Yogurt Barrel Prep
We make yogurt time to time to add to our whey tanks. Yogurt is good for digestion, in people and pigs.
To make the yogurt we sterilize some buckets with hot water and bleach. We then draw off the creamiest batch of dairy we can get, ideally fresh from the truck. To kick start the culture we use active yogurt from the store and blend it with a gallon or so of milk. This mixture is then allowed to sit for a few days in a warm spot. In the winter this means inside our house but in the warm months we do it outdoors. Once the bucket is done culturing we pour one each into our big whey tanks to culture them. After we’ve added the yogurt to the tank it continues to grow, digesting solids in the tank and making those more accessible to the pigs.
In addition to being good for the pigs the yogurt appears to prevent mold from growing in the whey tanks. Other farmers we know with the same setup, getting their whey from the same source and in our same climate have trouble with mold growth in their tanks. We don’t get the mold. I think the difference is the yogurt we add. If we don’t add yogurt for a while then I’ll start seeing a little mold and know it is time to do the yogurt again.
Outdoors: 45°F/36°F 3″ Rain & Attempts at Snow
Tiny Cottage: 65°F/65°F
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