I really did not know where to put this, but its long and rambly so i decided to put it here... For 5 years now i have been intrigued by the idea of sustainability. It all started with a book called GRASS-FED CATTLE by Ruechel... back then all i wanted was to be a cattle farmer, spending the day herding cattle and all else cattle related. But then, i got to thinking... sheep would be cool too, and what if i grew all my own food? That would be cool TOO! My excitment grew and my parents kept telling me 'You'll never have time to do everything that you want!' to my reply of 'yes i will'. As the years past, i came up with breeds of livestock that i found would be productive and cold hardy (I want to live in Vermont ). First up for me was Beef Cattle; at first i wanted a herd of 30 Angus cattle to raise for meat. Haha, WELL right now i have decided no specific meat cattle will reside on my homestead. Next, i started thinking of Dairy cows; i thought 'MILK!'... Then i read that for a dairy cow to produce milk it needs to have a baby every year (but that's okay because i like baby animals!). I decided that i would have 2 Aryshire bulls (used for draft) and 2 Aryshire cows (dairy). If their baby was a steer i would use it for meat. If their baby was a cow, i would use it for dairy. After a couple years, the Bulls would be replaced. After, i thought of sheep. It was a no brainer for me.., either Icelandic or California Red Sheep ( the only thing i don't like about Icelandic sheep is they don't have a good herding instinct, and i want that in a breed of sheep ). California Reds' produce good wool and meat and they are moderately cold hardy... so it just fit. Then came the chickens. I wasn't too excited about chickens until 7 weeks ago when we got our first 3 chicks. My parents finally let me get 3! They are awesome, and will now be the majority of my homestead. The breeds i decided on are: White Rock: Brown eggs and Meat Barred Rock: Brown eggs Gold Spangled Hamburg: White Eggs Black Copper Marans: Dark Brown Eggs I know its alot, but one of the sources of income i thought of was selling eggs. SO i need enough to feed myself and other people (plus i like chickens so i thought ' hey the more the merrier). Next came the ducks. I wont have alot, but i'd want a couple Rouen ducks for a pond (and duck meat is quite tasty). Then i also want a couple Tamworth pigs and Narragansett Turkeys. SO, thats my dream (well not including the garden and hay i will grow). Its alot i know. But i plan on going to veternary college after getting my pre-vet and bachelors in either zoology or biomedical sciences. Once this is done i don't have to worry about vet bills (only about paying off collage). So thats my plan Thanks for letting me ramble, if you have any suggestions on breed changes that better suite my plans (sustainability in a colder climate) then dont be afraid to voice them! Thanks YA!