I'm back to dreaming again. I've been pondering on the ideal of owning a milk cow for our own needs. I grew up milking a milk cow. We had a milk cow and raised her offsprings for either the freezer or extra feed money. Back then we had about 30 acres of pasture and woodlot to run them on. After I grew up we sold the cows as I was the last kid on the small farm and only had one parent, my mom. When I left for college that was the end of my milking days. Hadn't milked a cow since (27 years ago) but am pondering on it once again. My problem is that I only own 2 acres and the house and lawn takes up one of them. I do have access to some more wooded acreage bordering mine but I would have to build a lot of fencing. So I'm wondering just what is the least amount of acreage I could get by with for a good milk cow? Also, about the artificial insimination, how much does something like that cost as I think I would rather do that instead of taking her to somewhere for breeding?