Basic Needs for your Family Milk Cow

Jul

20

2014

Before you bring home your dairy cow, you should give significant thought to how you are going to provide for her needs. Cows, like most creatures, need food, water, and companionship. Here is a brief guideline for providing for your cow’s needs. Fencing To keep your cow and the neighbor’s landscaping...

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Share Milking with Nurse Cows

Jul

20

2014

Share Milking Most commercial dairies separate calves from their mothers shortly after their birth. The calves are given bottles of their mothers’ colostrum and later fed on milk from the dairy. Most commercial dairy cows have no idea what it is like to mother a calf. They are simply valued for the...

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Managing Your Grass-Fed Cow

Jul

19

2014

So you want a Grass-Fed Family Cow? That’s great! As you probably already know, cows are designed to be ruminants, designed by nature with stomachs that convert grass and forage into meat and milk. Feeding a cow grain is an unnatural aberration forced upon them by shortsighted farmers and agriculture...

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Backyard Farming with a Family Cow

Jun

22

2014

Cow ownership was once an essential part of American family life. The family cow provided milk, butter and cheese for consumption and sale. It also helped manage grass and pasture while serving as the core of the family farm. We haven’t lived in that pastoral, agrarian world for generations. The...

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Stress Relief for Dairy Cows: Maintaining Comfort and Happiness

Jun

20

2014

Dairy Cows are at their basic roots prey animals, meaning they will often be vigilant and wary of change. As they see humans as predators, they can even apply this watchful attitude to us, even if we are attentive and humane caregivers. In order to decrease this vigilance, and accompanying stress, it...

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