Nowadays many children assume that milk originates from a carton or bottle and that cows resemble the cartoon versions on television.
Visits to dairy farms would previously have shown kids otherwise.
However health and safety regulations involving compulsary risk assessments have provided major disincentives, and made it increasingly difficult for farmers to become involved in such educational programmes.
And farmers cannot be blamed for nervously checking their insurance cover , prior to any farm visits.
As an educational tool , the Life Size Model Milking Cow is the perfect solution – not only do kids get a realistic idea of the scale and shape of the animal, but the rubber teats closely resemble the real thing !
Ideal for farm parks, ice cream parlours, caravan parks, zoos, farm attractions and city farms , the Milking Cow has proven to be a massive hit at these types of venue. Staff can fill her up, then relax in the knowledge that no-one will get kicked, stood on, or made a mess of. And at the same time, children can marvel at the scale and highly efficient operation of an animal which has been around a very long time.
To milk the cow, rubber teats must be used properly to produce a steady flow. A 50 litre tank inside the animal stores the “milk”.
We have found the assistance of an expert with experience in milking the “live versions” invaluable for kids to learn.And there never seems to be a shortage of volunteers…
PLEASE NOTE : As extremely minimal feeding and watering is required, The Milking Cow being energy efficient; is guaranteed not to kick, bite or make a mess, thereby minimising any insurance problems, avoiding methane gas pollution and eliminating her carbon footprint !!
Her milking “parts” while being extremely durable , are also easily replaceable.
Müller (formerly Robert Wiseman Dairies) have retained Bella the Milking Cow on their stand @ The Royal Highland Show since 2003 as an educational and marketing tool for their expansive business.
She has proved to be an overwhelming success. So much so, that one year, another famous model Nell McAndrew , assisting Bella on the stand, was heard to remark that she did not realise she would have such competition.
Bella can be seen in operation every June on her Stand at The Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston, Edinburgh.
“Our Milking Cow goes down an absolute storm in terms of an attraction – the kids are fascinated and the farming community are equally impressed”.
“In terms of practicality the only problem really is the high volume of kids we have using her – it really tests the durability of her equipment !”
Joanne Rae : Marketing Manager, Robert Wiseman Dairies
The huge success of Bella the Milker prompted The Royal Highland Education Trust to approach Wiseman Dairies, for assistance in purchasing her younger sister “Mabel”.
She entertains visitors on the RHET stand @ The Royal Highland Show as well as being an integral part of their educational programme .
The parents who bring along their children invariably end up milking the animal themselves…
“Mabel” has gone on to provide a major attraction for RHET ; so much so that another 6 branches of Royal Highland Education Trust have purchased similar model milking cows.
During the season, Mabel the Milking Cow and her sisters go on tour at a wide variety of events all over the country. They appear at other agricultural shows,International Sheepdog Trials, the Country Fair at Glamis Castle on the FWAG stand, and at the Festival Theatre in Pitlochry where the WRI National Conference included an element called “Fund a Farm”.
All of our life-size animal models are made of high quality polyester resin & fibre-glass. And the excellent life-size cattle models are one of our most popular ranges. As dairy farmers with lifelong experience of working with real dairy (and beef) cattle, we felt qualified to design these life size replica cows; especially as we still have readymade real models running around the fields on the family farm.
Based on the ideal milking cow, their resemblance is the closest to any real bovine in the world.
Please take time to compare our cow models to others on the internet; and you will see quite clearly that they are far superior in terms of size, detail and confirmation.
Check out the measurements …..
…….others are only a fraction of the size and scale of real dairy cows.
Our life-size standing model cow comes in two positions; either head-up or grazing with her head down. Through experience with plastic cows over the years; and unlike other inferior cattle models; a feature which we now specify as standard is metal spars moulded between the front and back legs. This provides far greater strength, as well as added security, since holes are bored through the spars in order to peg or bolt down the model onto any surface.
There is also a lying-down cow model, and a lying down cow bench, which have metal lugs attached underneath to be used to secure the models onto the ground.
In addition there`s a calf model which is great on its own; or ideal as a companion to other cattle models to make a family cow group. This is another animal model which we are frequently having to modify for various clients.
We supply the cow models as standard Friesian or Holstein cattle or simply plain white – so that you can paint your own. However should you wish another breed of cattle or even totally different design, branding or modification; our artist will be only too happy to work to your brief. Various examples can be found in the Gallery.
Length of lead times obviously depend on what is required; however we are well used to working to deadlines; so please just ask.
Likewise the bull models are available to order in black, black and white and brown and white.
Our models can be found not only across the UK; but widespread over all the continents. And the uses of the models is so varied. This is perfectly illustrated in the gallery where individual clients mix with zoos, science museums, marketing companies, dairy businesses, cheese companies, charities and children`s farm attractions.
These 3D model cows will not only enhance your stand at a trade-show or exhibition; but will have huge impact for any farm-shop, coffee shop, animal-feed store looking for a unique method to advertise.
The high quality of the detail in the modelling, would fit into any woodland, countryside or farm yard setting, themed area or in shops, businesses, pubs, restaurants, adventure golf courses, theme parks or even in your own garden.
We recommend that all the animal models which are going to be used outdoors be coated with a transparent gloss of UV resistant varnish, but we would advise where possible placing the models inside during winter months.