Okay, I've been in this since August, and I'm loving it. I'm also knee deep in milk since Corabelle's calf got sold last week. I'm finding I still have a few questions 1st of all, please describe the stripping of the teat procedure for when I'm done milking. I milk and milk even until there are little squirts coming out, then I kind of pinch the top of the teat closed while I kind of squish out any drops of milk from the actual teat. Also some of her quarters seem to hold more milk thatn others. To look at her, she doesn't look lopsided, but there is definitely one quarter that is a gusher and one that gives a quantity of milk, but no where near the volume of the gusher. I check regularly for mastitis (the Californis test), and she's never showing signs of it. Thirdly, bag balm. It's cold here. I use a teat dip solution, spray fight bac, let air dry and go back out about a half an hour later to put bag balm on the teats. She is not happy when I do that. I'm sure she'd be more amiable about the bag balm while I'm still fussing with her at milk time. To do that I would have to towel dry the teat (I use bounty paper towels when I'm cleaning her for the extra cleanliness factor)... is it okay to towel dry or should I only let the teat air dry before I put on the balm? Lastly, I have a question about testing milk. How or where do I get my milk tested for things like somatic cell counts, listeria, and e coli? Are the somatic cell counts the same for a period of time and increase only when there is a problem? I have one cow that I cleanse meticulously, filter her milk, chill it immediately, etc., but wanted to know where the milk stood. Thanks for always being there educating me and making my hobby successful.