I'm sorry for another raw milk question. I promise I used the search function, but it wasn't very helpful to me.
We get our raw goat milk from a local gal who breeds goats for sale and meat. We're in KS and I think the milk selling is a side-thing, as she just has a glass jar you put the cash in (not sure if that's for legality or tax evasion, iykwim). The farm is small and kind of stinky, but I have no experience on farms, so I don't know what normal farm smells are. She's very involved in the local 4H and has her license hanging up. She says she gets inspected every month. I always see cash in the jar, and have seen other people stop by to buy things (she sells eggs, cuts of beef and veggies).
When I tried to tour the farm it was bitter cold. The farmer has pretty bad people skills (though I think she is a nice person, just not real sociable) and wasn't very receptive to some of my questions (about pasture, abx etc.). I felt sort of snowed and didn't do a thorough job of getting direct answers
:. In the end I couldn't decide whether my apprehension was instinctive (therefore worth listening to) or just ingrained fear of 'RAW MILK'. But I figured other people bought from her, so it must be my issue.
For a month there was no milk b/c of all the kidding (is that what it's called?) but now there's plenty. But today in the last milk at the bottom of the jar I found traces of what appears to be blood. I know it was mentioned once in one of the zillion raw milk threads, but I can't find what was said. So here are my questions (sorry this is long winded):
1. Is blood in the milk bad? What does it mean?
2. I'm not sure what a 'cooling tank' should look like, but I really, really think this gal milks these goats straight into the large-mouthed gallon-sized glass jars. The barn is small, and the converted garage that has the refridgerators is catbox stinky. Are these bad signs for cleanliness or just normal farmlife and I have a big lesson in country living I need to learn?
3. I see the areas the goats hang out in, and they are about the size of my living room. I know she has acreage, but it's where the cows are. I assume that means the goats are not pastured. What questions should I ask her about what the goats eat?
4. She said when a goat does have an infection (thus treating w/ abx) she keeps that goat's milk out of rotation for twice as long as called for to ensure it isn't in the milk she sells. Is that good practice?
Please tell me your thoughts. I've read a lot on cow milk, but I've had a hard time finding a lot of info on goats. I found a yahoo group, but it seemed to be more about husbandry of different breeds
TIA if you could help me out, I'd appreciate it.