Find out all you need to know to keep a house cow for the modern homestead.
Join Critter Care’s milkmaid Tamara at our property in Toogoolawah, SE QLD and learn how to milk and handle cows with Tallulah the Jersey and Arwen the British White; plus feeding, cleaning, handling, and the pros and cons of different breeds. Discover the benefits of cruelty-free calf sharing with Nimue, Arwen’s calf. Treat yourself to our range of top quality Mad Millie cheesemaking supplies and kits. Enjoy lunch in the tranquillity of the Somerset countryside, then return to the paddock for lessons on training techniques, breeding, health and more. Finish up and bring home a slew of recipes and information that will leave you ready to delve into owning your very own family cow, and all the joy and health benefits that come with her!
The first half of the workshop runs through the full process of milking, from preparation to clean up. During the second half we will take a closer look at the finer points of cattle husbandry.
Learn simple methods for teaching a cow to lead, how to train calves for the foundations of a future house cow, plus troubleshooting tips for unruly behaviour. Get info on breeding, pregnancy testing and the signs of an impending calf.
Relax and enjoy a light and nutritious vegetarian lunch and refreshments. This is also the perfect opportunity to ask any specific questions you may have. You will also be free to sample some of our complimentary, fresh homemade dairy products! Depending on what we’ve made at the time, this may include yoghurt, labne (Greek yoghurt flavoured with herbs), fetta, ricotta, or other goodies.
Whether you are just considering getting a cow, a new owner who is not quite sure what to do with this whole house cow business, or a seasoned pro looking to meet up with other enthusiasts and maybe learn a thing or two… this workshop is sure to have something for everyone!
For groups of 3+ use coupon code group10 to get 10% off!
|Introduction||Preparing to Milk||All About Raw Milk||Training Techniques||Final Q&A|
|Safely Handling Cattle||Milking - How to Milk By Hand||What to Make with Milk||Troubleshooting Bad Habits||Take-Home Goodies Handout|
|Sharing with a Calf||Filtering & Bottling||LUNCH - Q&A||Breeding||Finish!|
|Different Breeds - Dairy vs Dual Purpose||How to Store Milk||Buying Your First Cow||Calving|
|Milking Equipment||Washing Up||Feed & Nutrition||Health & Welfare||*Times given are estimates only|
Stay the Weekend
Enjoy the workshop at a 50% discount when you stay the weekend in our Club Verdigris Retreat, or FREE when you stay 3+ days! We offer luxurious rural accommodation with the choice of 3 rooms. With limited spaces available, book now to secure your weekend away! Once you’ve booked, just send me an email with your booking details and I will give you a coupon to book the workshop at the specially discounted rate.
If you’re unable to make it to the workshop, have a particularly large group or you’re looking for more one-on-one guidance on navigating the ins-and-outs of cow ownership, we can arrange a personal consultation with you at Critter Care, where I will walk through the full milking process with you as per the normal workshop, and also cover any specific topics you may be interested in. We can also cater to students and tour groups. By special arrangement I may also be able to come out to your farm and guide you through the milking process of your own cow and give you advice on how to improve your routine etc. Please email me for an obligation free quote and details.
We have lived on our 40 acre Somerset hobby farm for 13+ years. Making ourselves more self sustainable and healthy was always a goal for my family, and a cow had been on the cards for a long time. Finally, in February 2013, we bought Tallulah, a dainty jersey, and her heifer calf Ginger. I thought I had prepared myself but there were still a lot of bumps in the road at first. Thankfully a couple of nearby house cow owners came and helped me out. Since then I’ve read, watched, and spoken with many a homesteader about every aspect of cow ownership. Along with plenty of personal experience, I soak up all the knowledge I can about cows. I got my second house cow in February this year – Arwen, a gorgeous British White. Now that I am a confident and knowledgeable milkmaid, things were much easier and Arwen settled into house cow life right away.
But in the beginning, having real people show me what to do in-person helped more than any website, which is what inspired me to run my own workshops.
Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures. – Thomas de Quincey
Milking a house cow was one of the most important aspects of life on a farm in the olden days. Now as the trend in self sustainability booms and people are returning to their roots, house cows are making a big comeback. However, since the age-old traditions have stopped being passed down from generation to generation, it can be puzzling to figure out all the complexities of keeping a cow. My intention in running these workshops is to gather all of the information into one, easy to digest course which will provide people with an in-depth and hands-on look at the milking process, and how to care for cows.
- Bookings will close 12 hours prior to the workshop.
- We depart for the paddock at 11:15am sharp so please arrive early to orient yourself, but should you happen to arrive late, someone will point you in the right direction to join the tour.
- Closed shoes are required; preferably boots, sneakers or the like to protect your toes from wandering hooves!
- Dress sensibly for the weather as most of the workshop takes place outside in the open.
- Children are welcome however since the workshop is quite long and involves a lot of talking, we suggest it is appropriate for kids age 10 and older. If you have young children we may be able to accommodate them, please contact us first. Remember Critter Care is a farm with large livestock and not a petting zoo, so for their safety children must be closely supervised by their parent or guardian at all times.
- We will do our best to ensure the hands-on experience, but in the case of inclement weather the workshop will be held inside with a presentation instead.
- Our event is covered by public liability insurance. Safety is of the utmost importance to us and we take great care and attention to detail to ensure that we provide safe areas in which visitors can engage themselves in the activities. Every visitor to our property is required to complete a waiver & release form as a requirement of our insurance company.
- Minimum 4 guests, maximum 15 guests per workshop.
- Cancellations Charges:
If you wish to cancel your booking, please email us at email@example.com.
~ If notice is received 10+ days prior to Workshop, a 100% refund is issued, there is no charge.
~ If notice is received 10 to 3 days prior to Workshop, loss of 50% of the total booking price.
~ If cancellation made within 3 days of Workshop, loss of 75% of the total booking price.
~ Noshows or early departures will not receive refunds.
~ For accommodation bookings, cancellations are handled as per the Club Verdigris cancellation policy.