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).

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.