FWL-Mini Cow

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FWL: Farm Wish List

With all of the conversation and planning over the last few years about the Big Farm, we have compiled quite a FWL!

One of the items (or creatures rather) that tops this list for me, is the Mini Jersey Cow.  Jersey Cows are known for their sweet dispostition and creamy milk.  These Jersey ladies are beautiful with their doe-like eyes and creamy brown coat.

jerseyface

What most people don’t know is that dairy cows are fantastic employees.  Dairy cows can produce 6-8 gallons of milk a day.  That is roughly 125 glasses of milk a day.  I love milk, but this is more than I could realistically use-even with extra cheese and butter making!

Mini Jersey cows are ridiculously cute, but also very practical for a self sustaining/hobby farm.  They produce much less milk, around 2 gallons a day, and require less feed and less pasture acreage.  Full grown, they come up to waist level on an average size man.

There is not a huge amount of Mini Jersey Cows available since these are newer to the cattle market.  The more established mini-cow breeds are Mini-Hereford and Mini-Angus.

Here is a great article on these beautiful, little ladies… Mini Jersey Cow

Do any of you have any experience with these gals?

There is a lovely mini-cow farm in VA called Misty Morning Farm.  They have some great information about raw milk and mini-jersey cows.  I have spoken with them and they provided me with some wonderful resources and information.  I plan on attending their “Milking School” in May-I am super excited!  Check them out HERE.

Until next time…

FINALSIGNOFF

12 thoughts on “FWL-Mini Cow

  1. Please let us know how it goes with the cows. My husband has looked at those with longing before. But he simply can’t farm. He just dreams through people like you. Let us also follow the progress of your parents moving on the farm also if they will let you. OK?

  2. I would love a miniature cow!! Unfortunately it’s frowned upon to have even a mini cow in suburban New Jersey. I hope you end up with one so I can live vicariously through you!! Thanks for sharing the article… an interesting read!!

  3. Hey Homestead, looking at the cow picture makes me realize why i don’t have one, so darn cute. A kiss right on the old nose. Some friends over there in Youngsville raise and sell mini horses and they are super cute. I think it’s a great idea for the cow with just a little milking req’d prob every day. I think it’s a great idea, but if you have one, you have too have two. They shouldn’t be lonely. My friends offered my one of the mini horses, but i said naw, i couldn’t leave him out there in the bad weather alone. Next thing you know, i would have 2 dogs and a horse in the kitchen. Whoa Nelly.

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