Mini Dairy Cow for the Homestead

CowMany times homesteaders will choose a mini cow rather than goats for milk.  Perhaps they do not like the temperament of goats, or the taste of goat milk.  For whatever the reason, it is up to the homesteader to decide if they want to take on providing their own milk source for their family.  Along with this comes the responsibility of milking daily and sometimes more.  Many choose a miniature cow for the homestead.  Two of the most popular miniature cows include Dexter and Jersey.  Other types of miniature cows include Zebu, Panda, and Texas Longhorns.

Some of the benefits of a mini cow includes less cost in feeding them (about one third less) and less space needed for them.  Some websites reports that Dexters can produce about 3 to 4 gallons a day.  The Jersey produces about 1 1/2 to 2 gallons a day.  A standard miniature cow is between 36 to 42 inches and weighs between 500 and 800 pounds.

So how much land do you need for a miniature?  They say about 1 to 2 acres per cow calf pair.  To read more on miniature cows click on this article from Mother Earth News.

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