We don't need much milk - maybe 1.5 gallons per weeks but will be making cheese and butter and yogurt etc. I had wanted a Dexter before but settled for goats and not happy I did, though the milk tastes the same. I'm selling my goats and going to start looking for a Dexter. The prices really fluctuate on them however from $400 - $2500 from what I've seen. And they are not as easy to find as a Jersey around here. Can I reasonably expect to use just a little milk and let her calf take care of the rest? How long will a calf nurse and then how much longer will a cow lactate? Thanks for helping me.