Sister Sword of Desirable Mindfulness (fiberaddict) wrote,
Sister Sword of Desirable Mindfulness
fiberaddict

Wednesday Woes...

2 posts today - this one's the blather one. :sigh:

Goats: Rosa's milk ran thru the filter last night and this AM just fine. :bangs head: Figures - I have all the info for LSU! Speaking of:

If you need to send in a milk sample for a mastitis test, here's how it goes (since I couldn't find any specifics online, I'll save you the search!).

Get some specimin tubes - PBS Animal Health (I think that's their name), carries them. I went to the vet downstairs and asked - they gave me 4 free (I did offer to pay!). At the next milking, clean and strip as normal, and start milking. About mid-way thru the udder, squirt a stream into the tube (we filled it up) and cap it, then do the same for the other side. It's hot here right now, so I was told to FREEZE the samples - I don't see why you couldn't do that in Winter, too. (You can call and double-check - the number is 318/927-9654)

Get a solid styrofoam mailing box and several freezer packs, pack the samples up, and send them OVERNIGHT. There's 2 addresses - for UPS and FedEx, use:

LSU Ag Center
Hill Farm Research Station, Mastitis Lab
3380 Hwy 79
Homer, LA 71040

For USPS EXPRESS MAIL, use:

11959 Hwy 9
Homer, LA 71040

Now, I don't have a styrofoam mailer, so I used the insulated bag I got from Jeffers. 1 Ice pack (also from Jeffers - I save everything!) and 2 of my brine-filled bottles.(The bottles added to the weight, but I want to make sure the samples stay good)

The testing is Free - what'll kill you is the postage. For my samples, it was 4.5 pounds....$26.40 in postage. (I enclosed a return label and postage, because I want my bag back - Parcel Post was only $8.60. Don't need to return it Express Mail!)

Do NOT send in after Wednesday - the lab is closed Sat and Sun, and if someone screws up and it takes 2 days..well....:grin:

Include contact info so that they can get you the results.

Kids: Not taking today very well. :sigh:

Me: Hangin' in there.
Tags: blather, goats
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments