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Old 08-07-2018, 03:24 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I don't know what "premium" milk is, but "milk is milk" is not entirely true. The flavor, texture, and color of milk is greatly affected by both the feed the cow eats and the breed of cow. It's also affected by the number of daylight hours.

Different brands of milk taste different and they can have the same % of milk fat and still feel different.

I buy a more expensive brand because I like the taste of it and the butterfly content is detectable.

I bought local for decades and then all the local dairy farmers went out of business and the local dairy started trucking milking from far away. Flavor changed so much, I stopped buying from them.

Best milk ever came from a little old lady down the road with a dozen purebred jersey cows. The jersey milk is yellow and has gorgeous flavor. Unfortunately the health department drove her out of business or I'd still be getting milk there.
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Old 08-07-2018, 03:29 PM
 
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I don't know what "premium" milk is, but "milk is milk" is not entirely true. The flavor, texture, and color of milk is greatly affected by both the feed the cow eats and the breed of cow. It's also affected by the number of daylight hours.

Different brands of milk taste different and they can have the same % of milk fat and still feel different.

I buy a more expensive brand because I like the taste of it and the butterfly content is detectable.

I bought local for decades and then all the local dairy farmers went out of business and the local dairy started trucking milking from far away. Flavor changed so much, I stopped buying from them.

Best milk ever came from a little old lady down the road with a dozen purebred jersey cows. The jersey milk is yellow and has gorgeous flavor. Unfortunately the health department drove her out of business or I'd still be getting milk there.
I'm skeptical on your claim of the number of daylight hours, but I agree with the rest of your post.
(BTW, I live in Wisconsin, grew up on a dairy farm, and have a Bachelor's Degree in Dairy Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. UW-Madison's professors invented the method of testing milk for butterfat amongst other notable accomplishments in the dairy industry.)
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Old 08-11-2018, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Tulsa
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I'm not sure about "premium" milk, but if one can buy it locally (or as close to the source as possible), without growth hormones, that's premium enough. The smaller sources are usually better quality than the mega-companies (obviously). I couldn't imagine buying milk connected with Coca-Cola, for example.
How do you guys find locally produced milk?
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Old 08-11-2018, 07:20 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I only use milk for baking, but I prefer regular lactose free milk to premium lactose free milk. If I get thirsty for chocolate milk, which happens about once every ten years, I like premium lactose free chocolate milk.
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Old 08-11-2018, 02:52 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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How do you guys find locally produced milk?
The way I found my local milk is to go into stores that sell local products, in my case a food co-op, but even Sprouts and Whole Foods, while sourcing foods from all over, often have local products as well. Just look in the dairy case and check the labels or ask one of the workers.

If not sure where your local store might be, check out this website. just enter your zip code and and it will point you to the nearest seller of local milk:

Find Local, Organic Cow Milk | Agrilicious!
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Old 08-11-2018, 03:41 PM
 
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When I was dairy farming, Jersey herd of 35 , a woman came to my farm to buy some milk.

She complimented me on how great it tasted compared to the milk in stores.
I asked what she bought in stores and she said " 2%"

My Jersey milk was testing 4.2%

She was comparing apples to oranges by buying low butterfat milk in the store
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Old 08-11-2018, 03:55 PM
 
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Want to kick it up a notch?
Try goats milk. Naturally homogenized, if the goats have had quality feed it's an amazing milk. Wonderful cheese also. Raised them for milk and meat back in the 70's.
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Old 08-11-2018, 04:39 PM
 
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I don't know what "premium" milk is, but "milk is milk" is not entirely true. The flavor, texture, and color of milk is greatly affected by both the feed the cow eats and the breed of cow. It's also affected by the number of daylight hours.

Different brands of milk taste different and they can have the same % of milk fat and still feel different.

I buy a more expensive brand because I like the taste of it and the butterfly content is detectable.

I bought local for decades and then all the local dairy farmers went out of business and the local dairy started trucking milking from far away. Flavor changed so much, I stopped buying from them.

Best milk ever came from a little old lady down the road with a dozen purebred jersey cows. The jersey milk is yellow and has gorgeous flavor. Unfortunately the health department drove her out of business or I'd still be getting milk there.

(3rd paragraph)........"butterfly content ?


I believe you meant " butterfat content" as I would hope there are not butterflies in the milk you buy.
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Old 08-13-2018, 03:14 PM
 
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I don't know what "premium" milk is, but "milk is milk" is not entirely true. The flavor, texture, and color of milk is greatly affected by both the feed the cow eats and the breed of cow. It's also affected by the number of daylight hours.

Different brands of milk taste different and they can have the same % of milk fat and still feel different.

I buy a more expensive brand because I like the taste of it and the butterfly content is detectable.

I bought local for decades and then all the local dairy farmers went out of business and the local dairy started trucking milking from far away. Flavor changed so much, I stopped buying from them.

Best milk ever came from a little old lady down the road with a dozen purebred jersey cows. The jersey milk is yellow and has gorgeous flavor. Unfortunately the health department drove her out of business or I'd still be getting milk there.
Jersey (or Guernsey) milk is also what I think of when someone says the term "premium milk"
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Old 08-13-2018, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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How do you guys find locally produced milk?

I go to the store and it's right there next to the corporate milk.
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