I have been toying with the idea of buying a cow so that we could have our own raw milk. Raw milk cannot be bought or sold in Virginia so I either have to buy cow shares or the cow. Since buying the cow shares is a long term commitment anyway, I thought maybe I would go ahead and buy my own cow since we have a stable and six and a half acres of nice pastureland. My neighbor used to milk goats and would be willing to take care of the cow if I had to be away. So, my question is, how much should I expect to pay for a bred cow?