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Raw milk for fertilizer

Postby Gunner » Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:12 pm

Read an article that raw milk sprayed on a pasture would increase the microbial activity. Does anybody know if it is legal to sell raw milk in Texas? And if so, does anyone know of a place I might buy 200-300 gallons in the Stephenville area to try this theory?
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Re: Raw milk for fertilizer

Postby TexasBred » Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:52 am

Yes it's legal and it does work well as fertilizer but it's usually about twice as high as processed milk so would be pretty expensive fertilizer.
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Re: Raw milk for fertilizer

Postby dun » Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:55 am

Contact one of the major bottlers and see what they do with contaminated milk they can't sell. Maybe they would be willing to just dump it at your place rather then pay someone to dispose of it.
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Re: Raw milk for fertilizer

Postby farmwriter » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:14 pm

I got some low-temp pasturized organic milk from a dairy that spoiled before we finished it. I was gonna give it to the chickens, but maybe I should use it on the veggies?
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Re: Raw milk for fertilizer

Postby TexasBred » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:56 pm

farmwriter wrote:I got some low-temp pasturized organic milk from a dairy that spoiled before we finished it. I was gonna give it to the chickens, but maybe I should use it on the veggies?


If you do be sure and throw some dirt over it or ever fly within 2 miles will be hanging around you place. :help:
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Re: Raw milk for fertilizer

Postby hillsdown » Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:11 pm

dun wrote:Contact one of the major bottlers and see what they do with contaminated milk they can't sell. Maybe they would be willing to just dump it at your place rather then pay someone to dispose of it.


Here if the milk plant gets a load of contaminated milk it gets dumped in the yard of the farm who contaminated it.

We dumped around 7000 liters of milk one day as the relief milker forgot to turn on the refrigeration after cleaning the tank.. :mad: Maybe we should have sprayed it on the barley field instead.. Maybe the flies all would have went there instead of around the dairy barn. ;-)
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Re: Raw milk for fertilizer

Postby novaman » Fri Jun 18, 2010 10:08 pm

hillsdown wrote:
dun wrote:Contact one of the major bottlers and see what they do with contaminated milk they can't sell. Maybe they would be willing to just dump it at your place rather then pay someone to dispose of it.


Here if the milk plant gets a load of contaminated milk it gets dumped in the yard of the farm who contaminated it.

We dumped around 7000 liters of milk one day as the relief milker forgot to turn on the refrigeration after cleaning the tank.. :mad: Maybe we should have sprayed it on the barley field instead.. Maybe the flies all would have went there instead of around the dairy barn. ;-)

If my numbers are right that is over 15,000 pounds of milk. Ouch!
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Re: Raw milk for fertilizer

Postby TexasBred » Sat Jun 19, 2010 7:32 pm

hillsdown wrote:
dun wrote:Contact one of the major bottlers and see what they do with contaminated milk they can't sell. Maybe they would be willing to just dump it at your place rather then pay someone to dispose of it.


Here if the milk plant gets a load of contaminated milk it gets dumped in the yard of the farm who contaminated it.

We dumped around 7000 liters of milk one day as the relief milker forgot to turn on the refrigeration after cleaning the tank.. :mad: Maybe we should have sprayed it on the barley field instead.. Maybe the flies all would have went there instead of around the dairy barn. ;-)

That's gotta be a sick feeling...never happened to me but had a friend have a buy a tanker load because of antibiotics....
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Re: Raw milk for fertilizer

Postby GMN » Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:19 am

hillsdown wrote:
dun wrote:Contact one of the major bottlers and see what they do with contaminated milk they can't sell. Maybe they would be willing to just dump it at your place rather then pay someone to dispose of it.


Here if the milk plant gets a load of contaminated milk it gets dumped in the yard of the farm who contaminated it.

We dumped around 7000 liters of milk one day as the relief milker forgot to turn on the refrigeration after cleaning the tank.. :mad: Maybe we should have sprayed it on the barley field instead.. Maybe the flies all would have went there instead of around the dairy barn. ;-)



I forgot to turn the tank on after the morning milking once, had to dump it that night, now I have in big bold black letter message on the wall above the sink-TURN ON THE TANK? Works I won't ever do that nimrod thing again.

