Starting with Baby Animals?
I am planning to move back to the lifestyle that I started life with - that is on a small mixed farm.
When I get my animals I would like to get young animals that are only half grown or even younger. I know what it's like to get up three times a night to bottle feed a suckling lamb for example. I don't see it as a chore - it's a joyous thing to do for a lamb that would not have survived otherwise.
I'm wondering what other people's thoughts on this are?
I guess some other questions come out of my main question. For example a cow for milking - if I got a calf how long would I need to wait until she is old enough to have a calf herself so she produces milk?
MEG: MOST HEIFERS ARE MATED AT AROUND 18 MONTHS OLD - 9 MONTHS LATER YOU GET A CALF AND CAN MILK HER. HOME RAISED ANIMALS ARE EASY TO HANDLE WHICH IS GREAT, UNLESS THEY ARE NATURALLY AGGRESSIVE - LIKE GEESE, RAMS, ROOSTERS - IN WHICH CASE THEY TOTALLY LACK FEAR OF HUMANS, WHICH IS NOT SO GREAT!