Post by missnpaul2005 on Sept 30, 2010 8:22:18 GMT -5
I purchased a Jersey cow yesterday. The man I purchased her from was using her to put young babies on her. She had a baby nursing on her yesterday afternoon and we milked her last night. She was easy to hand milk. All my grandkids took a turn milking. We brought the milk in and I have a small pasturizing system and we pasturized the milk. The milk tastes salty. Can any of you tell me why? Thanks
As I said in the chat box, salty milk is one of the first signs of mastitis. With just one calf on your cow, it could be that he didn't nurse all four quarters evenly, or was rough and caused some bruising in the udder.
With salty milk, usually if you milk her completely out three or four times a day for several days, that will clear it up. You can also rub something on her udder to stimulate blood flow, which will also help. Some options are to make a paste of lard or coconut oil and cayenne pepper, Tiger Balm (an ointment for sore muscles), Uddermint or Dynamint (ointments for dairy cows with high concentrations of peppermint essential oil).
Watch her udder closely to see if any hard or hot or tender spots appear. Watch your filter when you strain the milk to see if there are any clumps or strings of whitish cheesy or mucousy material.
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Post by missnpaul2005 on Sept 30, 2010 8:56:57 GMT -5
I strained the milk and saw none of the things you mentioned. Yesterday when we washed her nipples with a soft warm paper towel before we even tried to get milk her teats in the back started leaking what appeared to be SKIM milk. But like I said she did not appear to be sore at all.
She just could be stressed from the move and kids around. I'd milk her out several times a day for the next couple of days and see if the milk tastes better. I taste the milk from each teat and know immediately which ones are "off" tasting. I milk the good tasting ones into my milk bucket, and the off tasting ones into a container for the dog/cats/whatever. This way I still have my good milk, too.
Oh, and she might not be used to kids, so try to make milking time as peaceful as possible for her for the next few days until she gets settled in to her new place and new routine. Janene
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Regarding the teats leaking, it means she was most likely letting down for you, which is a GOOD thing, and she must have been very full. The first milk out is always "skim" milk. The cream comes at the end of the milking (the "hind milk"). After it's all mixed up in the pail, it will be "whole milk."
Do what Janene and Wyomama suggested and milk her several times a day for a while. Sounds like maybe she's getting overfull, which could also be contributing the mild mastitis (salty milk). The longer milk sits in the udder, the more salty it will taste. That's how I understand it, anyway, so if that's wrong, somebody please correct me.
I feel too it is just the move. Cows are sensitive and a whole new routine will cause little things like salty milk. Follow the above advice and she will be fine. Wow what a nice girl to start leaking milk for you the first time you milk her!!!!
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