Chillin' with the herd
- Nov 22, 2021
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- Central Arkansas
Thank you for this info. Just two horse, we know how google lies, but it said 2 acres for first horse and an additional acre for each additional horse. I have a terrible fear of goats though. I was around a baby goat one day and decided maybe they aren't so bad. Yes, laugh at me all you want.I like the thread that @River Buffaloes started. I think they are a neat animal. BUT, you need to consider the whole part and parcel. There is little or no market for them as far as taking the bull/steer calves to the local stockyard/sale barn. You need to have a specific market for them or you will not have a way to recoup any cost. It seems to me that they make a better animal for milking for certain markets.
Why not do really good fencing and raise some sheep or even goats? They require much better fencing than some cattle, the turn around time is much faster and it is a very good stable market for a good part of the year. I honestly think you are going to find that the horses are going to require alot more than the 3 acres you think they need. That will not begin to take care of their grazing requirements.
Just thinking that you can have a few animals, let them breed, sell the bull calves and keep the heifers and then cull a few head is just not practical. You will not make any money at it on a regular basis. Yes on occasion you will have a good year, but you will not have the numbers to make it even a break even proposition. Sheep and goats can be run about 3-5 head per what one cow will eat... and have a 5 month pregnancy so can be bred to have babies in the spring and sell them in the fall. There is alot of other things to learn about them. They are not something you can just turn out and sit back and watch them multiply any more than you can do it with cattle. But the return is decent with less money input in feed costs.