I live in the north Gilbert area, and was wondering if anyone would be interested in a milk "cow-op." The idea is that we share a milk cow. This means we share the cost of a cow & setup (we have the space), share the milking and cleaning duties, and share the product, which is raw, non-homogenized milk. It would work something like this:
I don't know what all this would add up to yet, but it will definitely be less than keeping a personal cow. If there's enough interest, I'll research the costs to see if it's feasible.
The way we're thinking about this, the membership can be sold, so the initial funds can be recouped if you decide not to continue.
Each contributor would be assigned times to milk & clean, based on their membership.
If you're interested or have any questions, please respond to this post or email me at FarmAndGarden@i4ie.com.