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Re: Raw milk for fertilizer

Postby novaman » Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:34 am

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hillsdown wrote:
dun wrote:Contact one of the major bottlers and see what they do with contaminated milk they can't sell. Maybe they would be willing to just dump it at your place rather then pay someone to dispose of it.


Here if the milk plant gets a load of contaminated milk it gets dumped in the yard of the farm who contaminated it.

We dumped around 7000 liters of milk one day as the relief milker forgot to turn on the refrigeration after cleaning the tank.. :mad: Maybe we should have sprayed it on the barley field instead.. Maybe the flies all would have went there instead of around the dairy barn. ;-)



I forgot to turn the tank on after the morning milking once, had to dump it that night, now I have in big bold black letter message on the wall above the sink-TURN ON THE TANK? Works I won't ever do that nimrod thing again.

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Reminds me of the time I forgot to swing the pipeline over into the bulk tank. Pumped most of that milking down the drain before I realized I couldn't remember putting it over. It was one of those mornings where I felt like a zombie. Now I double, triple, and even quadruple check to make sure it is in the tank.
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Re: Raw milk for fertilizer

Postby TexasBred » Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:37 pm

lolol, we've all had our "brain dead" moments. Just the opposite Nova...was milking the cows that had medicine in them....suddenly remembered that I had NOT removed the pipe from the tank.....ran into the cooler room and literally tore it out....just as I did the milk pump came on and pumped the milk onto the floor...I ran antibiotic tests all morning while waiting on the field man to come by and pull a sample...luckily that must have been the first time the milk pump had come on with that group of cows. BUT....I made it a habit to look at the thermometer everytime I went by the milk tank...and to check the compressors everytime I went by them... just ano old habit.
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Postby GMN » Mon Jun 21, 2010 4:17 pm

TexasBred wrote:lolol, we've all had our "brain dead" moments. Just the opposite Nova...was milking the cows that had medicine in them....suddenly remembered that I had NOT removed the pipe from the tank.....ran into the cooler room and literally tore it out....just as I did the milk pump came on and pumped the milk onto the floor...I ran antibiotic tests all morning while waiting on the field man to come by and pull a sample...luckily that must have been the first time the milk pump had come on with that group of cows. BUT....I made it a habit to look at the thermometer everytime I went by the milk tank...and to check the compressors everytime I went by them... just ano old habit.



I know there are mornings when the milkman comes and I do the same procedure, yet after my first set goes out I run to the tank, can't remember if I shut the valve on the tank. There have been times when I worried about putting a dry cow, that had a leg band fall off in the tank. I have my own antibiotic test kit, so I have had to stay up real late a night or 2 running a tank sample, it always was alright, but it gives me that sick feeling when you think you made a mistake, and then when you find out you didn't its all good.Knock on wood I have never put a hot cow in the tank yet.

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Re: Raw milk for fertilizer

Postby francismilker » Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:31 am

Here's a link to an article I recently read. I'm gonna try it on a test plot well away from the house to keep the flies at bay!

http://www.greenpasture.org/community/?q=node/228
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Re: Raw milk for fertilizer

Postby Jacob » Mon May 06, 2013 7:49 pm

Did you ever do a test plot? I'm looking into this and what I am reading is 2 gallons per acre.
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Re: Raw milk for fertilizer

Postby TexasBred » Tue May 07, 2013 2:40 pm

GMN wrote:

I know there are mornings when the milkman comes and I do the same procedure, yet after my first set goes out I run to the tank, can't remember if I shut the valve on the tank. There have been times when I worried about putting a dry cow, that had a leg band fall off in the tank. I have my own antibiotic test kit, so I have had to stay up real late a night or 2 running a tank sample, it always was alright, but it gives me that sick feeling when you think you made a mistake, and then when you find out you didn't its all good.Knock on wood I have never put a hot cow in the tank yet.

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A poor soul can get down right intoxicated sitting around waiting on that sample to cook. :lol2:
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