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Old 07-31-2010, 03:27 PM   #1
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Help! My milk is getting goaty flavored. It was wonderful two weeks ago when I chilled it in an ice bath. I clean the udders, sanitize them, squirt the first squirts into a cup to check for any changes (there haven't been any), put the milk in a clean kettle, filter them milk through a coffee filter and chill it in an ice bath right away. I haven't change the feed that I know of. I just think it tastes funny. I wonder if it is the hay. Anyone have any advice. My 2 1/2 year old can only drink goats milk and he notice the change also. He doesn't want to drink it when it tastes funny. It almost makes you feel like you have bad breath after you drink it. We have been drinking it raw. After I thaw it it I think it spoils faster than it should. This is the first spring I have milked. I have to find out how to test for mastitis. One of the does is no longer feeding her babies. She chases them away and they are 12 weeks. I noticed after one jumped up on the milk stand and tried to drink that she had a scratch from the baby on her udder. I think they are very rough.



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Old 07-31-2010, 03:49 PM   #2
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I don't have an answer for you, but I'm curious about what others say.



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Old 07-31-2010, 03:49 PM   #3
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Wendy,

this is not milk that is two weeks old, correct? It just tasted fine two weeks ago and now the new milk has a goaty flavor??

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Old 07-31-2010, 04:07 PM   #4
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Yes it is fresh milk. It has been happening for about two weeks but getting worse

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One jar I took out of the freezer and put it in the refrigerator. I drank a glass after a few hours and it tasted alright. After a few more hours it was already tasting spoiled in a cold refrigerator with ice crystals still in it. It was frozen right after the ice bath. My freezer is working and the refrigerator temperature is good.

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Test for mastits?

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So, you are using it from the frozen state, not the fresh, chilled milk, correct? One thing we learned is that if you are going to freeze milk, it *must* be frozen IMMEDIATELY after filtering (like you are doing), and in small enough containers that it freezes quickly.

I don't like frozen/defrosted milk at all, but that's me.

Did you change hay?

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Old 07-31-2010, 06:33 PM   #8
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If your hay is from a different field that the hay you have been feeding you can taste it in the milk sometimes... for instance if there is a shrug or weed in the bale, it could take awhile to flush the flavor out of the doe... but usually I can distinguish 'they got into the pine trees' or w/e, if she's just giving 'goaty' milk I'd check sanitation, is your barn clean? Are they lacking minerals which may lead to them nibbling things they usually wouldn't, even boredom can change their milk because they're like children and will get into all sorts of mischeif if they can... I would introduce them to as much grassy pasture as I could, that always freshens my milk...

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Definitely check for mastitis. What is your milking routine?

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