Jersey Milk Cow

Discussion in 'Dairy' started by JustinRobinsREO, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. JustinRobinsREO

    JustinRobinsREO Well-Known Member

    Jan 2, 2013
    We just purchased our first milk cow. We've always had lamancha goats that we milked.

    I'm having issues with her kicking everyonce in a while and she gets little specs of dirt in the milk.

    Do you throw all that milk away if she kicks dirt or dirt falls off her into the milk?

    I'm not talking alot just several small specs.

    I never had this issue with the goats.
  2. mdstrong14

    mdstrong14 Active Member

    Nov 23, 2015
    Gary, Texas
    Strain it thru two cloth diapers or a coffee filter. Should keep all the dirt out.
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  3. spinningdog

    spinningdog Member

    Feb 10, 2014
    Put a cloth/filter over the pail you are using to milk into, that way the dirt never gets a chance to get in the milk.
  4. Faith Farm

    Faith Farm Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2004
    Her occasional kicking could be from a sore teat, she may have flies or a sticker which irritates her, be sure inflators are a correct size. Just a few ideas.
  5. Maxpowers

    Maxpowers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2012
    outside of Ann Arbor
    When we milked by hand we milked into a 6 qt pail

    Then every couple of minutes we dumped into a bigger 2.5 gallon pail with a filter and funnel on top. This way if there was an incident we weren't potentially ruining the entire batch. The 2.5 gallon pail had a tight fitting lid which was nice for carrying it back to the house.

    Personally, we would just dump any pails that she kicked up stuff into. The filter may keep the chunks out but it's not going to keep the bacteria out.

    This is the big pail

    This is what the strainer looks like

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  6. BridgetMI

    BridgetMI Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2017
    Closest spot to Heaven earthside.
    I started hand milking a first freshener a couple of weeks ago. She, up until then, was a wild child. She still isn't halter broke. The first week I milked into a pint or quart jar (depending on your hand strength). It took a while, but no flecks in the milk. I would get up and dump the milk into a larger pail/jar as it filled. Be careful to not let the quantity of milk you end up with influence your decision of when you've milked her out. It will vary, and you need to determine if she's milked out by her body signs, not by the amount of milk she gives :)

    I then moved up to draping a cheesecloth (you'll want slack in the cloth) over a pail, and securing it with a rubber band. It works really well to keep the milk super clean. However, I would have a second container on hand in case she gets something really dirty onto the cloth, as you would not want to have your milk flowing over the dirt into the pail.

    Happy milking!
  7. Ober's

    Ober's Member

    Jan 13, 2018
    Cartersville, Georgia
    Place feet Hobbles on her back feet only that way she can't lift her leg off the ground when milking ive used hobbles many of time when breaking milk cows to hand milk keeps you from getting the tare kick out of you lol