Dairy cows can be purchased in person at cattle stock auctions or through classified advertisements. Classified ads may be available in local print publications, especially those in rural areas with a large number of dairy farms, or on designated online classified sites dedicated to buying and selling livestock.
When purchasing cattle from a stock barn, be prepared to bid for the cow in a rapid-fire auction. It is advisable to outline a budget ahead of time to avoid paying too much for the animal. When buying a cow through a classified ad, plan to work directly with the seller to arrange payment and transport of the animal.