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KatG    Posted 10-21-2004 at 14:41:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Remember awhile back I posted about our milk cows funny tasting milk...Well it got alright after acouple of weeks...several mentioned she might have eaten onion grass...Well she has and we got it everywhere..What do I do??? IS there away to get rid of it??...I thought about going around putting hot sauce on it but this cow would probably like the taste to go along with her onion...MAtt had been telling me her breath smelled terrible and she has had gas from the pits of hell...What's the answer to this one my friends????? Thanks...Got more chores to do but will be back to find the answers...KAtG

Archie    Posted 10-21-2004 at 17:42:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
KatG. The land prices around here is around three thousand to thirty five hundred a acre for five acres. You can buy a hundred and sixty acre farm for fifteen hundred or so. a acre. A lot of the value depends on the buildings on it. The land here is mostly rocky. There is some good land in the creek and river bottoms. If you will put the lime and fertlizer to it it will raise lots of grass though. Have a good evening. and good luck getting rid of the onions Almost supper time. Archie Ps i am north of Springfield about thirty miles.

Archie    Posted 10-21-2004 at 16:56:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
It might grow in the winter time there. You have a lot more warmer weather than we do. I go through Fort Smith some i have a uncle that lives in Hatfield about nine miles on past Mena.Whatever you use to get rid of it keep your cow away from it don't want her to get sick from whatever trying to get rid of the onions.Archie

KatG    Posted 10-21-2004 at 17:19:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
MAtt just came in and said he thought he might get some type of torch and roam these 3 arces and scorch it good when he sees it...This man is a working told him I would help if he got me a torch too...but think he is afraid to turn me aloose with fire..He just came from the barn and Said "Elli" the milk cow...smelled like she had been at the onion and garlic again...We are going to try locking her up like Donna said until we can get the torch or in touch with county ext. agent...Yeap I know right where Mena is...we got though it when MAtt goes to see family in Louisiana...and go through Hatfield also...I live 6 miles outside of Booneville which is 35 miles east of Fort Smith...How are the land prices up there??? Land has gotten outrageous here...KAtG

Archie    Posted 10-21-2004 at 16:28:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi KatG
Go to the extension office in the county you live in. They can give you all the information about what will kill it. I bet you will have to spray a lot of area to get it all. I have no idea where you live but here where i live in Missouri we only have it in the spring. Good luck on getting rid of it. Archie

KatG    Posted 10-21-2004 at 16:41:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Right next state to you...Arkansas...near Fort Smith...It was so dry here it didnt grow...then the much needed rain bought it out...Does it grow in the winter you think??? Thanks...KAtG

Steve from TN    Posted 10-21-2004 at 16:22:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kat, take a bite of onion and you will not taste or smell the onion in the milk. It works. That's what we did as children years ago. Cows will eat wild garlic if it is avialable. You just about can not get rid of the stuff. Try a taste.

Alias    Posted 10-21-2004 at 16:14:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kat it get to be a little more expensive but my mother, who was the most particular woman alive, penned her cow up and fed her hay to keep the taste and smell of onion from the milk.....gfp

Donna from Mo    Posted 10-21-2004 at 15:06:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kat, I used to have the same problem, years ago. The only way I found to deal with it was to put the cow in a lot where she couldn't graze for two to four hours before I milked.

Another thing that will make the milk taste funny is alfalfa hay, if they are eating it close to milking time... it isn't as bad a taste as the wild onions or garlic though.

KatG    Posted 10-21-2004 at 15:20:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Donna thanks so much for the quick reply...I tell you it seems like if it isn't one thing it is another...She gets bermuda hay...can't get alfalfa here in this area...Wonder if there is anyway to get rid of this onion grass???Just poured up the milk and it smells strong...wonder if I leave the lid of the jar if it would help the smell not to be so strong???...KAt

Donna    Posted 10-21-2004 at 16:06:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Leaving the lid off the jar does help a tiny bit, not much. But I don't know of anything that would kill the wild onions without killing all your grass. I finally just learned that if we were going to use milk from a certain milking for ourselves, we'd have to put the cow on dry lot a few hours before milking. If we were feeding it to pigs, chickens or calves, onions didn't bother them a bit.

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