Due to all the circumstances, my husband has suggested two cows instead of one. I had thought, start with one and get used to it all.
How long does it take to do everything you have to do with a cow? And how much more with two cows? I just think that two would be a much more major undertaking, in terms of time (taking care of all that milk ), space (dealing with so much more milk, etc), and I still have children to teach, etc.
There are lots of people around here interested in the milk. The Latin Americans were asking about getting some so they could make fresh cheese.
Last Edit: Sept 29, 2012 12:30:28 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
Well, probably getting one cow with the thought of another as soon as you hit your stride is a good idea. On the other hand, I love having my 2 cows, but I did have a 6-month interval between getting the first and the second.
Is your husband willing to help you? What about getting one that is in milk and one that is dried off for calving soon? That would give you a couple of month adjustment period. Or if there are 2 cows both bred, have the farm dry off the one that is due the soonest and it would still be the same situation.
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Well, I was thinking that if we got one that was due soon, that owuld be good, but he likes to keep those. He only seems to sell (at least at a price we can handle ) cows that are not producing well. That's the other thing--if we get them at the same time, and if they're both bred, they'll both be being dried off at the same time.
But hauling them costs a few hundred dollars because we live so far away from any dairy farms--that's why it came up in the first place. I imagine that if a cow drops in production further along, then it might be because of mastitis.
Mastitis is a bacterial thing. Cows lower production....some just naturally do it, and others keep going and going like that energizer bunny.
Each cow is unique (like us!!) and you can do the same for #1 cow, and maybe doesn't work for cow#2.
My cow keeps producing--and turns all her feed into milk. (Not good when you are trying to get her to gain wieght!!) Other cows taper off and eventually dry themselves off.
It's a 'live an learn' situation. You can get 2 cows right away, but to keep your sanity, I'd make sure they didn't calve close together. This way if one has problems, you have the other one as a 'back up'; and you won't feel literally like you are drowning in milk!! Janene
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the cows probable would not be due at the same time , see if you could get them 2 to 3 months bred a part if they have any that way you dry of one and when she is due you dry off the other. But I do agree with starting with one and after you get your routine down then get the other cow,It takes me 1 1/2 hr to do all my chores except fill tanks then I add 1/2 hr and I milk 1 cow and 4 goats with a machine, but I have a total of 8 horses,7 goats 3 pigs 2 cows outside cats 1 dog and 3 pens of chickens to feed I usually do waters at night because I only milk in the morning that will change tho when I wean Babe the calf. Suzanne
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Being that I was brand new to cows in May, I feel I can freshly remember being a beginner and advise you against getting 2 cows that are both needing to be milked twice a day. One cow will shock you enough!!! I have lost nearly 15 lbs ( which is a blessed thing for me!) since we have had her...its only been 2 and half months. Its soooo much work. I love it. And we will be adding a second hopefully by next spring, but even though we have a routine down, my system is still adjusting! I always tired at night, its a good tired though, but unfortunately its also good birthcontrol, when as soon as you hit the pillow you dose off!!!!
My vote is to advise you to wait for 2 cows. But if your very high energy, and your hubby will help, and your ambitious then hey, try it!!!!
You must be homeschooling? I am nervous for September to come, I homeschool 3 children, I hope I will get it together a little more with the cow before then!
As far as the demand for raw milk, when you look at it from that angle, then yes get both cows! Theres so much to consider! We waited until 1 week ago to "advertise" our cow share program. All we did was send out 1 email, that had a link to our farm website, we sent this to about 100 homeschooling familes, and out of that I have about 12-13 shares of her sold, which is half the cow! So there is a major demand. This alone makes me want to go against all good judgement and get a 2nd cow before winter...but that would likely kill me and my kids might not educated!
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Thanks so much for all your responses Given everything everyone has said, I think I will wait for the second cow. Actually, since the cows he wants to sell are a higher price, if he has one for a lower price later one, it will just about cover the additional transportation (Gosh, I am so slow on the uptake!!!!!) I am not quite that high-energy, and my husband will be (apparently) travelling, so unable to help that much.
Also, I just have this vision of a kitchen (mine), cluttered with over-flowing milk jars, and this crazy woman (me) wandering around trying to figure out what to do with it all and feeling very overwhelmed!
Thanks very much for helping me sort this all out!!!!!
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