To Cow or not To Cow

This is the question…

So we haven’t even come to the final, sign-on-the-dotted-line-for-the-moving-van decision to head eastward yet, but a girl has to think about such things.

The farm has the basics for goats, plus a dusty milking stand. They said I could get a couple for amusement and milk. But….

Something inside says…

Go for the cow!

There are already three cows on the premises. Two young steers [one for beef and the other in training for ox-duty] and the momma of one steer. The fences and pasturing are pretty much organized…though we’d have to see if the current amount of grassland surrounding the vineyard would support a milk cow. The other caveat against the milk cow is…well…I’d have to hike up to the pasture twice a day to milk (or walk the lady down to the barn). Either way, somebody has to hoof it. The goats will live on a hillside across from the barn, therefore, easier to move them for milking.

I just can’t get over how stinking cute Brown Swiss cows are! I would spend at least an hour in the cattle barns at the State Fair every year, watching the cows with their calves.

Dreaming of fresh cream and butter…sigh…

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2 Responses to “To Cow or not To Cow”


  1. 1 Lacy Rebekah October 27, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Mom & Dad are considering fencing in our barnyard and getting some goats. I can’t stand cows, there’s just something about them I don’t like. LOL.

    Though I suppose cows would be better if you have a lot of room for them.

    ~ Lacy

  2. 2 Leslie October 31, 2008 at 5:43 am

    Dear Anna,

    They say you are really homesteading or farming when you have cows. We have discovered that they are as important for their milk as they are for their dung and they are wonderful to be around. They have a very centered, grounded, “meditating on their own bliss” kind of quality that is calming and is a constant reminder of what is important in life.

    We have both cows and goats here on our homestead. Each have their nice qualities and contributions to the homestead. I suppose we could do without goats if we had to but we all intend to never again live without cows.

    Leslie


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