We sell pork, eggs, and cordwood and excess produce.
A few things to think about first.
Is our land suited to what you want to do? Have you ever done any of this before? Do you know how many chickens you'll need to get teh 20 dozen eggs you anticipate selling? WHERE are you selling? If it's at farmer's markets, have you found them, checked them out? If it's a farm stand, is there already one there? Is there good traffic?
Farm fresh eggs, esp organic free range ones, are selling quite well right now. But it's taken me all winter to get mine to start sellling. ($2.50 a dozen)
Have you figured in teh cost of feed, of buying the animals and caring for them till they produce? Of getting the cow ...hmm I don't remember the word, but preggers would do.
Of caring for the sheep year round and any vet bills, etc?
Where you live will determine how well your milk sells. If it's legal. How many cows does it take to get THAT much milk!?
I strongly recommend pigs for quick turn over, easy care and easy to sell. Relatives and friends were quite willing to have us raise them a 1/2 pig for a price set at butchering time (twice what it cost us, so ours was free. Buy a half pig, pay for a whole) They're ready to go in 6 months so you aren't forced to keep them too long. (they also do a great job of clearing, turning over and fertilizing plots of land for gardens!)
Try McMurrays Hatchery for chicks. (online at http://www.mcmurraryhatchery.com
) I get day olds. Buy ONE rooster. Be prepared to eat any extras if you get any. THey will just fight to the eventual death later anyway!
If you're willing to spend lots of time SELLING you might do ok. I like the raising part, not the selling part, which I have to work on. Getting pepole to buy in advance, like with our pigs, sure makes it simpler.
Expect it to take a bit to get going. Take on one thing at a time! The library has tons of great books. http://www.thepigsite.com
has pig info.
YOu might actually do better making CHEESE with all that milk!!! I dont' think you'd have the same issues with raw milk, legally. I'd
be interestedd enough to drive a few miles to try it, so others might be too.
Blackberries sell REALLY well!
Good luck! Let me know how the lamb goes. I've been thinking about those too. Meat birds (chikens) are next for us though.