Updated by Mary Bowen on March 7, 2020
A family milk cow is a joy to bring home as it becomes a part of the family. Family milk cows are also very useful. They can:
All the while these moo-moos generously give nice, creamy milk.
Before you get started on squeezing those teats, you will need:
You can by most of these items at Hamby Dairy Supply.
Milking time is very peaceful. The only sound usually heard is the cow chewing her cud and milk streaming into the bucket. Your whole family will enjoy these quiet times out with their cow.
Milking a cow is easy.
Bring the bucket in the house. Pour the milk into the strainer. Remove the strainer from the jug and pour the strained milk into glass gallon jars.
Our jersey gives 6 gallons per day at peak. Now she is giving about 2 gallons a day. It takes about forty minutes for each milking. We milk her at 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. every day.
The reward of milking your own milk cow is the rich milk you will collect.
You can make many useful items out of your own milk. Besides milk and cream for drinking, some of these other dairy products you can make include:
It is very rewarding to make your own dairy products. You will find that dairy products from your own kitchen are more tasty than store bought alternatives.
To assemble your new lawn mower you will need:
You will also need to find a place in your yard that needs mowed.
Your cow will do the rest! No need to buy gas for your lawn mower any more!
Even though your cow's manure doesn’t look very appetizing, there are other things that think other wise. Your garden will love this yummy treat! Use this as a fertilizer.
When cleaning up her pen, throw the manure on the garden. Rototill the composted manure into the soil in the spring before planting your garden.
To take care of your family milk cow, you must:
If your cow does not receive proper care she may become a saucy, mean, no-one-wants-to-be-around cow. And nobody wants that.
If your cow is well fed she will be happy and content. To make sure she is being well fed all you will need to do is place a round bale of hay in her pen. Your cow will eat as much as she needs a day.
If your cow's feeder is not big enough to hold a whole round bale, you can grab your pitch fork and hand feed her.
How much to feed her depends on how big your cow is. A small breed like a jersey only needs about a flake of a large square bale twice daily. But larger breeds will eat a little more. You can decide.
Make sure her hay is an alfalfa grass mix.
Feed her a little grain each day while you are milking her. We feed our jersey a quart jar full of sweet cob at each milking. A feed bowl is attached to her station.
When medicating, it is important to follow the steps carefully and consult your vet or an experienced farmer if you have any questions. The most common cow illnesses are mastitis, milk fever and nitrate poisoning.
If your cow has mastitis, you will know because:
To medicate a cow with mastitis, you need to buy a mastitis applicator. You can buy these at most feed stores. To give the antibiotic you need to
Follow the directions on the medicine. Do not drink the milk from the treated teat for as long as the package indicates.
Your cow should recover in a few days.
Milk fever occurs after a cow gives birth. If your cow has milk fever, she:
This is very serious. If your cow comes down with milk fever, contact a vet. The vet will treat her with magnesium.
Carefully milk out the colostrum for the calf. When the calf is full, put the colostrum in the fridge.
When the calf is hungry again, warm up the milk. The milk is warm enough when it is room temperature.
If your cow has nitrate poisoning, you will know because:
This is another illness that is best treated by a vet. This will also be treated with magnesium.
Nitrate poisoning may occur when a cow overeats young grass in the spring. This might occur in a pasture that has standing water in it.
Milking is a very important part in owning a cow. It's why she's in your yard.
You can decide to milk her once a day or twice a day.
Be sure to milk at the same time every day. It's okay to milk an hour before or after your usual milk time. So if you milk at 4:00 p.m. you can milk at 5:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.
Thanks for reading! I hope all the answers to your cow questions are contained in this page! If not feel free to ask them here and I will answer them promptly!
Good luck with your family milk cow!
Faustina Bowen is a founding member of industriousfamily.com. She is the second of nine children in a homeschool family. This high school Junior likes writing scripts for movies, helping mothers with their babies and playing the flute. She contributes to society at large by making wholesome movies and writing amazing articles and entertainment reviews.
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