How Now, Mignon Cow?

August 27, 2008

You’re a green eater. You buy local beets, local honey, local babka. Now, take the local food moovement one step further with your own miniature cow! Via London’s Times Online:

For between £200 and £2,000, people can buy a cow that stands no taller than a large German shepherd dog, gives 16 pints of milk a day that can be drunk unpasteurised, keeps the grass “mown” and will be a family pet for years before ending up in the freezer.

The Dexter, a cow that originated as a “cottager’s cow” in south Ireland in the 1800s, is twitterpating both city slickers and small ranchers alike, according to the Dexter Cattle Society: UK registrations of these bantam bovines have doubled in the past eight years.

Seems reasonable to me; not only do the cows crop the grass (goodbye, gas-powered mower!), they provide backyard-local dairy and, for the carnivores, a fine flank steak. While I’m not sure that in-city cattle farming is legal in Seattle — what with the methane and the lowing and (ahem) cow pies — I’m all for sustainability. Plus, with a herd of tiny kine, I could re-enact Lonesome Dove on a Living Small scale. Cattle drive, anyone?

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5 Responses to “How Now, Mignon Cow?”

  1. core said

    Wow! My uncle has some of these on his farm, but it didn’t cross my mind to have just one or two if you live in the right place.

  2. I know, right? Having a “cottager’s cow” sounds pretty good to me.

  3. Emily said

    Cow pies can also go in the compost pile to become fertilizer, too.

    I always preferred picking up livestock poo (horse girl, here!) to dog poo. It may be bigger, but you get to stand much further back with a shovel!

  4. Truer words were never spoken, Emily.

  5. […] if you can localize your milk and grow your own lemons, you’re on the road to an even greener food-making whey. (Sorry — […]

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