Top 10 Reasons to Keep a Jersey Cow

| 12/10/2013 12:10:00 PM

Green Eggs and Goats

I recently did a post called the Top 10 Reasons to Keep a Dairy Goat. While I stand behind all my reasons, I do actually have goats AND a Jersey cow, so I thought it was time Beulah Belle had equal treatment!

Top 10 Reasons to Keep a Jersey Cow

1.  Personality. They don't know they are cows. Picture a giant milk giving dog who will lick you from fingertips to armpit if it thinks you have a treat.

2.  Ease of Milking. I milk goats and a cow. Amazingly, the cow is easier to milk than any of the goats.

3/12/2018 3:36:21 PM

I'm new to homesteading and have considered dairy sheep and dairy goats, as well as keeping a small dairy cow. The hesitation is in the fact that, in order to have any milk, the animal needs to be bred. Now you have babies to contend with which means having to spend more on care, especially if there isn't anyone to buy them. How do we keep a dairy animal without all the extra expense of kids, lambs, or calves?

12/13/2013 5:07:24 PM

Nebraska Dave, we were lucky to find her, she has been a great cow so far, and yes, that yellow cream rocks my socks! Patsy, I hope to have a butter post up soon!

12/12/2013 6:37:27 AM

Heather, I written about the Jersey cow that Dad had during my high school years on other blogs here at GRIT. I will say that those big brown eyes with cute face just makes a person want to give them a hug. Out of the thirteen cows that we (well, I) milked morning and night only Itty Bit was a Jersey. Being smaller and producing less milk than the Holsteins, she still out creamed them. Her milk was a rich yellow looking milk. We save her milk for our own use and separated the cream from the other cows' milk to sell at the creamery. The skim milk was fed to the hogs which made them grow faster than ever. If I was ever to have a cow it would be a Jersey cow. ***** Have a great Jersey milk cow day.