dairy cattle is one of the most rewarding activities in the world of
agriculture. Cattle, specifically cows, are the most readily available
sources of milk for dairy products, at least in the United States. You
can raise cows that produce milk for your own consumption or for selling
to others. The extensive assortment of dairy products available
today—from kitchen essentials like butter and cheese to childhood
favorites like ice cream and chocolate—means there is a huge and widely
diverse market into which farmers and distributors can venture in the
hope of generating sizable returns. Before you go into the business of
raising dairy cattle, however, you must first be mindful of these
1. Dairy cows need larger areas of fine pasture than other types of
cattle do. For a dairy cow to be able to produce milk, it needs a
minimum of one acre of fine pasture all to itself. Since cows tend to
wander seemingly aimlessly, you can use a fence made from stands of
barbwire with or without an additional strand of electric fence to keep
them within that acre of pasture where you wish them to be. This is an
especially important consideration if you have a large farm and you
don’t want your dairy cows going into the food meant for other animals.
Consuming an entirely different set of nutrients could adversely affect
the quality of the milk they produce.
2. Water is an essential component of raising dairy cattle. Dairy cows
produce fresh milk of superior quality if they consume the right amount
of clean water as part of their daily diet. Regardless of the size of
your farm, your cows must always have access to fresh water. Unless your
farm is situated beside a freshwater river, lake, or stream, you may opt
to have a reservoir complete with filtration equipment installed on your
property. You can even harvest rainwater as an alternative option if you
live in an area that experiences precipitation for much of the year
though different states have different laws regarding rainwater
harvesting for any purpose (In Colorado, for example, you cannot have
any means of collecting rainwater installed on your property without
first securing a permit from the State).
3. Raising dairy cattle becomes most difficult during the winter months.
Pasture is useless when it is frozen so it is necessary to have abundant
supplies of alternative food sources such as hay. Even if each cow needs
to consume no less than 15 pounds of hay every day when no fresh grass
is available, the former does not have as many nutrients. You can
augment your cows’ diet with crushed corn or any other nutritional
Raising dairy cattle is indeed a profitable business, but since you’ll
be dealing with living, breathing creatures, you need to pay extra close
attention to all of the animals in your care. You must take the
necessary steps to ensure your cows are always healthy enough to produce
the milk that could either nourish you and your family or make more
money for you.
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