I know, it sounds like a trick question...I'm sure the answer is "salty milk tastes like salty milk" but for anyone who has detected signs of mastitis by tasting the milk, is it really salty or just barely or what? I drink a cup after every milking and I think I trick myself into tasting a salty taste since I'm thinking about it so hard. Is the taste very noticable? There are no other signs of mastitis as far as I know. Thanks!
The salty taste is very noticeable - it's not something you have to strain to detect.
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It will taste BAD, not just salty. Does that help? -Jenn
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I got some really small paper cups, I think they were 3 oz (bathroom size) and keep them at the milking stanchion. I wash then strip 3 or 4 squirts of milk from each teat. Then squirt a bit of milk in the cup, 1 teat - taste it. then another teat- then taste it. Or bring a reusable cup with you. Usually you can tell if one is salty or not. at first I was thinking it was just me (too much coffee, gee did I brush my teeth this morning? .... , usually I can tell if something is off with a quarter. I learned this from reading the heifer dairy that Joann writes. She said she could taste if a quarter was off. I decided to be brave one day and tried it. Really I thought warm milk right from the udder was just bad. Oooooh it is sweet and tasty. A rare treat for some but a daily treat for me!!!! hmmm, now to get chocolate in it....... REally rewarming already cooled milk is NOT the same (which is why I never liked warmed milk - now fresh from the udder warm milk is sooo different.)
This is what I was hoping to hear I'm glad to hear that I'll really know it if it's mastitis salty. I do drink a cup after every milking, but maybe I will try sampling from each quarter so I could ID a problem more exactly if there is one.
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