Cows, Jersey Cows, and Yaks
The first animal you'll have on your farm is a Cow. Dunhill will have Neil deliver your first cow to your farm on Spring 9 of your first year. Cows will produce milk that you can sell or, later in the game, convert to butter, cheese, and yogurt by using the Fermenter in the maker shed.
There are three types of cows in A New Beginning:
- The standard Cow unlocks on Spring 9. If you want more, go to Neil's shop and buy another for 10,000 G. Neil sells three styles of normal cows: one with a mostly black face, one with black spots on its eyes, and a third that has black spots on its cheeks. Neil will sell one style each time you open his shop inventory, so if he is offering the style you don't want, simply exit his shop and enter again to see if he changes his offered style.
- The Jersey Cow produces Jersey Milk that sells for more than the standard Cow Milk. Jersey Cows become available at Neil's shop starting in Fall of year 2 or after you have three standard Cow births on your farm. Animal births from the bubble-style Cow you can receive from the Cow Festival does not count towards unlocking the Jersey before Fall of year 2. Jersey Cows come in two styles, all brown or brown-spotted, and will cost 11,500 G each.
- Lastly, the Yak is available once you reach Winter of your first year; it doesn't have an alternate requirement like the Jersey Cow. Each Yak will cost 20,000 G and it can't be impregnated. Yak Milk sells for more than Milk or Jersey Milk, and it only comes in a grey-blue color.
There is also a classic Harvest Moon bubble-cow from the Cow Festival. The bubble-cow produces regular Milk and will always be the grand prize at the Cow Festival, even if you already have one. The bubble-cow can be bred to have baby bubble-cows if you don't want to wait until the next Cow Festival to have more bubblies.
Neil will give you a Milker to use on your cows. You can collect milk from cows every day, as long as the cow's stress level isn't too high. If you increase your cows' productivity by feeding them Treats and Cow Treats, you can get up to a maximum of 5 milk per cow per day. To increase productivity by one level, you will need to give 7 Treats and 24 Cow Treats to a standard Cow, 4 Treats and 27 Cow Treats to a Jersey Cow, and 4 Treats and 45 Cow Treats to receive an additional milk from the Yak. You can only give one treat per cow per day.
To reach the maximum 5-product level though, your cow will need to be super-sized! The increase in size and the ability to produce 5 products are tied together; the cow won't reach a bigger size unless you've fed it enough treats, and it won't produce 5 products until it is a larger size. So to reach the 5-product level:
- Feed it enough treats to reach the next level after level 4
- Have the cow between 9 to 10 hearts of friendship
- The cow has spend 1000 hours of time outside the barn on your farm
If you have pets herding your cows, reaching 1000 hours of outside time won't be a problem. Pets will herd animals at 7:00 am and bring them back in at 5:00 pm, which gives the cow 10 hours of grazing time. After 100 days of being herded, the cow will naturally have the necessary 1000 hours.
If the cow drops below 9 hearts, it won't shrink back to its original size or stop producing 5 products.
To have your cow produce Great quality products it needs to spend approximately 50 hours at Neil's Animal Sanctuary. It's actually a little less because you'll get a 1-hour credit for simply sending your cows to the sanctuary. Trips to the sanctuary will cost 100 G per animal, and it is the only thing you can do that day until either you leave and take your animals home, or Neil kicks you out automatically at 9:00 pm. Once a cow begins to produce Great products, it will continue to until it dies.
Breeding and Life Spans
You can breed Cows and Jersey Cows by going to Neil's Animal Shop and selecting the option to impregnate. A pregnant cow will stay inside your barn for 20 days, and the baby cow will have half the friendship hearts as its mother. You can breed the bubble-style Cow but you can't breed the Yak.
A baby cow will take 20 days to grow into an adult cow.
Cows will naturally pass away when they become too old. The more friendship the cow has, the less of a chance that it will die in the morning when you wake up. Cows, Jersey Cows, and Yaks have a minimum life span of 3 years and a maximum life span of 8 years. If you save your game the night before, and your animal dies, reload your save game and go to bed to see if it survives the next morning.
