Well, we eventually settled on cows. I was always partial to cows, having been around them some growing up. My paternal grandfather was a cattle rancher his whole life. There is a wide world of cows to choose from, so the next big decision was settling on a breed. While a milk cow would be cool...when she's in milk, that requires DAILY milking. In our current situation of working full-time jobs in the city, that's just not feasible. So all along we were only considering beef cows. We've always been partial to Longhorns because of our Texas roots. But also, they are a very hardy breed. They are not picky eaters and will graze and browse on many different plants, trees, weeds and grasses. They will also throw calves well into their teens, where as many other breeds are done by age ten. They are hardy and disease resistant. They are also known for easy birthing, having what would often be considered "low birth weight" calves, but then they grow and gain weight quickly. And their meat is very lean, almost like different types of wild game red meat.
Now, where to find some. We were not really interested in high dollar registered cows. We're not starting a breeding program. We just want some cows to graze the pasture, qualify for our ag exemption and have calves that we can raise for our own meat every so often. (If that thought bothers you, I'm not apologizing and you're probably on the wrong website.) As luck would have it, we have a friend who raises pure bred Longhorns, they just aren't registered. Apparently it is quite expensive and cumbersome to brand and register them on a small scale. He had a momma cow and a year old bull calf for sale and they became the newest members of our wacky Pasture family.
Introducing Hallie V. and Mack Brown. :D
With green grass that's 1 ft. to 2 1/2 ft. tall throughout the Pasture, all the trees leafed out, garden seedlings growing, flowers blooming, bees buzzing and 20 chickens, 2 ducks, 3 dogs, 4 cats, and now 2 cows, life is good here in the Pasture! We are so very very grateful for our many blessings and dreams come true.
Until next time, worms rock, bees rule and chickens are my Zen.
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