Keeping a Family Cow
The Complete Guide for Home-Scale, Holistic Dairy Producers
Foreword by Jack Lazor
"Joann Grohman is level-headed and sure-footed when it comes to helping families build a lasting partnership with a homestead cow. Her work remains an important reference for anyone considering bringing these gentle creatures into their lives."
—Shannon Hayes, Author of Long Way on a Little, The Farmer and the Grill, The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook, and Radical Homemakers.
The cow is the most productive, efficient creature on earth. She gives you fresh milk, cream, butter, and cheese, and promotes human health and happiness. She helps the homesteaders and small farmers who offer her bounty up to the community with a chance at turning a profit. She provides rich manure for your garden or land, and enriches the quality of your life as you benefit from the resources of the natural world.
Originally published in the early 1970s as The Cow Economy and reprinted many times since, Keeping a Family Cow is the book that launched thousands of holistic small-scale dairy farmers and families raising healthy cows in accordance with their true nature.
This Chelsea Green edition of a nearly forty-year-old classic has been revised and updated to incorporate new information on the raw milk debate, the conversation about A1 vs. A2 milk, totally grassfed dairies, practical advice for everyday chores, updated procedures for cow emergencies, and more.
The book offers answers to frequently asked first-time questions, such as: “Should I get a cow?” and “How much space do I need?” In addition to answering these important questions, the book provides extensive information on:
- The health benefits of untreated milk;
- How to milk a cow effectively and with ease;
- Choosing a dairy breed;
- Drying off your cow;
- Details on calving and breeding;
- The importance of hay quality and how to feed your cow properly;
- Fencing and pasture management;
- Housing, water systems, and other supplies;
- Treating milk fever and other diseases and disorders; and,
- Making butter, yogurt, and cheese.
Keeping a Family Cow not only has stood the test of time, but it remains the go-to inspirational manual for raising a family milk cow—nearly forty years after its first publication. Joann Grohman has a lifetime of practical experience that has been bound into this one volume and presented in the spirit of fun and learning. She started milking cows in 1975 and says she can no longer imagine life without one. Health and happiness can’t be teased apart, Grohman says, and a family dairy cow supports both of these essential life qualities.