We welcomed our first family milk cow to our farm in 2010. We had never ever milked a cow before… by hand or machine!
I’ve documented our journey with our milk cow to help you get started milking your own family milk cow, goat or sheep!
Let me give you the secret to success with a family milk cow, goat or sheep… it’s DESIRE. We’re now in our fourth year milking a family cow, AND WE LOVE IT!
We love our sweet Jersey’s for the ability to have high quality fresh milk, cultured butter, and all kinds of cheese! Having your own personal milk source is like owning a bank full of gold!
Here a video that starts from the beginning… I hope it inspires you.
Our first milking parlor. I think you’d call it a redneck set up. But it worked! Milking on concrete is so much cleaner. And having the car port roof above helped when we had bad weather!
Building our new milking parlor. We got tired of being in the weather… when it’s really cold, raining, snowing or 1,000 degrees in Texas… you want a nice milking barn!
We added onto our existing pole barn, cut a hole in the wall, framed it up and poured a concrete slab. I really shouldn’t say “we” all this beautiful work is my husband Andrew’s handy work 😉 If you see anything on the farm that looks cool and is well done… Andrew did it!
One of the tricky parts about milking a cow every day is when you have young children. I’ll tell you though… it can be done! Here are two pictures taken at different stages newborn and at 8 months old. The keys here are using an Ergo Baby Carrier (which we still use and our toddler is 19 months) and our stroller that is strictly for farm use, the Baby Trend jogging stroller.
We use a garden cart to transport, hot soapy water, a strip cup and our milk machine and equipment to the barn for milking time.
In the blue tote is fly spray, cow teat cleaner (water, vinegar, iodine, essential oils and glycerine), shop towels (for the water), and white paper towels to dry the teats off before putting on the milk machine.