday the cows head to the barn to be milked at 6:30 a.m. and then again at 5 p.m. after Plummerâ??s nap.
Milk production is a smooth process when Bob is in the barn but it is a different story when someone fills in for him.
â??If you got somebody youâ??re with all the time and somebody else comes in and gets in your territory, you donâ??t like it so they like to have whatâ??s going on the same way everyday,â?? said Plummer.
If Plummer and his cows have anything in common itâ??s the commitment they have to each other.
â??The only time Iâ??ve been out of my barn in the last 21 years is a couple years ago I had a heart attack and I was out for 10 days," said Plummer. "I had one kick me in the knee a couple years ago and I was out for six days on that, other than that Iâ??ve been in the barn everyday, twice a day for 21 years.â??
But like any relationship sometimes Plummer and the cows have their differences.
â??I got one right now sheâ??ll come in the barn, eat a little bit and run off, she wonâ??t let me chain her up so I go outside and chase her,â?? said Plummer.
Even though his job isnâ??t always easy Plummer wouldnâ??t have it any other way.
â??I just like being a farmer I like the whole idea of getting outside and this time of year is great, youâ??re planting and things are growing and the cows are producing more milk and theyâ??re happy and theyâ??re content,â?? said Plummer. â??I mean theyâ??re out there lying down right now chewing their cud and having a good time and everybodyâ??s happy.â??
For more information about Moomers visit their website here.
See how one cow got one over on Megan when she signed off at the end of the story here.