For the last couple of years we had cows in the farm. It all started because we wanted our own supply of grass fed, raw milk so we got Marta, our first cow. A huge normande cow who appeared to be very friendly when we met her. While living here she had a couple of heifers which was so exciting. Having our own cow was so nice! We were able to make lots of kefir, yogurt, cheese and not to mention the lovely yellow cream.
However, as we got to deal with the cows we realised it wasn’t so easy. Cows are quite moody I must say and once in a while unpredictable and considering their size, it can be dangerous to work with them. We didn’t do anything when it came to taking care of them. We had a person who did everything related to the cows: milking them, giving them water, managing their grass, etc.
While Marta was dried before delivering her baby we really missed the milk, so we decided to get a few goats. OMG! Raw goats milk was the best thing we had ever tried. It makes the most incredible cheese, it’s creamy, grassy in flavour, a lot less sweet than cows milk and overall, better. Needless to say, goats being small, they are much easier to manage which is great because I can take care of them myself and while they have their moments of not wanting to cooperate, they are not threatening like a cow can be.
Marta had her baby and suddenly we had two sources of dairy but we were always choosing the goat dairy over the cow dairy. With such a big difference in flavour and quality, we just didn’t enjoy Marta’s milk just as much and so we decided to sell the cows and stick to goats. The farm feels a lot more quiet now without the cows. Although we had them for a long time, we didn’t really have a good connection to them unlike with goats which are so friendly and affectionate.
We are really happy with our decision and plan on getting a few more goats instead since they don’t only make fabulous milk and are easy to look after, but goat caring has become my favourite thing of all farm chores. I enjoy their goofy personalities and warm company.
What’s your experience with cows and goats?
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