Trying to understand something my hubby is concerned about re: raising livestock. We don't own anything yet, just researching. We go on a trip twice a year to visit family several states away, and we're more-or-less gone for about a week each time. Our indoor cat does just fine with this trip, we stock him up on food and water, etc and he does fine "guarding" the place while we're gone. How do you all manage to take trips or vacations when owning livestock? Hubby's family lives several states away, and mine over an hour and a half, so none would be able to come stay to house-sit. It's not like we go on vacations a lot, just twice, maybe three times a year at most. We only want to have a milk cow, chickens, maybe a couple of goats and turkeys. It will be a small "Hobby" or Family-Style farm, not a major income-generating farm. How do you do it?