The old saying was "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?" It was a warning to tender young things about the destruction of pre-marital sex. After all, it is common knowledge that a man has to be tricked into marriage.. right?
But now, I wonder. Having survived a fair few of life's difficult bits and having read a number of farming books lately, I ponder. How do you know when it pays to keep a bull? Typically, a woman will choose to give birth anywhere from 0-4 times in her lifetime. If a farmer were to make this decision, it would be easy. It would be financial suicide to keep a bull for that amount of reproduction services. Bulls come with so many extra problems. As they can't always get along with others they typically require special fencing and shelter needs. (mancave) Diet is to be considered as they consume a larger quantity of food, then there is the health care as well.
It has to be considered that far too many bulls have destructive tendencies when it comes to breaking down fences and getting into another farms cows. So how well will the neighbors take this new bull of yours?
Anyway, it was a thought that I had today. I also wondered if we fed our daughters statistical data on man keeping instead of tales of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty if they would find themselves happier or at least more content in their efforts with "husband"-ry. Hmmm, how interesting.