Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links from which I will earn a commission. It’s the FINAL COUNTDOWN! Dada-da-da! Dada-DA-da-da! Dada-da-da, da-da-da-da-da. (FYI,that took me a full 5 min to figure out.) Get ready ya’ll. Because today we’re gonna have a competition of epic proportions. That’s right, folks. After thousands of years of milk-drinkin,’ we here at Weed ’em & Reap are going to FINALLY make the decision everybody’s been waiting for.
First, read here to see why we drink raw milk. Now, let’s start with some of the pros and cons of each of the contenders’ milk. COW PROS: One of the benefits of cow’s milk is that the cream separates from the liquid. Hence, you get cream. Hence, you get butter. Hence, you get heaven on earth. So yeah, two big thumbs up for that Mrs. Cow. Cow’s milk also is a better milk to “feed the masses.
” While I don’t support commercial farms (CAFOs) AT ALL, even small organic, grass fed, raw dairy farms who have only 50 cows can put out a whopping 300 gallons a day. So, another thumbs up to those amazing cows that produce so much milk a day. Also, cow’s milk knocks goat’s milk out of the park in levels of B12 and folate.CONS: Because the fat globules are bigger (the main reason why the cream separates), cow’s milk is harder to digest.
It takes your body about two hours to digest cow’s milk, even if it’s raw. Not too bad, but a far cry from goat milk’s 30 minutes. The 3rd most common allergy for children is cow’s milk, and there are theories for this ranging from leaky gut side effects to a mutation in the beta casein protein in “newer breed” cows like the common Holstein. But no matter what it is, allergies are definitely something to worry about.
GOAT PROS: Goat’s milk is closest in structure to human milk. The fat globules are smaller, which aids in digestion. In a recent study of infants allergic to cow’s milk found that 93% of them were able to drink goat’s milk with absolutely no allergic reaction! The ease of digestibility is also due to the high amount of medium-chain fatty acids (has 35% compared to cow’s 17%). Goat’s milk also contains less lactose (milk sugars) than cow’s milk, which is great because it helps those who suffer from lactose intolerance.
Goat’s milk is slightly alkaline, unlike cow’s milk which is slightly acidic.CONS: Some people dislike the taste of goat’s milk, and we agree that certain breeds of goats can have musky tasting milk. We own Nigerian Dwarfs, which produce a mild taste that’s almost identical to cow’s milk. The only drawback is that they are small animals. Small animals = less milk. Because we get about 1-2 quarts a day from one goat, we need about 2-3 goats to feed our family of four.
Not too bad, but you’d definitely need a lot of Nigerian Dwarfs to “feed the masses.” Read my Guide to Raising and Milking Goats here. SHEEP PROS: While there’s some debate on the actual amounts of fat soluble vitamins in sheep’s milk, they still produce the CREAMIEST milk out of these three. Sheep are famous for the deliciously succulent cheeses their milk makes. They are efficient producers, only needing 100% grass (no alfalfa or grain—just cheap grass!) to produce rich milk.
Like goats, they also naturally homogenized milk. That means smaller fat globules and more medium-chain fatty acids. This aids in digestion, just like goat’s milk.CONS: Sheep are naturally prey animals, which means they have difficulty “relaxing” while being milked. Trying to milk a sheep is difficult, because if you scare them even slightly, their bodies will produce adrenaline. This counteracts the “letting down hormone” oxytocin and the subsequent production of milk.
Boo. Next, let’s go over the nutritional facts. Now let’s do some official taste-testing! Yes, all of it is fresh and raw. Deliciousness.The girl: COW – “Goodish” GOAT – “Good-ish and Bad-ish” SHEEP – “Awesome” The boy: COW – “Good” GOAT – “Sweet” SHEEP – “Awesome” The man: COW – “Good” GOAT – “Good” SHEEP – “Good” The woman: COW – “Tastes like a hoof” GOAT – “Sweet” SHEEP – “Perfect” So, which is best? I’ve thought long and hard over the subject of milk and I’ve come to an official decision for everybody.
Are you ready? I have no idea. Lolololzzz…. Honestly it just comes down to personal preference. You’re probably wondering that if sheep’s milk is so superior in nutrition, why it isn’t more popular? I’ll tell ya’ now: I’ve been milking my sheep, Paula for the last month and that animal is a pain in the rain. Sheep are not friendly. And by “not friendly,” I mean “has given me a bloody nose, knocked me flat on my back, and bruised my hands and shins.
” Personally, I prefer goat’s milk because goats are cheap, easy and fun. (Hey sounds like my best friend in high school!) Seriously though, I attribute the reversal of my son’s asthma to our lovely goat’s milk. The smaller fat globules makes it easier for him to digest. Personally, when I drink goat’s milk I feel like it goes down clear and smooth and light. With cow’s milk, I feel sort of phlegmy and it seems like I am always clearing my throat.
