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I have a friend who is part of a raw milk co-op. I've been reading stuff lately that sounds like raw milk is the way to go. In NC you have to do a co-op or something b/c raw milk is illegal here. I guess they bring it up form SC. I tasted her milk the other day and it tasted fine to me. Oldest dd was with me and she didn't taste a difference. My friend also pointed out this milk had been frozen b/c no one made the milk run last time.

 

Anyway, I've read that raw milk is great b/c of all these benefits. I've also seen here that a number of you are dairy free. So I'm trying to figure out if I need to change my milk habits - no milk, stick with hormone free (but not organic) milk, or switch to raw milk. Websites to read through would be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks!

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It is also much better for you than milk that is pasteurized, as far as nutrients and health benefits go. That said, I think you need to be really careful where it is coming from. Is the environment clean? Are the animals free-ranging and healthy? Do they use hormones? Antibiotics?

 

If it's a private individual, that's even better. They aren't likely to have disease issues if they only have a cow or two and have them on pasture with a very clean environment and milking area. They also need to get the milk cooled very quickly.

 

Freezing does do a "cold-pasteurization" and will kill off some things. We used to freeze our goats' milk for leaner times.

 

I would just be sure to check out everything. If I didn't know details for SURE, my next choice would be organic milk.

 

Any other ??'s, just ask...

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We've been drinking raw milk for almost two years now, and we love it. There is nothing like it. Also, I am lactose intolerant to pasteurized dairy products, but I can tolerate raw with no problem.

 

We get our milk from a very safe source, their herd is checked frequently and has been certified for safety.

 

This site is a little controversial, but I will still recommend it:

 

http://www.realmilk.com/

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I think you need to be really careful where it is coming from. Is the environment clean? Are the animals free-ranging and healthy? Do they use hormones? Antibiotics? If it's a private individual, that's even better. They aren't likely to have disease issues if they only have a cow or two and have them on pasture with a very clean environment and milking area.

 

So to your mind, buying raw milk from someone who has just a cow or two is a safer option than, say, buying raw milk from a dairy that's subject to inspection?

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I am trying to sort through these issues myself!

 

Our plans are to get a dairy goat soon (right now we are trying to educate ourselves, figure out the structures and fencing that we need, and finance the whole endeavor).

 

We visited a family who raises dairy goats recently. He is very careful to test his milk and keep his goats healthy and closely monitored. I tasted goat milk for the first time. It was raw, and it was absolutely wonderful. I couldn't believe how delicious it was! Knowing how carefully he monitors his goats and milk, I felt comfortable drinking his raw milk. (We also tasted 4 kinds of goat cheese, and he sent us home with 3 bars of goat milk soap and 2 bottles of goat milk lotion!)

 

While I trust him and his knowledge of what it takes to have clean milk, I do not at this point trust myself. I have so much to learn. So, I am saving for a home pasteurizer to use at least at the beginning of our milking adventure. I suspect that I will cease using it eventually, as my confidence and knowledge of how to ensure that I have a healthy animal and clean milk increases.

 

I do think that raw milk is probably better for us--as long as it is free from harmful bacteria. I'm an obsessive germ freak, so we'll see how it goes! lol.

 

In the meantime, I am so excited about the whole thing I can hardly stand it. I've ordered cheese making supplies, and would love to make my own butter, yogurt and ice cream as well :D My ultimate goal is to have a milk cow, but we've decided to start with a goat and maybe get a cow next year or so.

 

I would love to get my hands on some milk from the dairys of Colleen and Julie here on the board, but they are clear across the country from me :(

 

Tracy

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