All right, happy campers, thanks for sticking with me through all the birds. Now before we get into the fun world of labor for hire (4 of the final 5 days will involve the services of trained professionals), we need some milk cows for the milkmaids to milk. Now, folks have suggested leasing the cows, but although the $100 day rate I found was indeed less expensive than actually buying the cows, I couldn’t find any reputable leasing company that didn’t require a 2-year contract. So, we’re buying those moo-cows, not leasing, and maybe the true love in question can sell ’em on Craigslist later.
So, 8 Milk Cows (reg. Jersey) @ $1,100.00 ea — $8,800.00 for the cows
Now, I won’t even tell you what I found when I originally started looking for milkmaids on the internet. Not even gonna comment. Eventually, I went to the Department of Agriculture, and found what agricultural workers take home, then gave them an extra quarter-dollar an hour for coming to milk these cows while listening to all those birds squawking. At first, I thought I needed them for an 8-hour shift, but it only takes 20-30 minutes to milk a cow. I’ll figure 2 30-minute milkings per day (no sense in rushing these things), so:
8 Milkmaids for 2 1/2-hour shifts (1 hour total work) @ $7.50/hr., $60 per day, multiplied for 8 milkmaids, makes $480 for the maids, and $9,280 for the day.
Add up another round of the previous festive insanity ($5,940.90), and we’ve got:
Grand Total: $15,220.90
Happy New Year!