Tastiest MiniCow Milk!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by awesomefowl, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    How much cream do Dexters give?

    Zebus?

    I know miniature Jerseys are better, but would Dexters work fine as a family pet/milch cow?

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  2. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    Also, how many acres are the minimum for 1 mini dexter milk cow, and her baby?

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  3. scrambledmess

    scrambledmess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope you get an answer. I am curious too. We have about 1.5 acres we could fence. I am seriously considering something to milk. I would rather have a cow rather then a dairy goat if the acreage would sustain one.
     
  4. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    I know-I do not care for goat milk, nobody in our family drinks much milk anyway, so i thought it would be fun to get a mini!
     
  5. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    I think its around 2 acres per cow but it could be more or less you may still have to suplement with hey and a bit of grain. Dexters have high butterfat content in there milk not sure about zebus. Pasofinofarm (a member here) is a dexter person who actively milks her herd so she would be a better resource then I am. Its often better to have more than one cow or goat because they are herd animals.

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  6. Sebrightmom

    Sebrightmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am with you on wanting a mini dairy cow. I really want a mini jersey but they are expense and that is if you can find one. You can find smaller jersey that would work for you. I have been told you need around of acres of good grass field for a small cow. I have Nubian and Mini Nubian goats right now and love them.
     
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    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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  8. momofthree

    momofthree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we have been researching getting a Dexter and all our research has showed that if you have good pasture organization and rotation, you can have 3 Dexter per acre, and that it is better to have more smaller pastures than few larger pastures for rotation.
     
  9. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    thank you for that info...I would have two tiny pastures, and keep the cow in a barn stall at night. I'll probably get a goat to be her friend, since goats browse and cattle graze. [​IMG]
     

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