What is the approximate average going price for a Jersey? We are going to begin getting raw milk from a Mennonite family that owns a dairy, but when we toured their farm we realized that their cows were mainly Jerseys (with a few Jersey/Holstein crosses in there as well). If I can convince my father that it's a good idea, I'm thinking of approaching them and seeing if they would have any stock for sale. I've heard quite a few people mention the idea of purchasing a cow that is no longer productive enough for the commercial dairy, but which would still produce enough milk for a small family (we're three, and if there was enough, there's also two of my grandparents). Does anyone have any experience with the going price on an older cow from a dairy? Also, what about breed crosses to a Jersey cow? I would assume that it would be smartest for us to breed to a Jersey bull to start off with, as this would be likely to cause the fewest complications. However, what other crosses have been tried that are not too tough on the cow? We have two Hereford beef cattle farms on either end of our road - has anyone ever succesfully crossed a Jersey cow to a Hereford bull (AI, of course)? If the resulting calf was a heifer, was it any good for milk production? There is also a new farm that has gone in a few streets up from us with Highland cattle, and from what I've heard from the neighbors, they are grass-raised. Has anyone ever crossed a Jersey cow to a Highland bull? And again, if the resulting calf was a heifer, was it a good producer? My last question isn't directly related to Jerseys but I didn't want to have to start another thread - the farmer's daughter (a friend of mine) at the dairy said that we could probably get a newborn steer to bottle-raise, for only around $10, because to them the steers are cheap, as they are only Jerseys and not a beef breed. I have heard that Jersey steers raised on their mother's milk are good eating due to the high butterfat content, but what about a steer that has been bottle-fed? As far as bottle-feeding goes, how quickly can you transition a calf over to grass? All right, I think that those are all of my questions at this point in time. Thank you all in advance for your help!