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.
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…