Sunday, August 19, 2012
We've looked at these Dexters, from a herd nearby, a couple of times now. The Dexter cattle attract us because it is a smaller statured, dual-purpose breed. We would start with a young, bred, milk cow and consider raising the calf for beef.
I go back and forth between excited-let's-do-it-can't-wait, and what-are-we-thinking-of??? Crandon reminds me that this is a season-by-season commitment. If milking gets overwhelming we can sell the cow, or keep it and use it to raise beef calves.
I do get excited about having fresh milk and making our own butter, yogurt and soft cheeses!
Anyone else have milking experience, or DIY cheese and dairy product experience?