r ranson wrote: ... Looking at your lovely list of animals I think to myself, that's a long list of animals. From personal experience, it may be challenging to start with that many different kinds of animals all at once. If I had to start farming again, the one thing I would do is have fewer animals. I would probably have one kind of animal, maybe chickens, then watch the land for at least two years while I learn how to care for the chickens. Then, add the next animal to the equation - sheep. spend a couple of years letting the sheep train me how to keep them in optimum health before getting the next animal. There are so many things to learn and so many things that can go wrong - I've seen so many farmers get over excited and fill their farm with animals, only to have the animals health (and the farmers') suffer for lack of time and knowhow. Of course, if you are already familiar with keeping livestock, you know all this already
Patrick Edwards wrote:
So, I have a question regarding this exact thing. How does one find the balance between having animals early on to help improve the land and prepare it for growing all the goodies and taking time to acquire animals because of the difficulty that can arise in caring for them?
Summarized - I have heard both ends of the argument, that animals should be acquired early on in order to help improve the quality of the land/soil more rapidly and that one should wait because animals can be difficult to care for. Where do you think the middle ground lies?