I LOVE BUTTER though, so I would still love to have a cow someday (literally) and the benefit of having copious amounts of milk to make tons of butter. Mmmm, butter. I do love sheep’s milk as well (although Paula’s a brat), and I’d love to get myself a dairy sheep that didn’t hate my guts so I could make some rich cheese. Right now we only have meat sheep, and while you technically can milk them, they aren’t efficient producers and they are basically Satan’s spawn.
I guess overall, there is a benefit to each kind of milk. You’ll just have to decide which works best for you. Above all, I gotta give a shout out for RAW MILK. It is awesome, and nourishing! If you are worried about drinking raw milk or need to search for raw milk in your area, go to Realmilk.com. After our showdown, which do you choose? Sources:http://www.dieteticai.ufba.br/temas/leitederivados/cabra%20e%20ovelha.
pdfhttp://www.milkfacts.info/Nutrition%20Facts/Nutrient%20Content.htm This post is a part of…Small Footprint FridaysSee Also: Cow Head Meat
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Here you will learn how to milk a cow by hand . Unless you have more than 15 cows, it is not worth the cost of buying expensive milking machines. Milking a cow by hand seems difficult at first, only because you haven't mastered the technique. Once you know what to do, and how to do it, then milking cows is something that you could probably do in your sleep. But until you get to that stage there are a couple of things you need to get right first.
Milking cows need to be milked at the same time every day, twice a day and they need to be milked correctly for them to be happy and generous with their milk. And cows will, as long as they are handled with care. Cows will have milk in their udders when they are calving, and so it is a natural process anyway when the teats are stimulated for the milk to start to flow from the udder to the teats. The most important aspect of leaning how to milk a cow is that everything should be clean ; your hands before you start hand milking, the teat that you are going to be pulling on, the bucket that you are going to be collecting the milk in, and the final receptacle you are going to use to store the milk in.
If you are not careful about hygiene at any stage, it will affect the quality of the milk, and worse still, your health. You can use a weak bleach solution to clean your buckets out after use, but remember to rinse well with hot water afterwards and to turn the buckets upside down when not in use to make sure that they are free of dust and insects when you use them next. Milking a Cow by Hand The next thing when you learn how to milk a cow is to wash both the cow, her teats and your hands before you begin.
You don't have to give her a full wash, but it is advisable to wash and brush the side of the cow where you will be sitting to prevent any debris falling into the bucket. And definitely your hands and udder should be cleaned before you begin hand milking cows. All of these can be cleaned using warm water. It is then important to dry each udder off and a disposable paper towel is best to prevent the spread of bacteria.
Your hands can also be dried off in the same manner using a new paper towel. No matter how gentle your milking cow is in the field, she has the ability to kick like a mule if she can. Therefore, it is best to treat Daisy with a healthy respect and to tie her back legs together with a strip of cloth or leather when you begin milking her. Of course, there is how to milk a cow the easy way, but tying her up, or how to milk a cow the difficult way and have her kick you and your full milk bucket just as you were about to call it a day.
It's your choice, but certainly wiser to restrain her right in the beginning. When learning how to milk a cow you should also learn about looking for any signs of mastitis in your cows. This is a painful illness that can occur when a cow has not been able to let down her milk regularly, or has been milked with dirty hands, had her teats wiped with a cloth that wasn't clean, or to the prevalence of flies.
You should also examine the teats to make sure that they are not chapped or cracked where bacteria can sit and breed. Hand milking a cow that has mastitis can be tested by looking at the foremilk.If you take a small sample from the teat and examine it against a dark container if the milk is flaky, has small clots, or is very watery then this means that your cow could have mastitis and the milk is not suitable for human consumption.
You should then call your vet in for a more professional opinion and a course of antibiotics will do the trick.So now finally, you will get to read more on how to milk a cow . Place a milking stool on the right side of the cow and place the bucket firmly between your knees so that the bucket is stable and cannot be accidentally knocked over by any movement of the cow. You should try and get under the cow as much as possible so that the distance between the teat and the bucket is minimized.
The technique of milking cows by hand all comes down to how you hold the teat. The teat should always be grasped by the whole hand with your thumb and forefinger around the top of the teat. By doing this you are preventing the milk from going back into the udder. Then, enclose the rest of the teat with your other fingers, one by one. This then presses the milk out. In order to get a good flow of milk going you then release the grip of your thumb and forefinger on the teat to allow the milk to flow down the teat again from the udder, and repeat the process of enclosing and squeezing the teat with the rest of your fingers as seen in the diagram.
How to milk a cow is not difficult as I said, but it does mean mastering this technique. When you start milking your cows start with the front teats first, and try milking them with the above technique with both hands on the two front teats. When they are nearly empty, then start on the back two teats. When they are nearly empty, you can then come back to the front teats and finish off your milking by seeing if you can a little bit of whatever is left in these front teats.
Once you have the technique mastered your hand milking will go much better once you have a rhythm going and using both hands. So, what are you going to do with all that milk once you have milked your cow? If you are thinking about making cheese, you will probably be needing some Cheese Making Recipes. Here is a video for you to watch on how to milk a cow by hand, and how to milk a cow with a machine.
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