Since my homemade ice cream business is finally taking off, my husband is coming around to the idea of us getting a Jersey cow. Goats are a no go. I have some questions that i'm hoping someone can answer though! 1. My father in law insists that you have to milk a cow twice a day without fail. Is this true, and if so what do you do if you have to be away for a day or so? 2. Do you pasteurize your 'homemade' milk? 3. What do you do with your calves? 4. Since we live on a ranch we would be allowed to use the bulls for free each year, but the resulting calves would be a beef/dairy mix. Would we be able to sell them, and would they be any use for anything? 5. Do you break even, ie feed prices vs calf sales and not buying dairy products? 6. At the moment any dogies are ours to raise and sell, provided we pay for the feed. We are thinking we could also use the cow to raise orphaned calves. Is this realistic? 7. How much milk do you get, and what do you do with the excess? (I was thinking about raising a pig on it, but DH hates pigs).