Hi, I am new here and I am hoping that you guys could could help me out. I am really interested in setting up our 20 acres as a self sufficient mini farm. We already have horses and I want to expand our chicken flock, but my biggest interest right now is mini cattle. I have been doing some research and I really like Mini Jerseys, but they are so expensive compared to the Dexters. I want milk and milk products for my family and I want to slaughter out the extra calves for meat. I have three pastures that I plan to rotate through and they total about 10 acres. The other 10 acres are wooded river bottom. I was thinking that I could support between 5-7 mini cattle with minimal supplement. I was looking for my own family, but my brother's family and several close friends are interested in co-oping with me. They would provide the capital and I would provide the land and labor. This sounds good to me, but I wanted some opinions from people who are actually doing this already. So my questions are: Would I get more meat per animal with Dexters and is the difference significant enough to matter? I want to leave the calves on the cows through the day and just milk in the morning. Do the Mini Jersey's make too much milk for this method to work? I do not want to end up with scours. Is there a meat or milk quality difference between the two or just milk quantity? (I want 4-6 cows so per animal milk quantity is not a huge issue.) Is the main difference in the price due to the "newness" of the Mini Jersey breed or is there something I missed? Is there anyone on here that is or has done a raw milk co op and what was their experience? Are there any other breeds that I should be considering? (I am semi familiar with and not interested in full size breeds) Lastly, If I am looking for strictly farm use and not selling breeding stock, is there a good argument for getting a pedigreed animal vs just a good quality animal? Thank you so much for your info.