Sunday, August 19, 2012

Considering

We are considering getting a cow.  (One of our moms think we might be slightly crazy [we might be], the other thinks we should at least get a cute one...)    :-)

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?

2 comments:

Sarah said...

Wow! Exciting prospects (and I can feel the "trembling" too)! :-) Big commitment and work, literally! If we lived closer I'd be willing to buy milk from you!!

The only person I know who is very experienced with milking and making cheese/butter is Georgia S. If you want her contact info, I can email to you.

If you obtain a cow, I'll be looking forward in hearing about the adventure and seeing your amazing use of the milk!

madeline blair said...

i think you should get a super cute brown cow with long eyelashes. you could name it... patricia!

:D