As we strive to be a self-sufficient homestead, we are currently raising a single mini-jersey family milk cow. As cows are grazers, and prefer longer grass, they tend not to eat grasses too low to the ground. Currently, as our cow is too young to be breed, she provides us with wonderful farm fertility (biodynamic cow pat pit) and helps keep things looking tidy as she contentedly munches down the tall grasses that grow fast after the first rains. Of course, careful grazing management is essential .

Eventually, our family will have ample fresh, unpasteurized, unadulterated dairy products. Our cow will also provide for the food and health of our pigs and poultry with her whey. And we’re pretty sure the barn cats will appreciate a little milk too.