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Old 01-03-2009, 09:06 PM   #1
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Found this in one of my old old old goat books.

"To test milk for bacteria, take 1/2 glass of warm water, add a few drops of detergent or a little soap powder, mix, then take 1/2 glass of fresh milk, mix together and if the mixture becomes thick and slimy there is infection. The same reaction will occur if there is still colostrum in the milk".

I've never tried it personally, so I dont know how good it is.


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Old 01-03-2009, 11:50 PM   #2
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Several years ago I had a doe that I thought had mastitis. My FIL was here visiting, he was a BIG dairy cow farmer and I showed him some of the milk. He did that exact same test and told me no she did not have mastitis. I thought he was on drugs, when he mixed that stuff together. I did not think he really knew what he was doing so I took her to the vet and he said she did NOT have it either.

WOW I should of listened to my FIL, I could of saved some money.


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Old 01-04-2009, 12:18 AM   #3
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wow great to hear that it actually works, Lori!

I think this recipe is great for people who might have meat or fibre animals, not dairy animals, and so dont have the mastitis test stuff lying around, and who might need to test the odd animal here and there.

I am going to try it out on maddie's precocious udder, she has been a little off lately and I think its just the heat but I want to make sure all that 'milk' sitting there isnt causing an infection
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wow that is really interesting....
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I too found this to be interesting. I saved this "recipe" and would like to try it in the future. Although I do hope I never need to. But thanks for sharing this bit of info.
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Thanks for the helpful tip!
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This as everyone has pointed out DOES work.... what I want to point out is the scientific aspect of it....
I looked up the product for a california mastitis test kit... I don't have one because I just got started with goats and dairy et al.
Well lo and behold the primary active ingredient in california mastitis test kits is:
Ingredients: 1. ) Alkyl Benzene Sulfonate 2. ) Ph Indicating Dye.
Well i gotta be honest, I had to look up what Alkyl Benzene Sulfonate is - I guess right in that it's an alkaline sulfure but what I found also surprised me:
Linear alkylbenzene is a family of organic compounds with the formula C6H5CnH2n+1. Typically, n lies between 10 and 16, although generally supplied as a tighter cut, such as C12-C15, C12-C13 and C10-C13, for detergent use. - Wikipedia

Interesting... It's a detergent, of the same purpose and formulation as you can find for dish detergent, then the kits just use a ph dye to flag if there is bacteria present or not...

So essentially.. it's the exact same thing as adding dish detergent (note the close relation to soap as soap is made from lye a highly alkyline concentration) ....

Amazing no need for science or fancy kits can do it all the old fashioned way .... so hope y'all enjoyed the science lesson - save money use detergent, haha
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Thanks, jhanger! That is very interesting...and by the way, that's the method I use too. Pat Coleby mentions it in her book, so of course I had to try it!
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Just wanted to add this little tidbit. In order for this test to work you need to make sure your soap/soap powder is NOT of the antibacterial type. Go to the dollar store and find a cheap bottle of non antibacterial hand/dish/laundry detergent. That bottle will last a very long time.
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