Can You Have Just One Cow? Is It Cruel?

Mini farms have become extremely popular over the last few years and for good reason.

The question many small farm owners ask, however, is whether it is okay to have just one cow.

In a herd, cows will groom one another, graze in an ever-moving group, and lay with one another when they rest. They instinctively crave companionship with other cows and even other farm animals.

It could be considered cruel by some if there is only one cow on your farm and no other farm animals for it to ever interact with. That would make for a lonely and depressing life for any animal.

Cows need social interaction to keep them calm and happy, so it is understandable why some call having only one cow cruel.