We are soon to be FINALLY owners of our own property. We want to be as self sufficient as possible, growing veg, putting in an orchard and having our own cows etc for meat. I would also like to have a house cow to have milk, make butter and have cream. I really like the idea of a jersey for the butterfat content but we have also been looking into the smaller breeds as a dual purpose type cow, ie breed for meat and use the mother for milk.
I have milked cows before but not owned one. Does anyone have any experiences they'd like to share with owning a house cow and what to look out for?