|Name||Maker Shed Recipe||Profit (1 Star to 5 Star)|
|Milk||---||240 G | 320 G | 400 G | 480 G | 560 G|
|Great Milk||---||720 G | 960 G | 1200 G | 1440 G | 1680 G|
|Jersey Milk||---||480 G | 640 G | 800 G | 960 G | 1120 G|
|Great Jersey Milk||---||1440 G | 1920 G | 2400 G | 2880 G | 3360 G|
|Yak Milk||---||840 G | 1120 G | 1400 G | 1680 G | 1960 G|
|Great Yak Milk||---||2520 G | 3360 G | 4200 G | 5040 G | 5800 G|
|Cheese||Milk||252 G | 336 G | 420 G | 504 G | 588 G|
|Great Cheese||Great Milk||756 G | 1008 G | 1260 G | 1512 G | 1764 G|
|Jersey Cheese||Jersey Milk||504 G | 672 G | 840 G | 1008 G | 1176 G|
|Great Jersey Cheese||Great Jersey Milk||1512 G | 2016 G | 2520 G | 3024 G | 3528 G|
|Yak Cheese||Yak Milk||888 G | 1184 G | 1480 G | 1776 G | 2072 G|
|Great Yak Cheese||Great Yak Milk||2652 G | 3536 G | 4420 G | 5304 G | 6188 G|
|Herb Cheese||Milk + herb||288 G | 384 G | 480 G | 576 G | 672 G|
|Great Herb Cheese||Great Milk + herb||792 G | 1056 G | 1320 G | 1584 G | 1848 G|
|Jersey Herb Cheese||Jersey Milk + herb||540 G | 720 G | 900 G | 1080 G | 1260 G|
|Great J. Herb Cheese||Great Jersey Milk + herb||1548 G | 2064 G | 2580 G | 3096 G | 3612 G|
|Yak Herb Cheese||Yak Milk + herb||924 G | 1232 G | 1540 G | 1848 G | 2156 G|
|Great Y. Herb Cheese||Great Yak Milk + herb||2688 G | 3584 G | 4480 G | 5376 G | 6272 G|
|Yogurt||Milk + Mint||264 G | 352 G | 440 G | 528 G | 616 G|
|Great Yogurt||Great Milk + Mint||792 G | 1056 G | 1320 G | 1584 G | 1848 G|
|Name||Required Ingredients||Profit (1 Star to 5 Star)|
|Jersey Yogurt||Jersey Milk + Mint||528 G | 704 G | 880 G | 1056 G | 1232 G|
|Great Jersey Yogurt||Great Jersey Milk + Mint||1584 G | 2112 G | 2640 G | 3168 G | 3696 G|
|Yak Yogurt||Yak Milk + Mint||924 G | 1232 G | 1540 G | 1848 G | 2156 G|
|Great Yak Yogurt||Great Yak Milk + Mint||2772 G | 3696 G | 4620 G | 5544 G | 6468 G|
|Fruit Yogurt||Milk + Aloe + Banana + Peach||624 G | 832 G | 1040 G | 1248 G | 1456 G|
|Great Fruit Yogurt||Great Milk + Aloe + Banana + Peach||1152 G | 1536 G | 1920 G | 2304 G | 2688 G|
|Jersey Fruit Yogurt||Jersey Milk + Aloe + Orange + Apple||888 G | 1184 G | 1480 G | 1776 G | 2072 G|
|Grt. J. Fruit Yogurt||Great Jersey Milk + Aloe + Orange + Apple||1944 G | 2592 G | 3240 G | 3888 G | 4536 G|
|Yak Fruit Yogurt||Yak Milk + honey + Grape + Kiwi + Cherry||1284 G | 1712 G | 2140 G | 2568 G | 2996 G|
|Grt. Y. Fruit Yogurt||Great Yak Milk + honey + Grape + Kiwi + Cherry||3132 G | 4176 G | 5220 G | 6264 G | 7308 G|
|Butter||Milk + Oil||264 G | 352 G | 440 G | 528 G | 616 G|
|Great Butter||Great Milk + Oil||792 G | 1056 G | 1320 G | 1584 G | 1848 G|
|Jersey Butter||Jersey Milk + Oil||528 G | 704 G | 880 G | 1056 G | 1232 G|
|Great Jersey Butter||Great Jersey Milk + Oil||1584 G | 2112 G | 2640 G | 3168 G | 3696 G|
|Yak Butter||Yak Milk + Oil||924 G | 1232 G | 1540 G | 1848 G | 2156 G|
|Great Yak Butter||Great Yak Milk + Oil||2772 G | 3696 G | 4620 G | 5544 G | 6468 G|
|Herb Butter||Milk + Oil + herb||300 G | 400 G | 500 G | 600 G | 700 G|
|Great Herb Butter||Great Milk + Oil + herb||828 G | 1104 G | 1380 G | 1656 G | 1932 G|
|Jersey Herb Butter||Jersey Milk + Oil + herb||564 G | 752 G | 940 G | 1128 G | 1316 G|
|Great J. Herb Butter||Great Jersey Milk + Oil + herb||1620 G | 2160 G | 2700 G | 3240 G | 3780 G|
|Yak Herb Butter||Yak Milk + Oil + herb||960 G | 1280 G | 1600 G | 1920 G | 2240 G|
|Great Y. Herb Butter||Great Yak Milk + Oil + herb||2808 G | 3744 G | 4680 G | 5616 G | 6552 G|