Our house is for sale, and feelers are out to Ozark real esates for a hobby farm that we can use for cattle and homestead type gardening and other livestock. Hoping to make the proerty pay for itself withthe beef cattle. Small operation maybe 20-40 acres, as we are both early 50's and want a reasinable challenge, not an "overwhelming" job. Start fairly slow,a nd work up as we learn and can. I'll probably work off farm, and if possible and things go well be able to reduce that to part time. As a nurse, jobs are available most areas. DH may end up with much of the farm labor, and is OK with that. This post by UpNorth in another thread really struck me: In Agreement with Agman's summary. The folks that make money with cattle in coming years will be those who become adept in the management skills of using highly managed grass resources and cattle adapted to do well on grass. The Era of cheap grain is drawing to a close. For this very reason, the research Ive done so far has convinced me that lowlines may be the optimal animal for a small acreage. Besides internet research, what advice would you give folks like us that are just starting out? (and will be real new in the area we move to, and not know others there for relationships we can tap into yet) Any books that you consider your "beef bible" that newcomers should invest in? I know its important to have the property set up BEFORE purchasing stock. What types of thing should I be looking for on the properties we go to see will help us in our goals? In your experience, what works and doesnt when it comes to physical facilites for this type of operation? I'm thinking most stock for beef, half lowline or more crosses for cows than a good full blood bull- though investing in some really good fullblood cows with wanted genetics for producing breeding stock for myself and sale. Any thoughts and ideas greatly apppreciated!