Milking the Family Cow

From purchasing the right cow to the proper methods of milking by hand, author Philip Hasheider explains the basics of miking the family cow.

  • Family Cow Handbook By Philip Hasheider
    "The Family Cow Handbook," by author Philip Hasheider takes you through the process of buying, feeding and milking the family cow.
    Cover Courtesy Voyageur Press
  • Milking Cow
    Milking by hand may take significantly more time than by machine, but many dairy farmers consider it to have a therapeutic effect on the stress of the day. 
    Photo By Fotolia/Frantab

  • Family Cow Handbook By Philip Hasheider
  • Milking Cow

The following is an excerpt from The Family Cow Handbook by Philip Hasheider (Voyageur Press, 2011). Milking the family cow and experiencing the simple joys that come with it are explained in this incredible book. You will learn the do's and don'ts  of buying a cow, milking, feeding and much more. The excerpt below, from Chapter 7, "Milking: Adjusting Your Cow and Yourself to the Process," touches on the basics of milking the family cow. 

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: The Family Cow Handbook.

A family cow can bring great personal satisfaction and enjoyment. Just having her around and attending to her can become a daily pleasure.

Yes, your cow needs daily attention, and you must provide the basic care to sustain her and promote growth and good health. Still, cows are remarkable creatures. Left to their own devices, they can live fairly well on their own with little outside help. Their survival instincts can be to your advantage. In normal circumstances and with a healthy animal, you won’t need to babysit her too often. After providing her with water, shelter, and whatever feed she can graze, she can be left alone for most of the day.

In return, she’ll reward you with her milk, often considered nature’s most perfect food. That’s not a bad trade.

Making Milk Starts with a Calf

The initiation of lactation, or milking, begins with your cow giving birth. Before this happens, you’ll need to make several decisions. If you buy a pregnant cow that is dry (not milking), your process will be quite different than if you purchase a cow that is in lactation (giving milk).

1/13/2013 8:48:26 PM

My uncle had a dairy farm when I was young so I am fond of farms. I look forward to having a cow in the future as God leads us away from the dangerous oppressive life we have made for ourselves. I look forward to making fresh cheese and butter. The Bible has many references to families living together for an abundant life with no sorrow added. Life living close to the land solves the many problems we created by ignoring God's wisdom. Thanks for a great article; I learned a lot..

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