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Feeding mastitis milk to pigs

 
J.D. Ray
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I have a connection that says they can supply me with indeterminate amounts of milk from an organic, grass fed dairy that's being cast off because the cows have or recently had mastitis. I did a little bit of reading, and see that a lot of people suggest feeding the milk to chickens and dogs, and some say that they feed it to dogs. It seems counterintuitive to me that it should be OK to feed it to livestock, but thought I should post here and get slightly more refined wisdom.

Does anyone have any insight or experience with this? Does pasteurizing help? Is it necessary? Should the whole lot be thrown out and forget about it?

Thanks for whatever wisdom you've got.

Cheers.

JD
 
Dawn Hoff
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If humans have mastitis, the milk is not thrown away and the babies are not affected.
 
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The best cure for mastitis in a cow is to put a calf on her - I can't see why that milk would hurt the pig any.
 
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Fine for the pigs and chickens too.
 
S Carreg
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Yeah in humans with mastitis the best cure is for the baby to feed more often, so it's really not a problem.
 
J.D. Ray
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Thanks everyone.
 
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The best cure for mastitis in a cow is to put a calf on her


in humans with mastitis the best cure is for the baby to feed more often


Isn't it funny how Mother Nature comes up with such simple cures for common problems?

 
S Carreg
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It is indeed. I don't know if this applies to cows as well, but in humans one of the biggest risk factors for developing mastitis is curtailed feeding - not nursing often enough or for long enough - or the baby inefficiently emptying the breast.
 
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