If you’d like to do that, fine, but let’s consider an alternative for those who’d rather not. A pregnant Jersey cow can be found for under $1,000. (I just bought one for $900 last week). When the cow delivers her calf, fresh Jersey milk will be available for milking. How much? 3-5 gallons per day. At $4 per gallon, that would be $12-20 per day or $360-600 of milk per month. The value is more since with that milk is included cream for butter, ice cream, etc.. After 10 months of milking, you could have easily collected up to $3,600 worth of milk from a $1000 cow. Instead of spending money on milk, you would have had milk coming out of your ears and a gain $2,600. Use all you want, give it to friends and family and you can still sell all you like. That’s a little different from buying milk, no?
Ah, but there are other expenses. An acre of electric fencing may cost $700.00, an electric milking machine could run $1,600 and a barn, well that could cost $3,000-5,000 and other equipment might cost you up to $500.00, bring a total investment up to $5,800-$7,800. I guess you lost, huh?
1. Your milk cow can make more milk. After some time off, she can be breeded again and in 9 months, the milk will flow again. With a second cow, you could stagger briths so that milk supply was constant for years.
2. Remember you have another cow now! If it was a female, you have another milk-producer! If it was a boy, you can have a year’s supply of beef standing in the field. Butchering a beef cow would cost $0.50/lb, so you can see what your savings on meat would be.
3. You might not need to go to the grocery stort any longer if your dairy products are home-made.
4. Your family will have been busy with all the milk processing…and ice cream eating. The TV and video games would have been covered with dust and you’d have some active kids.
5. You’d have a barn that could now house sheep, chickens, goats and more…and the gains continue to multiply.
Do the math and move towards your own home dairy. Your grandchildren will be richer for it.