Most people feel that having a family cow might mean too much milk. For a smaller family, one option would be to go with a family cow such as a Dexter that does not produce as much as a Jersey. It is also a miniature but it produces about 1 1/2 to 2 gallons a day as opposed to the Jersey which produces about 3 gallons a day. A Dexter is also a dual purpose breed meaning that it can be used for meat as well as milk. If this still sounds like a lot of milk for your family maybe look at all of the things that you can use your raw milk for. Also, keep in mind that many people also choose to calf share and then sell the calf when it has been weened.
Look at your family expenses. How much dairy does your family consume? Also, for the quality how much would you really spend? For instance, in our area a half gallon of a2 milk from the super market is $4.59. We drink about 2 to 3 gallons a week. Butter with no additives is $6.99. Amish cheese with no additional chemical is about $4.99.
Here are just a few things that you can do with the extra milk:
- All of your Dairy products – Butter, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, sherbet, keifer
- All of the desserts you can make
- All of the recipes that call for milk
- Did you know that many people give milk to their chickens and pigs?
- You can use it for bartering. People have bartered milk for piglets or even for the use of farm machinery.
For more ideas and recipes for your extra milk, read “9 Easy Ways To Use Fresh Milk“.