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  1. Hi Jennifer! We’ve been thinking long and hard on getting a dairy cow. It’s probably a good five years out (we have two year old and 6month girls). I loved your article, I actually learned quite a bit. You may seem to be the master at stating the obvious to an experienced person, but not to a novice like myself.
    I can’t wait to look around your blog and read some more. Your writing is so funny and truly touches home.
    We had three goats that were basically our babies before…well human babies. The goats died all at once one day. It’s never easy with animals.

    -Kristy

    1. Yes, it can be so disappointing when animals just die. Our greatest heartbreak was our cow, but we have had some pet bunnies that broke our children’s hearts! So glad you enjoyed my article! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. No, you aren’t! They are wonderful creatures, but they can be quite stubborn and unreasonable at times. I have a huge bruise on my foot as we speak from a recent episode!

  2. We had a milk cow all growing up (we lived on a homestead style farm) and it was my job to milk her and make butter from the cream. I totally agree with all your points! The worst was the poo on the tail though, you learn very quickly never to let your mouth open while milking!

    I will say though, we always washed her udder with warm water before we started milking (again, poo) and then used a bit of bag balm on our hands while milking to keep from chafing her. I had the softest hands ever from doing that every day!

    Another funny thing was that when I grew up and moved away from the farm I hated drinking store bought milk, even whole milk tasted watered down to me (we had a Jersey/Guernsey mix, so lots of cream). I don’t think i’d ever own my own milk cow, but it was a good experience to have as a kid!

    1. I love to hear that! Yes, milking can quickly lose it’s novelty when you are milking everyday! My girls love it at first, and then kind of start to grumble. The boys don’t really care for the chore at all! I’m glad to hear you remember it as a positive experience!! Yes! The udder balm we make gives us nice soft hands too!

      1. Wow! What a wake-up. I’ve been dreaming of a cow for several years. Finally, we bought our farm and have just finished season two (organic cut flowers). I love all things dairy, and have recently started cheese-making. My husband is trying to talk me out of a milk cow, but the way the world is going, I’d like to be more self-sufficient. We grow our own veg, have 24 laying hens and 9 ducks which also lay, so we’ve got most things we need already. We will be starting meat chickens and pigs in the future, maybe not next season. The cow is important to me, but we need to build a structure for her, as our old barn “isn’t for the animals,” so says my husband. I’m torn, as there are so many good and bad points on either side. What I hold dear to my heart, though, is the sparkle in the eyes of the elderly who grew up with a family milk cow. They all agree that there is nothing like fresh milk and butter from the family cow. That keeps me wanting to get that cow!!

        1. I truly am so grateful that we have a cow. This article was a bit tongue in cheek. Yes, she is a lot of trouble, and yes milking is a big responsibility, but if you have space and the gumption, go for it! Especially with our world the way it is now! I have several other articles on milk cows and a video. Just search milk cow and they should all come up. I recently published the ultimate guide to keeping a family milk cow. If you didn’t get my free ebook, you should! I have an article in there on a milk cow as well!

  3. I was wondering what you would suggest having on hand in terms of first aid supplies for a dairy cow. Vet wrap, vertericyn, etc? We’re thinking about getting a dairy cow and I have a general idea of emergency supplies because we have horses but is there anything specifically bovine related? Thanks!

    1. We love Vetericyn. We have used this for everything from pink eye to a torn teet. Some people keep a calcium paste or a calcium injection on hand in case your cow shows symptoms of milk fever after calving. We don’t keep a lot on hand, our vet is pretty good about coming out quickly. We do keep molasses on hand for mixing with water after she calves for extra magnesium. I hope that helps!

    1. No, I wouldn’t recommend just one. They definitely need a companion. Even if you just keep a couple of steers for meat, that will keep everyone happy!

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