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What livestock animal would be lowest maintenance?

We have roughly 5 acres fenced in, and we are looking for a good livestock animal to be a lawn mower and a pet. There is a bit of rough terrain in one paddock too. My dad wants lowest maintenance so here are a couple rules: No shearing (that boots llamas, alpacas, and sheep) No shoeing (horses and mules) So we were thinking it comes down to either a couple cows or a couple large goats, maybe a donkey. What are your suggestions of those three, or are there others besides the animals I have listed? Thank you for feedback!

Asked By: Carlyn - 1/8/2013
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I know you said no llamas, but they are actually lower maintenance than the others that you listed... More
Answered By: Missy - 1/8/2013
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Even goats can need hoof care. I'd go for a horse or horses. What's wrong with shearing? You can sell the wool and pay for a shearer. You may only break even, but what's wrong with that. How about boarding horses? You can make money that way, without vet or hoof care. Make the boarders get the feed.
Answered By: Susan M - 1/8/2013
 
i personally would go with a few goats, they are great grass eaters. donkeys are very noising and very stubborn. my family has raised boer goats for years. goats are very loving and cute. the only thing u would really have to do with them is trim their feet, which really isnt that bad. there are 2 main types of goats... More
Answered By: A - 1/8/2013
 
I agree with Susan that boardings a great idea! You would gain money and get the grass down! :)
Answered By: Angel - 1/8/2013
 
Goats definately.
Answered By: Barb - 1/8/2013
 
you can get some goats. you can trim their hooves yourself and is not that hard I have have 6 and one will be have kids.
Answered By: Ana - 1/8/2013
 
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