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MC    Posted 05-03-2002 at 14:44:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
A lot has been said about pasteurizing raw milk. I know why and how,,,,but come now, many of us were raised without pasteurizing. Is there some germ floating in the air that wasn't around 20 or 30 years ago? Please help....What am I not getting?
My grandfather was very clean and always had a clean spot of cement when milking "Old Jersey". Grandma would strain the milk using cheese cloth, pour it gallon or two quart bottles, put it in the fridge...and from there, supply their married children and families with fresh milk. How I long for those days!!!!!
In fact, we are thinking about buying a family cow....

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Redneck    Posted 05-04-2002 at 04:11:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think it has to do with all the crap that's been added to the air and water,people feeding cows with chemicals and putting dang commercial chicken poop on their pastures.We always had fresh milk and eat what we raised.The worst thing was bitterweed or garlic in the milk.When the old farm died down and we started buying from stores,we started getting sick.Today you can be in the middle of nowhere and man's nasty hand will still reach out and touch you,through the air or water.

screaminghollow    Posted 05-03-2002 at 18:41:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are a host of diseases which can be found, but rarely, in raw milk. All it takes is losing a little one to "milk fever" to regret not pasturizing. Probably only a one in twenty thousand chance, but if its your loved one, thats what matters.

MC    Posted 05-04-2002 at 12:58:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
You're right....a one in ten million chance of a little one getting milk fever isn't good enough for me. However, I suppose this is why my mother never fed raw milk to babies. Mother's milk or store bought (pasteurized) for babies only. All twelve of us were raised on raw milk from 1 year on. As my own children and my brothers' and sisters' children are dealing with allergies etc., we often wonder if our kids would have been better off with grandpa's "Old Jersey"!!!!

screaminghollow    Posted 05-04-2002 at 17:05:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
We all take risks every day. We could own a safer vehicle, drive a bit slower. everytime we go through an intersection there is a chance the cross traffic won't stop, or worse, you will be distracted and not see that stop sign, etc. I've had raw milk and loved it. I would not give it to my daughter though. We do milk our goats but the milk is used for other animals or cooked into things, bake a cake etc.

LH    Posted 05-03-2002 at 18:27:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Les is right with the tuberculosis and bangs in cattle being the big reason pasteurization came about. But like Y'all I prefer nice sweet cream milk fresh from the cow. On a side note if you can't get a cow get a good dairy goat and put her on a sweet alfalfa diet. The milk is great and never needs pasteurizing.

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DeadCarp - raw milk    Posted 05-03-2002 at 17:46:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Naw, my farmer-cousin raised his whole family on raw milk and they aren't hurt. We get some from him when we go there. Good as any, probly fresher than most.

DeadCarp - raw milk    Posted 05-03-2002 at 17:46:58       [Reply]  [No Email]

Les...fortunate    Posted 05-03-2002 at 15:24:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm with you. I'm almost 55 and my mother says that when I was a kid, the doctor almost had a fit that all of us kids were drinking raw milk. As far as I can tell, it never hurt any of us a bit.
I think the doctor may have been concerned mostly about tuberculosis but of course the cattle were tested regularly as were we. Polio was a big deal in those days, too, though I don't think it would have had anything to do with raw milk.

Les...fortunate    Posted 05-03-2002 at 15:24:14       [Reply]  [No Email]

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