Warming colostrum.

David.

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Mixed Farmer
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J11 M40
I have always warmed it in a saucepan because I think I remember once being told that microwaving destroyed the antibodies.
Is this actually correct, or am I unnecessarily making a mess in the kitchen and dirtying the saucepans?.....
 

David.

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Mixed Farmer
Location
J11 M40
When I said warm in a saucepan, I meant literally put col in pan on hob and stir constantly with a finger, so's not to stick it to the bottom.
 

Nithsdale Farmer

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Livestock Farmer
Indirect heat is what I was taught. In other words don't heat the colostrum, put it into a water bath so you're heating the water which transfers heat to the colostrum...


I just use the powder with lukewarm water




How long can you keep/store fresh, real milk/colostrum before going off?
 

Werzle

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Location
Midlands
Indirect heat is what I was taught. In other words don't heat the colostrum, put it into a water bath so you're heating the water which transfers heat to the colostrum...


I just use the powder with lukewarm water




How long can you keep/store fresh, real milk/colostrum before going off?
Not much more than two days i reckon, longer maybe if the weathers cold
 

Nithsdale Farmer

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Livestock Farmer
Not much more than two days i reckon, longer maybe if the weathers cold

Stick it in the fridge but I don't fancy it on my wheetabix when I'm mid lambing and struggling to know my arse from my elbow 🤣 (some say I struggle with that at the best of times as it is!)

Get the very odd ewe you've to milk off, anything I don't use usually just gets given to something in another pen, or onto the dogs food. Just wondered how long it would keep for... lambing outside so it's not like I need/use much
 

Henarar

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Somerset
freeze it in containers so you get a lump that is not very thick, you can then cut it with a knife in to bits and it thaws quicker, you can also just thaw what you need
we put the bits in a small glass bowl floating in a larger bowl of warm water to thaw and warm up.
 

Werzle

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Location
Midlands
I always three quarters fill 2.5L plastic milk bottles with colostrum from a local dairy farm and freeze them before calving starts and then i can just let one float in a bucket of hot water when i need one.
 

neilo

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
Indirect heat is what I was taught. In other words don't heat the colostrum, put it into a water bath so you're heating the water which transfers heat to the colostrum...


I just use the powder with lukewarm water




How long can you keep/store fresh, real milk/colostrum before going off?

Supposedly the antibodies are fine, even after it goes a bit ‘stale’.

I normally use artificial, but got an Uddderly milker last year to collect ewe colostrum. I kept a couple of 500ml containers full in the fridge, then made that up half and half with artificial if I was short.
Seemed to work well, and cheaper/better than relying on artificial stuff of debatable quality.
 

primmiemoo

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Location
Devon
The Vet says colostrum milked from a ewe stays good for two days in the fridge ~ which is much less time than I remember reading about years ago, but apparently we've failed to keep up to date. Stored out of a fridge, then less than a day before bacteria start to grow ~ and there's never any guarantees it will be friendly bacteria in the shed, or in the pickup, particularly in mild weather like at the moment.

Thanks for all the mentions of warming from frozen using the water bath. It's something to print off and put with the supply in the freezer for certain parties to read :banghead:
 

steveR

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Mixed Farmer
Supposedly the antibodies are fine, even after it goes a bit ‘stale’.

I normally use artificial, but got an Uddderly milker last year to collect ewe colostrum. I kept a couple of 500ml containers full in the fridge, then made that up half and half with artificial if I was short.
Seemed to work well, and cheaper/better than relying on artificial stuff of debatable quality.
Never seen teh Udderly device... Sadly, their website is truly awful in it's slowness...

How much is the simple ewe model? Asking for a friend....
 

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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