So I live in an intensely rural area, no neighbors for several miles in any direction, I've got free range law and am trying to decide on a dairy animal (between a couple goats or a cow), my question is will a cow come back daily at a consistent time if I supply it's only water source?? I've got lots of ways of getting my goats to come back but don't have personal experience with free ranging a dairy cow.
I’m standing in the dirt,
Just a sweatin’ in my shirt.
Got another days work, to get done..
Sounds like you're set up to try it! Cows are curious and will wander, but also like the familiar most of the time. You might tray a small pen with milking area for a week with feedings, and gradually open up the outside during daytime only (between milkings). And get her used to a food call!