Post by berriesncream on Nov 16, 2010 22:24:08 GMT -5
So at the risk of sounding stupid . . .
I had posted on here a while back about being pregnant and your opinions about drinking Tiny's milk (shockingly, you were all in favor of it! ). Anyway, many of you suggested having her milk "tested" to assure me that she was healthy and the milk was safe. My (maybe dumb) question is: do cows carry bacteria (like listeria, e coli) in their systems (that would transfer to the milk) or are those things mostly an issue because of unsanitary conditions or milk handling? I mean, if she's a "carrier" of something, I'd like to know, but otherwise, I don't know how helpful testing her milk for these things would be.
(By the way, I did drink her milk the first few weeks I was pregnant, but then we dried her off in preparation for calving. She's due Thanksgiving day.)
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Hi Amanda! You can test her milk, after she calves for several things one is high somatic cell count, and if there was a very high count she could have mastitis (or injury, etc); and if she had mastitis it could involve a bacteria, and it could only be resigned to one quarter. Or you can culture her milk for bacteria strains. Or you can test her milk for pregnancy (preg-o-vet).
If she were carrying TB, Johne's, BLV, BVD, etc---things that could potentially transfer to your family, those things can be tested by blood (Johne's can be tested by blood, manure, milk). And of course TB is a skin test not really a blood test.
The E coli is primarily a contaminant, and cows fed high grain concentrations are more likely to shed it in their manure than others.
I hope this helps!
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Post by kellyhensing on Nov 17, 2010 21:17:21 GMT -5
Since we have had A.B., I have had her milk tested twice. First time was shortly after getting her-just to make sure I was doing "it" right. She is due to be dried off in 2 weeks and I just sent milk samples yesterday. I just want to make sure that nothing is silently lurking before I dry her off. If I was pregnant (and I'm not), I would drink raw milk, and I would continue to test occasionally.
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No, it's not. I tested my cow just to get an idea of where we were with both her milk and my sanitation program. I found that her SCC was WAY high and was able to start working on getting it down. My lab said they test for e coli first. The other 'bacteria' contamination are usually NOT present if ecoli isn't. So they test for ecoli first. If that comes up positive, then they test for salmonella, etc. DOesn't mean you can't test for the others - those tests are more expensive so why do them unless you have a marker (ecoli) that would give you a reason to.
I plan on having my milk tested every 3-4 months. Just for my information.
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