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  •  My uncle had a Grade A Dairy (1+ / 0-)
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    He had Herefords - those pretty black and white cows (later his son became a partner - and as time wore on, they each retired, uncle died, and cousin is my age and still alive and retired).  He whitewashed the floors of the barn, always had corn silage and grain for them to eat, each cow was monitored for other grains in their feed, they always had fresh good quality hay for the cows to lay on when they were inside the barn, had an auto-manure remover installed in the gutters, and every teat and udder was very carefully washed before the milking machine was attached.  From that point on, the milk went to the large container in the addition to the barn just to house that equipment where the milk was then transferred to a milk truck, then taken to a creamery, processed, and never saw the light of day until someone opened in a milk carton or what it was made into: butter, ice cream, cottage cheese, cheese, etc.  To this day, I'm still impressed at how clean the barn always was.

    I only once in my life ever heard my uncle raise his voice and that was at a family gathering at their place not long after BGH was begun to be used at dairies.  Uncle was vehemently against giving cows BGH!  It was because of that memorable tirade I always bought non-BGH milk.  It still always tasted funny to me and I wondered about the labeling a lot through the years - probably because at one point while I was growing up we had a beautiful Gurnsey (gold/tan & white) cow and Mom milked her by hand and we had lots of our favorite melkegrøt, plus fresh milk and fresh cream from her udder, and when there was enough cream my brother and I took turns shaking a gallon jug of cream until we had butter and buttermilk and then we had fresh pancakes from the buttermilk ~ I've always known what good milk tastes like.  I've recently switched to some very expensive Organic Milk and that tastes more like the milk I remember tasted when I was a kid.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 06:32:56 PM PST

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