Boer Goats, Fin and Merino Sheep, and Chickens and Meat Rabbits. These are the things I am trying to acquire. Why you ask? Well, I am trying become more self-sustaining. I want to know where my food has been, what is has been fed, how it has been handled and cared for. I am trying to get a large plot of my five acres turned into a vegatable and fruit garden. I am trying to learn how to make perserves and canning my food. I would also like to turn some of my basement into a cold cellar. I have been researching boar goats for my freezer for a while now and am finding it an easy prospect to raise them. I will be receiving a lamb this summer so that I can breed her this winter for lambing in the spring, for fleece and lamb meat. I have got chickens hatching next week and more meat chicks to pick up this week from another farm. All to be butchered for freezing this winter. I am still researching meat rabbits for which I have a contact an hour away that does so commercially that I will be getting in touch with soon. $$$$ It all comes down to $$$$ I need it to start saving it. How ironic can this cycle be?! I will be taking a class through my Cornell Cooperative Extension on the 17th of May for pasture management and Famacha(sp?) training. I am also enrolled in an online course through Langston University for Meat Goat Operations Certification. I have realized that I cannot obtain the Ag Tax Deduction due to the limitations it has with in NY State. I cannot earn 50,000$ in under 10 acres of land with this kind of livestock. So, I will be selling only for local markets to help reduce the costs of raising the meat we keep for ourselves. It cannot be considered a business, sadly. I am meeting tons of folks who are willing to share their knowledge and time so that I can learn from them and choose my own path. It is pretty cool. There is so much I would love to dive right into, but $ will always hold me back from that. Always two steps behind. Oh well. I will figure out a way to start but it will just not be my ideal way of going. Who’s ideals are ever really truely met with immediate satisfaction? No one that I know of. So this is my small part to help my family and local community reduce its foot print on this land. There are so many reasons for pursueing this lifestyle but this is one of them.