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CloversMum

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Posted - Jan 14 2016 :  10:15:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can tell a slight difference between Clover's and Flossie's milk. I don't mind it, but prefer Clover's. Not much, but there is a difference. So we are mixing our girls' milk together which is also the way that our state milk inspector wants to test it as well.

I am wondering if it has to do with Flossie being on a different diet than Clover. Now they are on the same diet, how long will it take to see a change, if there is going to be any, in Flossie's milk?


Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens

maryjane

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Posted - Jan 14 2016 :  11:53:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Do you know much about her genetic background?

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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CloversMum

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Posted - Jan 14 2016 :  12:00:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nope, other than we were told she was 100% Jersey ... but we all know how that can not be the complete truth. :-) She is giving us a solid 2 gallons a day and her disposition is fantastic. Not once has she tried to kick. I think Ethan wants genetic testing with the Heritage Jersey soon.

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txbikergirl

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Posted - Jan 14 2016 :  12:37:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
charlene, i would be interested with the genetic testing. its just fascinating to see the reality, as is anything truly 100% anymore?

at the raw milk dairy we went to the owner said she could taste test and tell differences between their cows, and we are talking about cows that are all several years old, in same cycle period, on same feed, lived on same land for years, etc. so guess it is genetics, or even if you put them all on the same land some may be pickier eaters than others, etc.

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CloversMum

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Posted - Jan 14 2016 :  9:13:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
With my goats, we always mix all the milk since we aren't getting the vast amounts that a single cow gives so I never thought about it. So it is interesting to be able to taste a slight difference between Flossie and Clover. Now I am excited to taste the difference between Jersey and Guernsey milk when Betsy calves. Such simple delights out on a farm!

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maryjane

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Posted - Jan 15 2016 :  06:25:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've never noticed a difference. But then I mix if I'm milking more than one cow.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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CloversMum

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Posted - Jan 15 2016 :  10:54:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
All the cow milk is mixed now and it tastes great. We will see when it comes to Betsy. Ron recommended keeping the milk separated between breeds for selling purposes. For our own family, I will just mix it unless Ethan doesn't want it mixed.

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