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Carole Presberg <[log in to unmask]>
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Farm Collie Breed Conservancy and Restoration <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:23:48 -0500
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Hi Kristine,

I agree with Lois. I was about your age when I began "farming". My 
situation was similar, with a caring husband who had no interest in 
farming. I had no kids. We started out with a 4 acre farm, and 12 years 
later, when my husband needed to transfer to Ithaca, NY for work, we 
bought a 40 acre farm, of which we probably used about 10 acres, if 
that. I raised sheep for 20 years. There is no money in farming. If your 
husband can work and bring in a salary, maybe your farm might cover the 
ordinary expenses for the household. It certainly will not pay the 

Also, I wreaked damage on my skeletal system. Since my husband worked 
full time all the farm chores were up to me. Feeding, watering, etc., 
was no problem, but fencing was. Pounding posts did my shoulders in. If 
you love your animals, the cost is prohibitive. Vet bills, feed, hay in 
winter, possibly the farrier, the shearer, and so forth. Not that I 
regret it, and not that I am not still doing it, but I advise you to 
start small. Learn what you are capable of. The house, barns and 
property you are contemplating sounds like a losing proposition, and to 
the bargain the owner is rushing you through it. Do you actually know 
this man? Can you get a professional inspection of the property?