For many reasons, we decided to sell our cows and switch from half-beef to full dairy breeds. The main reason is that a dairy cow eats a lot less per gallon of milk produced than a beef cow - even one that is half-beef, yet gives the same amount of milk.
A dairy breed is more likely to have health problems and not be as hardy, but our family drinks a lot of milk, and they are more profitable if you need them to give you a lot of milk cheaply. We sold Blessing and Delight and Delight's calf Adam to a friend of ours who raises beef cows. We sold Caramel, Blessing's heifer, to someone near Kamiah. It was sad saying good bye to them, but we already had some new dairy cows (my and dad's Christmas presents) picked out, so it was not as hard. We can still go see them. Unfortunately we did not take any pictures of loading them up.
Josh: Founder, father