Sustained milking and unnatural gestation are just one problem with modern milk. Our modern dairy foods not only have excess hormones, they also lack Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids due to an unnatural diet and no pasture time, come from highly medicated cows, and don't even ask my opinion about rGBH, CAFOs and manure disposal. We really don't want to go into all that.
I've been doing some research and, while I love the idea of a hairy coo (Scottish Highlander) I'm just not sure about all that shagginess about the milking area. I think we want one of these - A Canadienne.
Lovely creatures, hardy, good browsers, small, great milk for cheese, pleasant dispositions and good meat-makers, too. Plus, the breed originates in the same place as about a quarter of my ancestors - how could it be wrong?