Hi all... We're new to farming and just getting started on our livestock. We're considering starting with some beef cattle. My hubby's dream! We've been advised by an "old timer" to get a mother with a calf....then butcher the calf and breed the mother...then do this in a cycle. Eventually, keeping a calf for breeding, butchering that calf...etc. What are your thoughts on this? Is this a good plan to start with?? Also...do beef cattle require milking? We've heard NO. Here's another one...I saw and fell in love with miniature cows. My hubby says they're only "pets." Is that true? Can they be butchered? I'm thinking they could, why not? :shrug: But, are they any good? What are the pros and cons of miniatures? Anyone??? Lastly...any suggestions before we start? We'd like our children to do 4H....what suggestions can you give regarding our first purchase if that's our desire?? Thank you all in advance for your help! I just love this site...and everyone's been so kind in answering our many questions. :angel: Looking forward to the time that we can return the favor!!