are you stuck on cows? seems for your purposes, a goat or two might be a better choice (easier to handle/less milk/companionship)
Actually no. I began with considering getting goats. Everyone I have talked to (as in person) has discouraged me for different reasons. So I am investigating what it takes to have a cow. I do suspect that goats might be easier and with having 4 kids of our own, more enjoyable for the whole family.
I guess I need to try some goat milk to see if we like the taste, I can't say that I have tried it other than in goat cheese.