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Freebies, Milking & Cheese Making Supplies, and More

(part of the Homestead Livestock Summit)

Find your Freebies Here!

Thank you for watching my presentation on Homestead Finances – part of the Homestead Livestock Summit. I hope it helped and you are on your way to a better financial future!

When signing up for my newsletter, you should have received your freebie – the Homestead Finance Workbook. If you didn’t get it, you can get started on gaining control of your money simply by downloading it now. It is designed to help you gain financial clarity for your Homestead. To get your copy, just download it here:

HOMESTEAD FINANCE WORKBOOK

A Little Bit of Lagniappe

Here in the South, we adhere to the custom of always adding a touch of Lagniappe to most anything we do. ‘Lagniappe’ is another word for ‘a little extra’.

In this case, the Lagniappe is for all of you who dream of having a milk cow (or already do). It is another workbook designed for choosing, caring and budgeting for milk cows on the homestead. You can download it here:

HOMESTEADING WITH MILK COWS WORKBOOK

Homestead Finance Bundle

And There Is More…

…especially for those who have participated in the Homestead Livestock Summit and are wanting to get their finances in order. Just for you, I am offering the Homestead Finance Bundle. The Bundle includes:

The regular price of all these combined is just pennies shy of $34. But for you, I have bundled all four products and am offering it for $20.00. That is a savings of over 40% off the retail price! To read more about each product, just click the link.

With having the Homestead Finance Bundle in your ‘tool box’, you can get started gaining control of your finances today. Just order your Bundle here, and use the Coupon Code LIVESTOCK21.

HOMESTEAD FINANCE BUNDLE

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A Handy Resource List for Equipment & Supplies

Just so you know: This post contains affiliate links; if you click on a link and make a purchase I might make a small commission, but it does not affect the price you pay!

Over the years, I have purchased many items to help me do the jobs I needed to do on the homestead. When it comes to having milk cows, I learned that having the best possible equipment may have cost me more up front, but actually saved me money in the long run.

For both milking and making cheese and other dairy products with the milk, I prefer to use quality stainless steel products. First, with a quality product I am able to use the equipment year after year without costly replacements.

Secondly, stainless steel is a relatively non-reactive metal that will not affect the flavor of the milk or dairy products. Aluminum is a reactive metal and can cause flavor distortions or react badly with the acids in the milk and/or cultures.

For most of my equipment and supplies, I have three go-to resources: Amazon, Hamby Dairy Supply, and New England Cheesemaking Supply Company. Just so you know, I am an affiliate for Amazon and New England Cheesemaking Supply Company, but not for Hamby Dairy Supply. If you would like to read more about my affiliation with these companies, please read my Disclosure Page.

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Milking Equipment & Supplies

  • Automatic Milking Machine (4 to 8 gallon)
  • Stainless Steel Pails (at least 2 – if you are hand milking. They aren’t needed if using an automatic milking machine)
  • Extra Bucket & clean soft cotton towels (for washing udder – this one can be a regular household plastic bucket)
  • Teat Dip – (if you prefer a homemade teat dip & wash, check out 104Homestead’s post!)
  • Mastitis Check & Treatment (if you aren’t certain, reluctant to treat, or have a severe case, please consult your Veterinarian)
  • Cheesecloth / Strainer (for straining milk – I use cheesecloth and a canning funnel)
  • Stanchion or Milking Station
  • Containers for Milk (I use 1/2 gallon Mason Jars)

Cheese Making Equipment & Supplies

My favorite place to purchase any of the supplies and equipment I need for cheese making is New England Cheesemaking Supply Company. Their products are high quality, and the rennets and cultures fresh. There is a Learning tab where you can get tips and ideas, recipes, beginners kits, and so much more.

At one point, I had difficulty getting one of my cheese products to come to a curd. I went to the website and not only got an answer, but that response was detailed, asked pertinent questions, and gave me all the information I needed to be successful.

As for a stock pot, you need one large enough to hold at least 1 gallon of milk – 2 gallons would be better. I use one that is approximately an 8-quart size, which gives me plenty of room to work. If you already have a stainless steel stock pot, it will work perfectly. If you do not, the one listed below is from Amazon.

All of the other supplies on this list come from the New England Cheesemaking Supply website. Once you have checked out the basics, you may want to spend some time perusing all the great things you can do with fresh milk!

Thank you again for participating in the Homestead Livestock Summit and viewing my presentation. If I can help in any way, just email me at [email protected]. I will look forward to the visit!

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