I have about 5 out of our 8 acres that we can use for livestock. How many cows could that support? If I have one dairy cow and one beef cow that will give me two calves per year for food. I'm trying to move on to the next phase so we can stop buying meat altogether. I'd also rather not buy calves from a sale barn and introduce disease.
I don't know how severe your winters are. Here that would not work, too much snow at times....and the cold would more or less make the grass have no nutrition in it. Hay is a given in the winter here. Sorry I'm not much more of a help! Janene
Occasional steer for the freezer
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In Tn it would also be around 2 acres per cow/ calf pair during the growing season on good pasture, buying hay from late November to early April (unless one has mostly Bermuda which grows until the first hard freeze). This would assume some type of pasture management of course. I supplement the dairy cows with grain while milking.
The amount of land you have is fine for the amount of animals you have. The one or two per acre rule, assumes you are making allot of hay, and you want to feed the animals with that hay. You ether buy, hay or make hay, it cost about the same either way... If i were in your shoes and i wanted another cow, I would get it. If you need more feed, buy it... I know dairy farmers that have small lots and buy feed. As long an your neighbors don't sue you you could have a milking barn and hefer barn and 100 cows.
Well, I know that I could dry lot animals here if I chose, but my goal is to be sustainable. I would like to raise everything I eat and all of their food. I'm sure I could do that with goats, but we really prefer beef.
Ellen, have I missed it? What's happening with the job, the potential move, the Total Life Disruption?!! I keep thinking of you. Inquiring Minds want to know.
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I just wrote a long response to your question and my computer went nutty and I lost it. Here's the short of it...and I have not posted this anywhere. You didn't miss it. :-)
We put the kids in school. Abigail is doing great, Ethan didn't do so well, so we pulled him out. I have serious differences in educational philosophy, at least at his level. They push way to hard for little kids. By third grade these kids that have been pushed are on the same level with the ones who have not been pushed so hard...I don't see the point in making their lives miserable. I'm not so sure how that will affect the job...if they even offer it. They haven't yet. They are maximum enrollement...a little overfull actually, but they want to wait until tuition drafts begin the second week in May to make a decision about hiring a principal. I feel like the proverbial fish on a hook.
So at this point we're not making any moves. Besides, we feel like making any major life decisions should never happen in the winter. Things always look happier when spring comes. :-)
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