I know this may seem ridiculous to some, but I really want a family cow. Yes I have done all the research and know how hard it will be. I know they have to be milked twice a day, everyday, including Christmas and Easter Sunday. I also know how healthy raw milk is for you and just love the idea of having my own to drink. I want to learn how to make cheese and I already know how to make butter, yogurt and sour cream. I have read about this subject for some time now and plan to get a newborn Jersey to bottle feed at some point. I think spring time would be best for starting one out. That way it will be warmer for a baby to be without it's mother and we will be able to spend more time with it.
The other day, I got to experience milking a sweet Jersey named Bell. I was traveling down a country road and saw her in a pasture. You don't normally see dairy cows around here, so I stopped in to find a friendly homeschool family. They sell eggs from their chickens and share Bell with another family. Each family takes their turn at milking her, one in the morning and one in the evening. They said it was milking time and I got to help! I was so excited to really know what it is like to milk a cow.
Now I know I want one! :o)