I love cows! I've always loved cows! Looked at them in pictures, books, and at fairs. Then a woman I met while shopping for property to build a barn, introduced us to her pet black angus. She found out I liked cows and took us out to her pasture, and called "Angel! Here Angel!" Along comes Angel, running hell-bent-for-leather straight to us! She was 1,200+ pounds of affectionate steak! She presented her head for rubbing, her shoulder for scratching, and her but for rubbing. I LOVED this cow! I also LOVE the look of: Holsteins, Brahmans (those EARS!!!!), Brown Swiss (those deer-like faces!), Anyway, we are moving next year to outside the Asheville, N.C. area onto some small acreage (5 - 7 acres). We are taking my two horses and as many chickens as we can (moving chickens seems like a HEAP of fun!), and eventually to add a cow My purpose: really just for a pet and lawn ornament. NO BREEDING! I'm not opposed to having a milk cow....except that requires a breeding My primary question is: can male calves (when castrated young & polled) be a good pet? Kind of like geldings make great mounts....low on drama and other hormone-related issues? How much land does one cow need if we are feeding hay? Should I consider a mini instead of a full-size? What are some good books to read/educate myself over the next year?