Milking Cows and Goats

It seems most people want a chance at milking a cow or a goat. How hard could it really be? Well, here's your chance to find out - and don't be fooled by those old movies where small kids make it look easy. There's an art to it.

 

You can find a number of farm stays around the country on cow dairies - some large and some small. There are others, usually with goats, producing milk for cheese made right on site. Learn to milk and learn to make cheese (or at least watch cheese being made), all while experiencing the lifestyle of the farmer.

 

Just as a heads up, dairies usually milk twice a day (every 12 hours). That looks like 5 AM and 5 PM or 6 AM and 6 PM or whatever the farmer has worked out for the livestock. Could mean some early rising, but then the rooster crows at daybreak anyway. It's all fun and it's all fresh, right on the farm!

 

 

(Photo Credit: Hull'o Farms NY)

Farm and Ranch Stay Activities: Milking

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Cold Moon Farm

Wake up in the morning to the sound of our rooster and enjoy a delicious hot breakfast prepared with our own farm eggs, freshly baked bread from Irene's oven, homemade Cold Moon Farm goat yogurt, and Cold Moon ...

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Location

Jamaica, Vermont

Rate

$400 - $400

Capacity

15
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Hull-O Farms

Since its 1779 post-Revolutionary War founding, only the Hull family has been keepers of the land now known as Hull-O Farms. For our family’s 200-plus years of dedication to our farming heritage, we have been recogni ...

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Location

Durham, New York

Rate

$130 - $130

Capacity

18
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Liberty Hill Farm Inn

At Liberty Hill Farm, we welcome you to experience a unique Vermont farm vacation! We milk 100 Holsteins cows, producing milk for the Cabot Creamery Cooperative. Liberty Hill Farm has been awarded Yankee Magazi ...

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Location

Rochester, Vermont

Rate

$132 - $132

Capacity

16
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Morning Song Farm

Come enjoy the farming life while staying in one of our beautifully appointed farmstay properties on our organic 20 acre fruit farm.The best of both worlds! Divide your vacation time between farm experiences; including butter chur ...

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Location

Rainbow, California

Rate

$145 - $205

Capacity

12
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Stony Pond Farm

Stony Pond Farm is a family-owned, certified organic farm specializing in supreme quality fluid milk and naturally raised 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef. Stewarded by Tyler & Melanie Webb, the farm is located in Fairfi ...

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Location

Enosburg Falls, Vermont

Rate

$200 - $200

Capacity

6
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Thus Far Farm

Our sustainable homestead is a true working farm. Here we raise animals, crops and grandkids as naturally as possible. Plus we have an assortment of housing for paying guests, because we like to share what we have and what we've ...

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Location

Westminster, South Carolina

Rate

$80 - $150

Capacity

26
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Toddy Pond Farm

The Toddy Pond Farm cottage is a warm and welcoming place rich with history and natural beauty. Situated on a 500+ acre working dairy farm, the cottage overlooks Toddy Pond and the mountains beyond. Enjoy these views and those of ...

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Location

Monroe, Maine

Rate

$195 - $260

Capacity

14
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Willow Creek Ranch Farm Stay - Farm Tours Mountain Ranch CA

EXPERIENCE Willow Creek Ranch Farm-stay in Mountain Ranch, California USA is a " Rustic, Back in Grandma's Day Farm" and is an affordable stay-cation for family, children and extended family. We offer you an "old fas ...

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Location

Mountain Ranch, California

Rate

$200 - $200

Capacity

8
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Willow Witt Ranch

Your adventure begins here! Choose the Farm Stay Studio, Deluxe Rustic Wall Tents, or the forested campground with tent sites nestled among the trees. Friendly goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, and livestock guardian ...

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Location

Ashland, Oregon

Rate

$200 - $225

Capacity

22
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Bliss Farm and Retreat

Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Bliss Farm is the place to relax, unwind, get in touch with nature and focus on inner bliss. Whether you’re looking for a short weekend visit to the Asheville area or in need of a pe ...

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Location

Barnardsville, North Carolina

Rate

$68 - $108

Capacity

5
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Brightwood Vineyard and Farm

Brightwood Vineyard and Farm is a 100-acre family farm in Madison County, Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  2016 marks our fifteenth year of business at Brightwood Vineyard and Farm! From our humble start, g ...

