Today we put a deposit down on a 6yo jersey cow. She is due to calf the first of August, and is retiring from a 50-head dairy farm. I could not get anybody around here to talk to me about a family cow. Everybody in my area ( NW Ohio) milks commercial Holsteins, and you're nuts just for asking. We are paying $1200 for this girl and need to drive 4 hrs to pick her up. I felt like I was getting a fair price. The last guy I talked to wanted $3800 for his registered bred jerseys. Now I've got the jitters. But can't wait for homemade ice cream.