Post by buxombeefcowdairy on Dec 8, 2010 18:51:46 GMT -5
Do any of you test the cow or the milk for anything.
I tested my cow for BLV and BVD-PI when I bought her, as these are major issues in terms of herd health for our Angus cows. The entire Jersey herd she came from was tested (negative) for Johne's disease, this method is MUCH more accurate than testing one cow one time. My cow was vaccinated for Brucellosis, so I didn't test her for that. That's it for the cow. As for the milk, I had some testing done when the milk was spoiling very soon after milking, despite very careful and clean practices. I cleaned the udder as I would for milking, swabbed alcohol on the end of the teat to collect a sample, and came up with...nothing that the lab could identify. Some consulting (and taking the calf away from the cow) helped me figure out that when MY cow's calf eats grain, it gets a bacteria in the saliva, which along with the cow's higher than usual levels of lipase enzymes, breaks down and stinkifies the cream, though it won't make anyone sick. If I need milk to keep while she has a calf, I heat the milk to 145 deg and then it keeps for weeks.
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Post by simplynaturalfarm on Dec 8, 2010 19:43:28 GMT -5
Hmm, it is interesting that they mentioned your raw milk and Q fever . . . kind of like if you have a child sick for any reason that you take to the emergency and they ask if she has had childhood vaccinations, when you say no the first thing they will say is that she has polio or this or that. . . *G* You do not get Q fever from simply drinking raw milk as you get it from inspiration. And according to Q Fever Maurin and RAoult, it is now even a point of controversy. My biggest complaint about the studies out there is that they have nothing to do with raw milk, but say, "exposure to animals AND raw milk products was 2% or 35% etc". They do not separate the raw milk from exposure to animals - dairy cows are unfortunately often contaminated with it, BUT I have not been successful finding the raw milk studies associated with Q fever. The people doing the studies do not feel there is any truth to the raw milk being good for you, so why not lump everything together and write broad recommendations. At the most you would get from them is that pasturized and homogenized milk is an innocuous substance unlike raw milk which is RUssian Roulette, and therefore the safest thing would always be to recommend pasturization. Don't get me wrong - I don't drink other people's raw milk unless I know they are as anal as I am about animal health. I had a neighbor give me a gallon of milk that after 2 days went thick,fizzy and exploded the lid off and was extremely contaminated with CLostridium. And my BIL has scooped manure out of his bucket and then drunk the milk which I am not comfortable with - raw milk can only fight so much contamination *G*.
I have (had) asthma to the point of having to use my inhaler twice a day. I've not used it once since getting our cow August of last year and haven't had the slightest tightness. I'm crediting the raw milk.
Four of my boys have had Asthma issues all their lives. Since we began drinking raw milk three years ago, three have had no Asthma spells. The youngest has had a few and he is not a big milk drinker. I am a believer in the power of raw milk.
Post by Nonesuch Melissa on Dec 9, 2010 14:11:49 GMT -5
Do any of you test the cow or the milk for anythi
We tested the cows: for BLV/BVD/Johnes/Brucellosis/TB- all negative.
Our milk inspector tested the milk for: Plate count, Coliforms, SCC- great results.
I recently had two cows with diarrhea and tested for intestinal parasites and liver flukes and did cultures on the manure- all negative. Poos dried up the day after I spent all the money (ain't that just the way ).
I am really not as anal as I sound but my immune compromised mother drinks our milk and I feel I have to be sure and certain that it is as wholesome as it can be and of course we have herd health to consider so new cows get tested and quarantined until we get results... If it were just me I wouldn't test for anything from a healthy cow.
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Hi, Simplynaturalfarm, the following quote is taken from the Australian Q Fever Register:
"Infection could occur via skin abrasions and splashes of infected material into the eye. The consumption of unpasteurized milk from infected cows and goats has accounted for small numbers of Q fever cases yet, in some instances, drinking infected raw milk has had an immunising effect in the absence of a clinical disease. Human to human infection is very uncommon as is infection from tick bites.
Inhalation of the organism, as a result of direct or indirect exposure to contaminated aerosols, is the most common mechanism of human infection. "
In my opinion, my Dr was just exercising due dilligence, and actually expressed no opinion one way or the other about raw milk.
Bye for now, H
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