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Location

Brightwood, Virginia

Rate

$250 - $250

Capacity

10
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DaCy Meadow Farm NY

Heritage livestock, art, farm to table dining, beautiful accommodations, and a family friendly atmosphere. At DaCy Meadow Farm, we pride ourselves on insuring that our guests have a fun and memorable experience.There is a wonderfu ...

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Location

Westport, New York

Rate

$25 - $120

Capacity

16
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East Hill Farm -The Inn at

Located at the base of Mount Monadnock in the tranquil southwestern corner of New Hampshire, the Inn at East Hill Farm maintains its tradition as a destination resort where families and friends can meet in a re ...

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Location

Troy, New Hampshire

Rate

$135 - $157

Capacity

140
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Inn at Valley Farms

We are a multi-generational pasture-based farm raising a diverse array of livestock, small fruits, produce, flowers, and herbs allowing you to experience many different aspects of farm life all on one farm. Whe ...

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Location

Walpole, New Hampshire

Rate

$1850 - $1850

Capacity

28
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Lucky Goat Family Farm

We love to host families with children who are looking for a vacation in a rural setting on a small farm.  Each morning we begin our day with milking the goats, making cheese, checking the troughs, and watering the ...

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Location

Big Sur, California

Rate

$7000 - $7000

Capacity

11
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Mountain Farm

Mountain Farm is a lavender, blueberry and dairy goat farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina. We have farmed here for over 40 years and love the beautiful mountains, river, fields and woods where we raised o ...

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Location

Burnsville, North Carolina

Rate

$100 - $630

Capacity

9
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Pholia Farm Goat Cheese Dairy

Eco-Farm Stay in a super cute 1970 Airstream Land Yacht tucked away behind the hay barn on this off-the-power-grid goat cheese farm. The Airstream has a full length, covered front porch where you can watch goats, wil ...

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Location

Rogue River, Oregon

Rate

$89 - $89

Capacity

3
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A Tennessee Dude and Guest Ranch

Try our 'Old Fashioned Family Farm Stay' at the Tennessee Guest Ranch! Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Sequatchie Valley from every direction of the Tennessee Guest Ranch! Taste life as it was in the 1800's. Learn how to mi ...

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Location

Dunlap, Tennessee

Rate

$225 - $275

Capacity

20
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Caprikorn Farms

Caprikorn Farms is a working dairy goat farm, located in the Appalachian mountain foothills. Private accommodations are provided in the 3 bedroom tenant house. In addition to farm life we are located a short drive away from many a ...

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Location

Gapland, Maryland

Rate

$200 - $200

Capacity

6
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Country Cousins Farm

You are invited to come spend time with us on our dairy farm! Through hands-on experience you will be able to find out what life is like as a farmer. From early morning milkings, to evening feedings, you and yo ...

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Location

Evans Mills, New York

Rate

$15 - $100

Capacity

8
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Davis Farm

Looking for a unique getaway? We are a grass-based dairy snuggled into the heart of Jericho, Vermont, near the base of Mount Mansfield. We milk about 85 cows, and our farm features 242 acres of open pasture and wooded land. The Da ...

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Location

Jericho, Vermont

Rate

$250 - $1500

Capacity

6
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Dogwood Hills Guest Farm

Wake to the sounds of the Majestic Ozark mountains ... see the animals grazing in the fields just outside the bedroom windows and on the deck overlooking the rolling hills behind the cottage, enjoy the day rela ...

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Location

Harriet, Arkansas

Rate

$175 - $175

Capacity

8
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Emandal--A Farm on a River

Emandal is more than just a place on the map. Generations of families and friends have been coming to Emandal each summer for over 100 years, not only to relax and recreate, but to slow down, to escape from the press ...

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Location

Willits, California

Rate

$800 - $880

Capacity

70
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Full House Farm

Full House Farm is situated on 23 acres in Sebastopol, West Sonoma County, California. There are three turn-key vacation rentals, well placed at the top of the property for gorgeous sunset views and easy acc ...

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Location

Sebastopol, California

Rate

$115 - $225

Capacity

17
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Honey Hollow Farmstay

Come stay in our barn apartment right on the farm! Look out the window and see our Shetland ponies grazing, along with our Nubian goats and Shetland sheep.. Down a small hill from the private apartment and fire pit, there is a po ...

