Hi everyone, This is all new to me so please be gentle, I have a few questions We plan to buy a cow this spring, 400-600# and raise until Oct/Nov and have it butchered. I have been reading some of the post here and noticed mention of needing a pond, which we do not have. Can raising one beef cow be done with no pond? Or do we absolutely have to make one? Also the butcher I spoke with sells already butchered meat at $1.50 per pound. Would I just be better off doing this than going through the work and expense of raising our own, we would also have to pay transportation in addition to butchering. I would perfer to raise our own though, especially because then I know exactly what is in it, but cost is an issue for us and I want to do whats best. We have 14 acres with most of this being open field so as far as feeding, I "think" we are OK. I realize I will need grain and salt? also. Any other advice before we begin?