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I'll probably have to have a beef cow also. The milk cow has to be pregnant every year. Enough land to grow hay would be nice. I'm looking for 20+ acres farm plus some woods.Could be right, about 1.5 acres for beef cows and depends on how you manage your pasture and the amount of forage on it.
Milk cows do different protien profiles iirc.
The quality of forage and hay is going to determine milk production.
Depending on the temp in winter and how much my cows eat a day is a gauge.
If too much is shit on and laid on one day I cut back. And depending on bale size, i can feed a dense packed alfalfa bale less a day than a light weight grass only bale. I feed mine everyday in new spot to spread manure and watch consumption.
There is a death triangle on a cow , if you are behind the cow, its left side just in front of hip bones up towards spine, if that triangle is sunk in and visible, it most likely means that cow aint full, I think it's part of a chamber of stomachs or rumen , I forget which. I watch that too to make sure I'm feeding enough. Depends on where you are hay can be very expensive.
Cows are also herd animals, the reason I dont have 1, is they need other cows to be happy, I want no cortisol and happy meat.