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Location

Earlton, New York

Rate

$150 - $150

Capacity

6
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Hummerhaven Farmstead

Hummerhaven Farmstead is 127 acres of woodland, pastures, planted fields, streams and 2 ponds.  Just 40 minutes northwest of Harrisburg -- 2 hours from Phila.--3 hours from Baltimore/Washington.  Our farm is tu ...

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Location

Millerstown, Pennsylvania

Rate

$95 - $95

Capacity

20
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Mountain Goat Lodge

We are a six room bed and breakfast lodge just outside of Salida, CO. Our dairy goats provide us with fresh milk for both drinking and for the production of homemade cheese and yogurt. Our free ranging hens provide us with delicio ...

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Location

Salida, Colorado

Rate

$168 - $202

Capacity

28
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Rinconada Dairy Farm

Our dairy was founded in 1999 with eight East Friesian ewes, one ram sired by a national champion and the dream of creating handcrafted sheep milk cheese. Over the years of careful tending, the flock has grown ...

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Location

Santa Margarita, California

Rate

$225 - $225

Capacity

6
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Serenity Sheep Farm Stay

Located between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier, we offer 2 wagons or tent space! Come and enjoy the serenity we call home. Nestled in the Gallatin Valley just walking distance to the East Gallatin River. We ...

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Location

Belgrade, Montana

Rate

$99 - $99

Capacity

9
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Spiritwind Farm LLC

100 AC, Beautiful and private historic farm in southern Maine, 30 mins to ocean and 40 mins to mountains. I raise English Shire horses, Nubian goats and Nigerian goats, chickens, and pigs. Delicious Chevre cheese and luxurious g ...

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Location

Lebanon, Maine

Rate

$100 - $100

Capacity

8
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Stony Creek Farmstead

Stony Creek Farm is located in the NW corner of the Catskill Mountains in Walton, NY. In 2005 Kate and Dan returned (from travels abroad and life in the city) to the farm to raise authentic, sustainable food for the ...

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Location

Walton, New York

Rate

$200 - $200

Capacity

36
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Three Sparrows Farm

A taste of the simple life. Enjoy farm-fresh eggs, and goat milk from our adorable Mini-Mancha goats, during your stay in our charming cabin. We've often been told an afternoon on the porch here is like a littl ...

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Location

Prescott, Arizona

Rate

$129 - $129

Capacity

6
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Verdant View Farm

Conveniently located in the heart of Lancaster County's Amish country, Verdant View Farm is the perfect setting for visitors to explore a family-operated farm, interact with farm animals, enjoy local hospitality, and taste homegro ...

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Location

Paradise, Pennsylvania

Rate

$169 - $169

Capacity

31
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Hamilton Farm - Barred Owl Creamery

Welcome to Hamilton Farm and Barred Owl Creamery and Catering! We are an organic, family-run farm focusing on simple living and sustainability. From a rustic cabin retreat to cheesemaking workshops, from organic turkeys to hand- ...

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Location

Whitefield, Maine

Rate

$95 - $95

Capacity

4
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Apple Pond Farm

Callicoon Center, New York
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Asgaard Farm and Dairy

Au Sable Forks, New York
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Badger Hill Farm

New Boston, Missouri
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Briar Rose Farm

Hot Springs, North Carolina
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Butternut Farm

Glastonbury, Connecticut
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CornerStone Farm

Red Oak, Virginia
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Dancing Winds Farm

Kenyon, Minnesota
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Eby's Farm Bed and Breakfast

Gordonville, Pennsylvania
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Enota Mountain Retreat

Hiawassee, Georgia
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Farmstead Lodging

Fredericksburg, Ohio
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Herds Inn at Hedgebrook Farm

Winchester, Virginia
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High Breeze Farm

Highland Lakes, New Jersey
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Home Nest Farm

Fayette, Maine
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Homestead Guesthouse

New Holland, Pennsylvania
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Morrill Farm

Sumner, Maine
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Puddin Ridge

Greers Ferry, Arkansas
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Rainbow Ridge Farms

Onalaska, Wisconsin
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Schantz Haus

Davidsville, Pennsylvania
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SleepyGoat Farm and Cheese

Pelham, North Carolina
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Stone and Thistle Farm

East Meredith, New York
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Stone Turtle - Lodging

Lawton, Oklahoma
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The Plowshare Homestead

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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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Turtle Rock Ranch

Glenrock, Wyoming
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Wood Guest Ranch

Boswell, Oklahoma

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