I am looking to get goats or sheep and I would like your opinion on the matter. My reservation is that me and my wife work management jobs and care for three children. Needless to say, we don’t have much time to spare, so I want to make sure we don’t get into more than we can manage. I have wanted animals for a long time but could not get any due to space. We have recently moved to a home with 6 acres so now we have enough space to have them. The main goal for having the animals will be to create a small self-sustaining source of meat for my family.
1-What is the least time consuming breed of goat or sheep to care for? (I understand I may give up other desirable traits for ease of care)
2- How much time per day would it take to care for 3 adults + any offspring? (1 male + 2 females)
3- How much would be the monthly cost of feed for these animals assuming the field does not provide much nutritional value? If you can’t guess cost how about volume and feed type?
4- What size pen would be ideal for this many animals?
I have been reading the forum so I understand there is an ocean of variables I am not accounting for. For now I am just trying to decide if this will be too much work for us given our schedules. I appreciate your help!