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GinghamGirl Posted - Jan 08 2018 : 2:56:10 PM
Does anyone have any homemade herbal recipes for a homemade udder cream and after milking dip? Is it even possible to make these homemade?
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GinghamGirl Posted - Jan 08 2018 : 5:15:20 PM
This is great, thanks! What do you do for if a calf is still on the Mom, is it ok to have it suckling all day off it, or can bacteria come in then? What about the calf suckling the iodine?
maryjane Posted - Jan 08 2018 : 4:47:28 PM
I should add that when I wrote my book, I was determined to provide a formula for making your own iodine teat dip, but after calling different people, I realized you can't because you have to dilute iodine and can't use plain water or it deactivates it, among other problems. It's a buy-only product.
maryjane Posted - Jan 08 2018 : 4:41:42 PM
I make my own and apply it after milking (we ran the recipe in the Aug./Sept. 2017 issue of MJF). After smearing it on parts of her udder and each teat, her teats get post-dipped with iodine but only the tips (just the orifice, rather than the whole teat like I do before milking). Ashley and I knock out 12 of these jars at a time.

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Coconut oil’s natural antioxidant and skin-nourishing properties make it a perfect moisturizer for dry, irritated skin. So, I whip up a batch of my homemade udder balm for a natural alternative to commercial petroleum-based creams. As luck would have it, I’ve also discovered that it keeps biting flies off their udders. (Find ingredients at

Homemade Udder Balm

1/4 cup coconut oil
2 T olive oil
1 T calendula-infused oil
1 oz shea butter (about 2 T)
1 oz beeswax, cut into pieces (about 1/4 cup)
1/8 t vitamin E oil
12 drops tea-tree oil
6 drops peppermint essential oil

1. Place first five ingredients in an 8-oz wide-mouth canning jar.
2. Place jar in the top of a double boiler and add water so that jar is sitting in about 1" of water. Heat until mixture is melted together.
3. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients, stirring to combine.

For post- and pre-dip I buy mine from Hamby Dairy Supply:

And use one of these to dip each teat: