The bacterial tests are for your own knowledge, so that you know if your cleaning, sanitation and chilling techniques are all working to help you produce the highest quality milk. I understand what you're saying about farms advertising by listing their low counts, but that's not what I'm talking about (I think that's silly - of course they can manipulate to achieve low numbers). But if you're running tests solely for your own knowledge to maintain milk quality, you would want to sample a random for-sale bottle. And if the number is high then you can take appropriate steps to correct the high bacterial load - maybe it's time for a new milk hose, maybe the fridge was running too warm, etc. Without testing how would you know?
Standard sampling procedures require a state inspector to pull from a random bottle of milk that is intended for sale. Not sure if Oregon requires that or not.
Can you focus on breeding your own replacement heifers? I'm a little confused as to why you're worried about needing a steady supply of purchased cows when you can legally only milk 3 at a time. Heifers raised on your own farm tend to do better than any brought-in cow. Plus you can breed hardier crosses like Normande-Jersey if you desire.
Belle - Normande x Jersey cow Willow - NZ Jersey heifer Pringle and Bandit - heifer calves
Don't get me wrong, I think running tests are good, but for one's on knowledge and records. As far as knowing whether or not I'm doing things right on my end, I have taken classes here in Oregon. When there were some kids that got sick from drinking raw milk from a dairy here back in 2012, there was a series of seminars here by a guy that was either from the Weston Price Foundation, or Farm to Consumers that was very knowledgeable about producing raw milk safely. But he was a real hard ass. The number of people that attended all 6 weekends went from 50 down to 4 at the end. I was one of the 4. I thought he had a lot of information to impart. So I'm still following all those lessons. He said some things that long time raw milk producers didn't like to hear. His name is Tim Whiteman and he has many videos online.
He did recommend, as you did, to raise the cows yourself. And that's what I'm currently doing. And 3 cows milking at once is more than enough for me. I prefer just having two, since it's just me running the whole farm and doing everything, as well as being a single parent taking care of 3 young children 50% of the time.. I do know that some raw milk producers would have more than 3 cows, because it's a law that is not enforced.
I would like to know more about the Normandy Jerseys. Sounds very interesting.
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
May 23, 2019 13:07:11 GMT -5
Trim: I'm baaaaacccckkkk!
Aug 31, 2019 17:57:22 GMT -5
alpacalexi: My mini jersey cow is pregnant, however the last couple days her udder has deflated. My vet saw her on the 23 and said delivery in a couple weeks Is there a reason for her deflating?
Oct 2, 2019 17:17:00 GMT -5
Trim: She probably aborted a while back. That happened to one of my animals. She was bagging up but within a short while of her "due date" she began to deflate. I had no idea what had happened. I was seriously bummed out.
Feb 8, 2020 20:46:23 GMT -5
mamacherri10: good afternoon! I have not been on the website in a long time. Have a new jersey milk cow and am looking to see how long she needs to be dried up prior to calving? She is due the third week of May.
Mar 10, 2020 14:33:11 GMT -5
steven888: Dry her up now, she needs 6 wks of rest.
Apr 1, 2020 2:05:11 GMT -5
highlandteen: five to six weeks is generally suggested
May 7, 2020 14:39:23 GMT -5
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Sept 15, 2020 14:31:42 GMT -5
guernseygirl: Can someone let me know if my pictures are showing up in the Auction Barn post? There should be 5 photos
Sept 20, 2020 20:58:54 GMT -5
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