Now that our chickens and ducks are almost grown and we are anticipating the arrival of fresh eggs soon I have been playing with the idea of getting a small milk goat. We're really working toward becoming self-sustaining. Here's my question. We only have a 1/2 acre (minus what the house sits on) that is mainly rock and weeds/tall grass. We haven't planted a lawn and probably won't, but we have to cut the weeds and grass back every year. The chickens free range during the day, but I haven't noticed an impact to the grassy areas. How much land do you actually need to keep a goat in green forage? I know that we would have to buy hay and feed, particularly in the winter, but would they completely eat the "yard" down to dirt or would they just keep it trimmed (I'm thinking one nanny goat, maybe a male and female). I just don't know if it would be worth it. Maybe some of you more experienced folks would be better at figuring the dollar value of having our own milk. Milk is $3.75/gallon here. A 120 compressed bale of timothy costs $23.00. I don't know what a bag of goat feed costs, but a 50lb bag of chicken grower feed is $20.00 - so that might give some perspective. I recognize the benefits of growing your own, but I also have to take the cost considerations into effect. Thanks in advance for any help.