My story of how we renovated an old cottage, dug a veg garden, bought a jersey cow, added some pigs,chickens and bees...while rearing children... and then moved house!
She looks lovely, can't wait for the post .... and my goodness 20 litres a day I see lots of cheese, yogurt, icecream etc etc posts coming up .... please :-)
Thanks. I'm exciting but dreading the milk schedule ! I'll have to get up an hour earlier each morning from now on
Exciting...do you mind me asking how much your picking her up for?
We agreed a price of €700. She is not bred back. I think it's a bargain, but I won't know till I get to know her. I hope she is a gentle cow
Thats sounds like a good price indeed. How many years of milk do you think you will get all going according to plan of course. Also do you plan on getting a calf off her so to avoid having to pay for a new cow when she dries up?
I hope she will milk till she is 10-12 years. She won't be under much pressure here compared to a commercial dairy. We will bred her back in the next few months so as to have a spring calf next year. The calf will be reared on the cow hopefully, if she is willing to share her milk with us. The bull calves will end up in the freezer and the heifer calves will be reared for replacement or cash, depending on what we need. All going well ;-) that's the plan!
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