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From the Cow to the Carton: How Milk Gets to You



From the Cow to the Carton: How Milk Gets to You

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.89

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     challenging words:    carton, container, handler, ice-cold, lastly, pumped, fridge, cows, holding, morning, tests, this, cereal, milk, yummy, reach


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From the Cow to the Carton: How Milk Gets to You
By Erin Horner
  

1     This morning I had milk on my cereal. At school, I had chocolate milk with my lunch. After dinner, I had a yummy treat: two warm cookies. I washed them down with an ice-cold glass of milk. I love milk! I know that cows make milk. But how does milk get from the cow to my carton?
 
2     Twice each day dairy cows are hooked up to machines that pump their milk. First, the warm milk is pumped into a holding tank. This tank cools it down. Then, a handler comes to pick up the milk. First, the handler takes a sample of the milk. He tests the sample to make sure that it is safe. If the milk is safe, he pumps it out of the holding tank and into a milk truck. Then, milk is taken to a processing plant. There the milk is pasteurized. When milk is pasteurized, it is heated up. It is kept warm for a period of time. Then it is cooled down again. This process helps to kill any bacteria that may be in the milk. It helps to make the milk .....
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