Animals are a really good source of resources and money in Stardew Valley. One of the first animals that you can buy and use in the game is the cow.
Cows are a constant source of Milk, and you can easily get this resource daily if you milk them. However, if you just head over to Marnie’s Ranch and buy a cow, nobody will explain how you are supposed to milk them.
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The chickens, for example, leave their eggs lying around every day. You don’t even have to do anything besides feed them and pet them to keep them happy.
To milk cows in Stardew Valley, you need to buy a Milk Pail from Marnie’s Ranch and use it on the cows every day once they mature.
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How to Milk Cows in Stardew Valley
To milk cows in Stardew Valley, you will first need a Milk Pail. You can buy a Milk Pail from Marnie’s Ranch at any point in the game for 1k g.
After you’ve bought a cow from the ranch, you will have to feed them every day and wait for 5 days for them to grow up. Once the game says that they are “one month old,” you can start using the Milk Pail on them every day to get Milk from them. Each time you milk a cow, you will use 4 Energy.
Unlike eggs, Milk doesn’t have different colors based on the color of the cow. Once you reach a high enough friendship with a cow, you also have a chance of getting Large Milk from them.
You can also use the Milk on a Cheese Press to make Cheese, which can be sold for double the price of Milk.
Players can also sell their cows for a better price than the one they paid when they got it if they have enough hearts with the animal. A cow costs 1.5k g and can be sold for 1950 g if you have 5 hearts with them.
How to Automatically Milk Cows in Stardew Valley
If you have a lot of cows and goats on your farm in Stardew Valley, you might not want to milk them every single day. Especially considering the amount of Energy you will have to use.
Once you reach level 10 Farming, you will unlock the Auto-Grabber. This machine automatically collects all of the resources for the animals in the Barn where you place it. This also includes wool and Ostrich eggs.
The Auto-Grabber costs 25k g at Marnie’s Ranch, and it will only collect the resources of the animals that sleep in the Barn where the grabber is also placed.
That’s everything you need to know about how to milk cows in Stardew Valley!
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