Before buying a cow, there are several factors to take into consideration, including breed and purpose of cow, allotted budget and materials, and finding a legitimate breeder. Making the decision to purchase and raise a cow presents a unique set of advantages, including the potential to make money and ensuring where the meat or dairy is coming from.
Decide on what breed of cattle you are looking for and if the cow is to be raised for dairy or meat. Also, take into consideration the age, weight and sex of the cow, as these factors influence the purpose of the cow. Prepare a budget and think of your time constraints and how much you are willing to invest in the cow.
Some breeds require more upkeep than others. Do your research on breeders and auctioneers. Make sure they have a good reputation and healthy cattle. Ask to examine the cow before making a purchase decision, and look for a cow in good health and condition. Make sure to develop good rapport with the breeder. They should be willing to negotiate a price with you, and remember to stay within your budget constraints. Once the deal has been made, you should be sure to have adequate transportation to move the cow, proper habitat for the cow and access to a good veterinarian.