Keep a Family Cow and Enjoy Delicious Milk, Cream, Cheese and More

Have a cow! Here’s what you need to know to buy and care for a family cow. You’ll have a blast, plus save money on dairy products (and even meat).

family cow - Man with cows
Dominic Palumbo leads his family cows (a Normande and a Jersey-Angus cross) to pasture near Sheffield, Mass.
Cow and calf
If you allow a calf to nurse instead of milking the cow twice a day, you’ll save time on chores.
Straining milk
Strain milk before cooling it.
Man milking cow
Milking can be a rhythmic, relaxing routine.
Fresh dairy products
Dairy products from your own grass-fed cow are nutritious and tasty!
family cow - milk glass on post
Cows eating a grass-based diet can provide great-tasting dairy products that are more nutritious and flavorful than those you can buy in most grocery stores.
Farms with cows, then and now
in 1940, the United States had 86 times more small dairy farms than in 2007. The average herd size was five milkers. In 2007, there were only 53,324 farms with fewer than 100 cows.

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