These friends…. are the reasons I used to convince myself (and my husband) that we need another milk cow:
We need butter.
Lots of it.
Buying good butter is expensive even when I buy in bulk, it’s costing us an extra $30 a month. We use it in place of most cooking oils in the pan, for baking, for pretty much everything. And our current Krista cow will not freshen until late October. Which means I will have spent about $300 buttery bills by then.
I speak to my husband in numbers if you couldn’t tell.
Let’s talk about the price of organic, grass fed milk shall we? We can typically find organic milk for around $6-7 a gallon and the good stuff for about $9 a gallon. And let’s also talk about how our kids demolish a gallon in a matter of days. Nuff said.
Aaaaand the only way to guarantee that this terrible, horrible we-have-no-milk situation never, EVER happens again is to have two milk cows so that when one isn’t milking, the other is.
Makes sense to me.
See, the husband here loves Parmesan. And I make some pretty good Parm. In fact, two cows garuntee that we will have enough cheese to feed an army. Which happens to be the exact amount he consumes per anum. Not to mention that he wants pigs and pigs luuurve milk and whey from cheesmaning- can I say win-win?
For this and many more reasons we are picking up our second dairy cow this Wednesday from a fellow dairymaid near Bend, Oregon. She (the cow AND her current owner) has a great disposition from which she gets her namesake Sweetie. She is an almost three year old, polled (hornless), Jersey- Dexter cross- bred to a polled, Low-Line Angus and is due to calve in September. Hopefully the heifer fairy visits us and gives us a girl.