Well, I had just come to the end of a box of milk filters so bought some from Jeffers. I am so far from a farm store I have to buy everything online.
These were a different brand. Instead of my tried and true Schwartz Filter Clean, these were KenAG. But I was ordering from Jeffers for my sheep so figured one filter would be the same as another. WELL, they are not. Jeffers doesn't mention it, or show a correct picture of the box so you can figure it out yourself, but these filters (also, I note, sold by Hoeggers) are "in line" filters -- meant for a dairy pipeline. They are thicker, stiffer, and do not work as well. Fine sediment still gets through -- possibly because the filter is so stiff, almost as though it were heavily starched, that milk is seeping behind it in the strainer.
I bought three boxes and am sending them back to Jeffers. I don't have time for this.
Last Edit: Nov 8, 2009 14:42:47 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
Milkmaid to Katika, Canadienne x Jersey born 5/12/2002 Moxie, Jersey rescue heifer, born 8/2009 Rocky, Katika's steer calf, born 4/27/2010 Duke Wayne, foster Jersey bull calf born 10/10/10 Phoenix (Fee), Katika's heifer calf, born 7/3/2011 Birch, 25-year-old Azteca gelding 11 Clun Forest and cross ewes dogs and cat
I use 6 1/2 " KenAg filters. Although stiff when dry they soften up. They fit the 2 part ss strainer that I have. They don't let anything through. I suppose your strainer must be diffrent. I hope you can find the kind you prefer.
I purchased the ss strainer from Hoegger, can't think of the exact name of the strainer though. It fits in a wide mouth mason. I know it's smaller (it's for goats) but it's so much easier for me to wash. So when I got it I also bought a box of the filters, too. I've noticed since I'm drying her off and the milk is extra creamy it doesn't go through very well, esp. at the end of the two gallons. So tonight I tried a filter that was for a bigger strainer, thinking maybe it might flow better being made for cow's milk. Didn't make much difference. I will say that nothing gets through these filters. Does anyone else notice this when the milk is really creamy? Any other brand that one recommends? I too order online, because it seems like in East. KS there aren't many local places that carry dairy stuff. Down in So. or West. Ks there are more options locally. Shawn
Home to Fern & Ivy (Jersey), Paprika (Milking Shorthorn/Angus), Ellie (Milking Shorthorn), Jack & Eugene (steers); Candy (horse); Louie (Doberman) Gypsy (LGD mix); 4 cats & a variety of chickens. RIP to these special ones: Belle & Emma (Jersey) Brody (Doberman) Lady (Holstein) Poco (QH) Skittles (pony)
Selden, we apparently use the same filter that you do as it fits the mason jar and came from Hoeggers. We buy their filters. I have some left over bigger ones from a huge cow strainer that we have and they do no twork so well. I love the little strainer.
What I have found is that if there is mastitis you will see something stringy or mucousy on the filter, and it will filter slower than usual. But the Hoegger's filter for the little strainer will vary some within the same box. I find that some are thicker than others and some have more of their "green food safe" adhesive. These run slower.
We have never had a doubt when mastitis was happening.
We also have found that nothing gets by these filters. We buy 2 boxes at a time so as to save on shipping.
This book is intended as an inspirational manual for keeping a family milk cow. A lifetime of practical experience has been bound into one volume. Practical advice for the everyday and procedures for cow emergencies. Plus, answers to FAQ's like, 'Should you get a cow?' and 'How Much Space do I need?'