milk·​er | \ ˈmil-kər How to pronounce milker (audio) \

Definition of milker

1 : one that milks an animal
2 : one that yields milk

Examples of milker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The machines can detect which cow is entering and attach and detach the milkers from the teets without human hands. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "These days, milk’s getting made with oats, hemp and peas. What’s a dairy farmer to do?," 3 July 2019 Big data and cows Robotic milkers can harvest milk without human involvement. Smithsonian, "This Connecticut Farm Is Milking Cows for Data," 11 July 2018 One reason for the increase: Farmers who are trying to get bigger and more efficient can tap government funds for up to half the price of a robot milker. The milking robot is the size of a small truck. Peter Landers, WSJ, "In Japan, Doing More With Less Means Getting a Robot to Milk Your Cows," 6 May 2018 Instead, the early milkers of the fertile crescent transformed it into sour yogurt, butter and cheese; the hot climate caused milk to quickly spoil. Daniel Fernandez, Smithsonian, "The Surprisingly Intolerant History of Milk," 11 May 2018 Fully robotic milkers first took hold in Europe in the 1990s. Peter Landers, WSJ, "In Japan, Doing More With Less Means Getting a Robot to Milk Your Cows," 6 May 2018 Beyond the Ida collars, other tech start-ups make cow pedometers, robot milkers, tail sensors and electroshock collars that can stop or shift a herd. Drew Harwell,, "'Cow Fitbits' and artificial intelligence are coming to the dairy farm, but some farmers aren't impressed," 5 Apr. 2018 To him, the state Department of Agriculture is almost as important as his 140 milkers. Peter Marteka,, "State Farmers Rally In Support Of Agriculture," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of milker

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Milker.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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