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post #1 of 15 Old 08-28-2008, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Question of the day:

How much milk does your family go through in a week?

We go through about a gallon a day and I'm considering getting a cow.

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post #2 of 15 Old 08-28-2008, 10:24 AM
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We go through about a gallon every other day or so. It would be more but my husband doesn't drink milk, it's just me and my son. I LOOVE milk!





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post #3 of 15 Old 08-28-2008, 11:22 AM
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well you better up your milk intake if you want a cow...average is 6-8 gallons a milking (times that by two...12 gallons)!!! Lol...

If you could handle goat milk they tend to produce 1/2 to a 1 gallon a day...just get two milking does and youd be set (plus finding a buck to keep her making babies)

My brother would drink about 1/2 gallon a day...we would always be out of milk


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post #4 of 15 Old 08-28-2008, 11:50 AM
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Hold on....

Just double checked at a dairy site. They claim the "average cow produces 53 pounds of milk a day." .Ok, divide that by 8.5 ( 8.5 pounds to one gallon) and you get 6.2 gallons a day. Personally, I think that's a little low ... but they must average in Jersey's, Guernseys, and pasture feed. A lot depend on breed and feed! Also, the two milkings are not equal. 3/5 or better of the milk produced will happen in the early morning, cause the cow was resting most of that time. During the day they are walking around, chewing their cud, eating, drinking, being nosey, destroying stuff, licking stuff, blah blah blah. Burning energy.

Remember too, that a cow will produce like gangbusters after the first week or so, building up in the first ninety days, then the rest of the lactation is down hill! Often with the last month or so getting milked more to ensure her health than for milk production. Then the cow needs to rest before her next calf, and will be out of action, so to speak, for 45-65 days.

Also, if your cow grazes for her primary food source you milk will taste like grass.

FYI, before you think farmers have it made, they are getting $13 per 100 pounds of milk in my area right now. That's $13 for 11 gallons of milk. It currently costs over $20 to produce that milk.Mostly because of fuel prices. Two farms here have just gone belly up.

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Hold on....

Just double checked at a dairy site. They claim the "average cow produces 53 pounds of milk a day." .Ok, divide that by 8.5 ( 8.5 pounds to one gallon) and you get 6.2 gallons a day. Personally, I think that's a little low ... but they must average in Jersey's, Guernseys, and pasture feed. A lot depend on breed and feed! Also, the two milkings are not equal. 3/5 or better of the milk produced will happen in the early morning, cause the cow was resting most of that time. During the day they are walking around, chewing their cud, eating, drinking, being nosey, destroying stuff, licking stuff, blah blah blah. Burning energy.

Remember too, that a cow will produce like gangbusters after the first week or so, building up in the first ninety days, then the rest of the lactation is down hill! Often with the last month or so getting milked more to ensure her health than for milk production. Then the cow needs to rest before her next calf, and will be out of action, so to speak, for 45-65 days.

Also, if your cow grazes for her primary food source you milk will taste like grass.

FYI, before you think farmers have it made, they are getting $13 per 100 pounds of milk in my area right now. That's $13 for 11 gallons of milk. It currently costs over $20 to produce that milk.Mostly because of fuel prices. Two farms here have just gone belly up.
Well a holstein will produce a lot more then a brown swiss...I guess I was going off of a holstein cow ... my dad sold all of his cows quite a few years back because he just wasnt making enough... he makes more at his current job and plants some crops more for a hobby. I hate it when I hear people complain about all of those "rich" farmers...lol havent met a "rich" one yet


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post #6 of 15 Old 08-28-2008, 12:05 PM
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we only go through a gallon every 10 days

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post #7 of 15 Old 08-28-2008, 12:17 PM
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I don't like milk. I buy 1/2 gallons for my cereal and I never finish them. My boyfriend on the other hand..when he's living here with me during school we go through at least a gallon every 2-3 days. And that's when he cuts back haha. At his house they all love milk and go through at least a gallon a day when his brother is home too.

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Remember too, that a cow will produce like gangbusters after the first week or so, building up in the first ninety days, then the rest of the lactation is down hill! Often with the last month or so getting milked more to ensure her health than for milk production. Then the cow needs to rest before her next calf, and will be out of action, so to speak, for 45-65 days.
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if you could handle goat milk they tend to produce 1/2 to a 1 gallon a day...just get two milking does and youd be set (plus finding a buck to keep her making babies)
I didn't think about how they have to have babies to keep producing milk. Not something I'd want to deal with. After everything you posted Dash, I guess it would be more cost effective to just keep buying the milk! I was just thinking about the Waltons and how they went out every morning and night and milked their cow. Piece of cake! Plus, we drink fat free milk. What's the process to making it fat free? I have an uncle and cousin who have dairy farms in Wisconsin. You'd think I'd know more about this.

Kickshaw, every 10 days?!

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post #9 of 15 Old 08-28-2008, 06:46 PM
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When living on my own, I probably get through about two pints per week, solely for cups of tea!

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post #10 of 15 Old 08-28-2008, 08:43 PM
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I drink about 1 gallon of Skim milk im about 4 days :) I love milk

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