What’s it like starting out from scratch to take care of a cow on your own? From the Promised Land Farm blog:
“We welcomed our first family milk cow to our farm in 2010. We had never ever milked a cow before… by hand or machine!
I’ve documented our journey with our milk cow to help you get started milking your own family milk cow, goat or sheep!
Let me give you the secret to success with a family milk cow, goat or sheep… it’s DESIRE. We’re now in our fourth year milking a family cow, AND WE LOVE IT!
We love our sweet Jersey’s for the ability to have high quality fresh milk, cultured butter, and all kinds of cheese!Having your own personal milk source is like owing a bank full of gold!
Here a video that starts from the beginning… I hope it inspires you….”
And from part two of this story:
“In this blog post and YouTube video I am going cover the following topics:
Milking schedule, breeding, and cow / calf logistics
Hay and grain
Automatic bucket milkers
Homemade udder balm (bag balm)
We milk our Jersey Cow once a day for her entire lactation, 10 months and then we dry her off 60 days beforeshe calves (Click HERE if you want to watch the birth). What this means is, we need to put a bull in with her 60 days after she calves to get her preggers for the next lactation the following year.
This schedule leaves us two months of the year without milk, so we drive 5 hours round trip to a fabulous dairy North of us for milk every two weeks….”