We are going to be adding a family cow to our homestead, Lord willing. Can someone give me an idea of the regular costs involved? We hope to find a good, healthy cow that is reasonably priced. What items are "must haves" for home-milking? What are the usual veterinary costs? One huge blessing for us is that we have a nice, fenced pasture of about 8 acres, and also we receive an annual gift from my father of 2 tons of alfalfa hay. Our cow will be sharing the pasture and hay with one very spoiled and loved welsh mountain pony. We have already figured that a cow should save us about $1000 annually in dairy products purchased at the store, now we are trying to estimate what usual annual costs are of keeping a milk cow. Thanks for your help!