Homesteading is an option many survivalists are taking. Living a life of simplicity and self-sufficiency. A major misconception of homesteading is that it requires a lot of land, but this isn't the case. Homesteading can be done in a variety of settings with minimal land.
Many people are choosing to take the homestead route due to the lack of nutrition and poor food system our nation has to offer nowadays. When choosing to homestead you know exactly what you are consuming and not exposing yourself to harmful chemicals, as with modern day ingredients.
People aren't fully aware of how bad our food is because they are solely focused in on the taste and overall flavor of the food, rather than what goes into making it. Much of these harmful chemicals placed in our foods cause cancer.
There are many animals that one can incorporate into their homesteading plan. Chickens are a common choice, one that are known as a “gateway” of sorts to bigger things, such as livestock. After this, homesteaders often transition into goats or pigs. But, one major animal to view as an excellent homestead investment is a dairy cow.
The following article gives us the best way to raise a homestead dairy cow:
A lot of homesteading prepper families choose to invest in a homestead dairy cow for their property. This will provide a lot of milk for your family – and possibly some extra for your pigs, if you’re raising those as well.
You can consume the milk, or create yogurt, ice cream and other items from her milk. Each type of cow and size will produce different amounts of milk, so you may want to consider a smaller option such as a goat (see video below) if your family doesn’t use much milk.
It can get expensive to raise a dairy cow if you’re having to buy all of your hay, but many prepper families grow their own, so that cuts down on the cost of raising your dairy cow quite a bit.
You can visit a dairy farm and ask if they have any lower milk producing cows they want to get rid of. If the volume isn’t enough for a dairy farm, they’ll often sell off the cows to a family that requires a much lower volume of milk.
Your dairy cow will produce milk twice a day for about a year. After about 10 months, give her some time off for a few months and then let her produce another calf to begin milk production again.
Remember that your water supply has to be enough to provide for a dairy cow’s needs. They can drink anywhere from 25-40 gallons of water each day. Be sure you have enough water for her and the needs of your family.
Your homestead dairy cow might produce anywhere from 2-8 gallons of milk per day, so make sure you don’t over-invest in something that’s going to make all of the milk production go to waste.
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Dairy cows can be used in more than one way. Not only for drinking milk, but also ice cream and a healthier option of yogurt. But, the idea of using a goat if you're needing less milk is a fantastic idea if you are looking to save some money and your family doesn't require as much milk.
If you are new to homesteading and looking to get more bang for your buck and invest in something worthwhile, consider purchasing a dairy cow and see the great benefits it can provide your family. Learning how to have and utilize cow's milk can really improve your self-sufficiency skills as well. And don't forget the beef!
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