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Weekend was busy - and snowy! The woodstove kept the house warm - the bedrooms not so much, but the living areas were livable - AND the central heat did NOT come on until about an hour or 2 *after* the fire went completely out.

Calvin Update: I have a week-old photo, but I left it at home. :sigh: I took it before he was dis-budded...sad, horrible thing, but it needed doing. (You disbud them to make sure they stay hornless. Horns are bad in dairy goats, and dangerous in ALL domesticated ones. They get stuck in fences, and can kill them, they ruin udders.....better to remove them. The kid only feels pain a couple of seconds....it stinks, though.) His li'l head is now ugly - but it'll look better once the hair grows back.

We're getting a little over a pound per goat per milking. Our breeder says that's FANTASTIC for first fresheners - so I'm happy.

Not much else to report.....it's cold up here today. Our office has no heat, and I'm frozen.
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Date:March 23rd, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
today I measured milk just for you. the one girl gave a quart and the other made about 25 ounces. If you get the milk cold quickly it can easily last a week in the fridge. And the funny thing about raw milk is that even if it is old it doesn't smell rancid. I have pulled out milk ten days old and it still smells fresh. I get my milk cold by putting the sealed jars in a bucket of ice water.
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Date:March 23rd, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
:giggle: Thank you!

For rapid cooling, I am using brine solution in plastic bags, surrounding the transport bucket. The outside of the bucket had frost on it this AM, and steam rose when I poured the first 2 pounds into it!

:huh: Our breeder told us the smell appeared after about 4 days. Now, she doesn't do the rapid cooling...wonder if that has anything to do with it?
Date:March 23rd, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
Two things you do affect how long your milk is good for.
How fast you get it cold.
And how clean it is.
If the girl ate wild onions it doesn't matter how fast you chill it or how clean you keep it, the milk will be weird.
Also if she is sick and the somatic cell count is high, it won't be good.
Just fill a small jar with milk -(you don't want the jar mostly full of air - because that will make the milk lose freshness more quickly)and leave it in the fridge for a few days and compare it with fresh milk from that morning. See if you can tell the difference. Raw milk doesn't spoil, it sours, and plenty of people drink sour milk.
We usually drink milk that is less than three days old for the simple fact that we get it fresh every day - so why drink the old stuff when a bunch of new stuff is on its way?
I feed older stuff to the chickens so it still isn't wasted - and we don't throw it out Because it is old, we throw it out because there is no more room for new milk in the fridge!!
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