Posted Mar 13, 2014
We acquired Bossy (original, huh) from my brother-in-law. She was always really gentle, although we did hobble her when milking. She was very cold tolerant and, as we live in southwestern Wyoming, that was good. 30 to 40 degrees below 0 was par for the course, in the winter time. She was an excellent mother and didn't have any trouble, at all, calving. She gave us almost 3 gallons of milk a day.
The only thing is, if you milk a cow twice a day, daily, you WILL get Popeye arms. My middle son did the milking (he got out of dishes) and he was pretty thin, except for his lower arms, which were very muscled up. I guess that's the price you pay for getting out of dishes! Bossy was so good with him. I would have no problem recommending a Holstein if you want a good milk cow.