Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
With just a pair on 15 acres in your area, I don’t think summer feed will be a problem. ;) But, thinking ahead you might ask around and see how many head/acre your neck of the woods supports in all “conditions” (drought to lush) to get an idea of how big your future mini herd could be. Organic cert takes a little doing, but worth figuring up the in cost vs gain for the future. I am only guessing organic is “big” in the mini market, but I so wouldn’t plan on holding back antibiotics for this particular future calf given mama’s age.
No telling what ethanol has done to the price of corn silage, but at least it should be available in your area. And, when perfectly good high quality hay gets rained on and it “saved” by turning and drying – it bleaches and its price goes to “cow feed” – I.e., cheap! It can be way cheaper to feed beef cattle b/c of the variety of feed, and if they are small, cheaper yet!! ;)
Such a neat adventure for you! Minis..they have a “forever cute” factor.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.