In the next 6 months, we will be moving to our new home (only 10 miles away from our current) on 72 acres of wooded land in North Waterboro, Maine. We'll be carving our own little farm out of the overgrown farmland that was burned over in the Great Fire of 1947 and where no one has lived in at least 100 years. Anyway.... I'm looking forward to getting back into food production for our family. In the past, I have raised rabbits, pigs and turkeys for meat and have laying hens now. I'm not going to do the rabbits again, but look forward to pigs and turkeys and would like to try meat chickens as well. The laying hens are a MUST. We like to raise our own meat because we like to take responsibility for being meat-eaters and like to know where our food came from. A friend of mine is enthralled with the idea of a family cow and she thinks we should share one. Share the cost, the labor, the milk, the risk. We each have 4 children (ages 5-14) and have livestock experience, though not with cows. Words of advice? Warnings? Reality checks? Really good book recommendations? Breed recommendations? Psychologist recommendations?