I'll take any tips people can give me. My husband and I would like to get a sort of in-between house next. So far, we've only rented in fairly urban areas, and one day, we'd like 100 acres or so to do small-scale farming (for ourselves and foster kids) and some habitat protection on, so it would be nice to transition more slowly to that huge jump. When we move, it will be because my husband will have finished certification for a line of work in computers, so we'll have a bit more options open to us than we have in the past money wise. We're thinking of 5-8 acres. I hear you can have about 2 miniature cattle per 10 acres. Would 5-8 acres be enough for one dairy sheep, one dairy goat, and one miniature dairy cow? Would it be enough land to do rotational grazing on? Would it be enough land to raise those three animals as grass fed animals? Would one of each be a lonely and miserable experience for herd animals (granted, the type of sheep I'm most interested right now lacks herd instinct, and this breed will scatter when alarmed rather than flock)? The time and schedule of milking is not an issue to us. We're already happy to not vacation if we have projects and animals at home, and we have never had an issue with pets on strict schedules (meds, feeding for baby birds, etc.) before. We're home bodies. I have so many questions. It sounds like we should start with a goat, then a sheep, then a cow when we are comfortable with the other species? I am thinking of a mini Jersey for the cow, because my husband just loves jerseys, and we both like how their milk tastes. I love nubians, and my husband just adores all goats. I like how some nubians are prone to having precocious udders, and I have heard of people milking them through their life without ever needing them to kid. Seems Americans mainly say, 'don't milk that udder!', but that it is more common to milk precocial udders in other countries. Any info to add to that? The sheep breed, I'm not decided on yet. I have kind of a crazy idea on that one, that I don't know how logical it is. If owning one of the rare dairy breeds that people say you should only own if contributing to the breeding pool...would it be possible to do something like exchange stud service for whatever lambs are produced by our ewe? That may be a completely stupid or illogical idea. Is there a comprable idea that you could recommend to someone not wanting to expand their own dairy stock? We will have more dairy than we will need for ourselves, but hope to give the extra ricotta, feta, etc to friends and family. How do others get rid of their excess dairy? I'm not opposed to getting the proper licenses to sell it, as that will help us get our feet wet for when we expand. Other than that, we are only looking at chickens, and I'm pretty set on what I want for those, another cattle dog (already own one), and any purely inside pets like the ones we already have. Hope to hear a lot from you experienced folks, and to figure out what is doable for us and any animals we might own. Thanks!