Can you deliver a Jersey for us?
Yes. Actually, every single Jersey that we have ever sold has been delivered by us. In a few cases families have met us halfway with their own trailer when the travel distance is great.
We love working with people that appreciate our approach to raising happy, healthy Jersey family milk cows (organic as much as possible, nursing calves up to 4-5mo, grass and hay only)! We are currently offering free trailer transport up to 200 miles from our Northeast Ohio farm. We feel this is being generous with our time and resources and are open to discuss fuel compensation for delivery distances beyond 200 miles. Our diesel truck averages 12.5 mpg when the trailer is empty and 11.5 mpg when it’s full.
We have a fully enclosed aluminum horse trailer that can comfortably fit two cows along with two other small calves or one heifer for a low stress ride. We have recently loaded four (year-old) bred heifers for a delivery that went very well.
There are companies and individuals that specialize in transporting livestock. Make sure you ask them to clean out their trailer before they arrive here or to your place. Many of their hauls involve taking sick animals to the auction or slaughter house. Any manure left in their trailer after a sick haul will likely end up in the hooves of your healthy cow and possibly bring sickness to your farm.
I don’t have much space. Can I really get a cow?
You can keep a cow in smaller spaces, even on a half-acre yard/pasture or less. However, with a limited supply of grassland, you may have to supplement with hay and have a plan for manure management… like your garden.
I can get more milk if I feed grain. Why should I choose grass-fed?
Cows are ruminants, having a four-compartment stomach that is designed by nature to digest grass and forages. Just because cattle can digest grain, we feel that they shouldn’t be fed grain as a large part of their diet. Feeding cattle grain can lead to acidosis and the development of dangerous strains of E. coli in their guts that could require antibiotics. Feeding your cow grass and hay will provide the most nutritious, natural milk for your family.
How much milk will I get?
Much of this depends on diet, milking frequency and of course genetics. We are a 100% grass-fed farm with a younger herd of Jersey’s . We milk our cows only once a day and probably average about 2 gallons per cow. If we decided to increase milking frequency to 2 or 3 times per day and introduced grain mixtures designed to boost milk quantity, our milk production could possibly triple in volume; no thanks! Our personal farm philosophy is that we would rather focus on the health of our animals and quality of the milk, instead of the quantity.
A younger cow will provide less milk milk, as will an older cow. Usually, cows give a gallon or two per day after calving, but the milk production will rise gradually until peak production is reached, usually a few weeks after calving. After that point, milk yield will slowly diminish.
What can I do with the extra milk?
If you think you might get too much milk from one cow, you can buy a baby heifer or steer calf to help you benefit from your excess milk. Additionally, pigs and chickens on our farm thrive on raw milk. Starting a cow-share program and/or trading/bartering with your neighbors might be a good plan for reaping more rewards from your cow investment.
How do I store raw milk?
We feel the best way to store raw milk is in glass jars with lids or in stainless steel cans. You can buy half-gallon canning jars for this purpose, or re-use gallon or half gallon glass jars. If you are re-using glass jars, try your best to get the lids perfectly clean and free of odors to avoid introducing off-flavors. Plastic containers are not a great way of storing milk because they can absorb odors and they are hard to sanitize before reuse.