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post #21 of 23
How much land you need is so dependant on the individual parcel. You really can't go by an arbitrary number. How fertile is the soil? How many people do you need to support? Are you going to be feeding that cow only bought hay, or do you need it to be 100% grass fed? How much meat do you eat? How much rain do you get? How long is the growing season? How much is wooded and how much is open pasture? Are you expecting to supply all your own wood for heating your home off your land?

IMO 5 acres is not enough. We had 10 acres of fertile land in a warm climate but not enough water to get the grass high enough to support our herd of goats, cow and calf and couple horses. If we could have afforded the electric bill to run our well pump to irrigate we could have got more grass. We had to buy hay to supplement. The pigs don't take up much space, so they aren't an issue. We had no wood as it was all open pasture so we had to buy our wood. We had a huge garden.

If you are expecting to supply your own wood I'd figure out how many cords a year you think you need and then figure how many acres it would take to do that sustainably, making sure to take into account the type of wood it is and how many BTUs per cord.

If I lived in a northern climate and expected to supply my wood and pasture my animals and possibly grow grain, hay and have trees and a garden I'd want 25 acres.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by Dillpicklechip View Post

I've thought about goats rather than cows, but can you make butter from goat's milk? I'm a butter lover...that sounds funny.
You need a cream separator to get the cream as the cream doesn't rise to the top and get thick like it does with cows. Goats milk is naturally homogenized
post #23 of 23
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That's great advice Arduinna, thanks.
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