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Getting a Cow
Initially, the only way you can obtain a cow is by buying one from Brownie Ranch. They cost 4500 G, and will be a calf when purchased. The calf will take one full season (28 days) to mature, and will not produce any milk before that.
You can also breed your own cows, with a Cow Miracle Potion, also purchasable from Brownie Ranch. Each Cow Miracle Potion costs 2100 G, and using it on an adult cow will impregnate it. Your impregnated cow will give birth to a calf in 14 days. I will be fully grown in a season and live about 6 years.
Each cow can be one of three colors: black, brown, or black-and-white. Whether your cow is bought or bred, the color of its coat will be completely random (i.e. a black cow may or may not give birth to a black calf; it has equal chances of mothering a brown or black-and-white cow).
Unlike some titles in the Harvest Moon series, your cow's appearance will not have any effect on the milk it produces.
For the best milk you should graze your cow(s) on sunny days. On non-sunny days feed them fodder. You can also hand feed your cows to raise their affection. Brushing your cow also raises its affection, you can purchase a brush from Brownie Ranch. You should also talk to them daily to increase their hearts.
Once your Cow is old enough to produce milk, they will start with giving you Decent Milk, as their affection rises they will move up to Good, Perfect, and finally Shining Milk. You can make Butter and Cheese with the milk you get from cows. To make Butter/Cheese you have to put it in a maker that you can buy at the General Store. The quality of the Butter/Cheese will be the same as the quality of the Milk used to make it. It becomes more valuable once made into butter or cheese.