I believe my husband, who has complained for 2 yrs about my pets, is thinking about getting 2 cows for meat. I told him it would be him doing the cow chores, not me. How much space do they need? If I build a shelter (3 sided) in the field (which is about an acre) and fence it off, would that be enough? Would they need to be in the barn at all? How long before they can be processed? The field has not been cut for several years, could there be anything harmful to look for? Any input would be apreciated. There were deer with liver flukes in the area this year. I think that effects cows. Would it effect more than the liver? Is there anything we can do to prevent them? I'll have 3 horses and 3 goats on the property as well as my poultry.