I started out about 4 years ago with 3 sheep and 4 goats, I now have a herd of 23 animals. Overall I have had about 35 in all. My goal was 20 Female and 4 males. I am almost there. This season I have had 10 babies born and all survived. I now have one of them ready to birth for the second time.At this rate I should conservatively get about 40 animals a year and if some have twins 50 that can be butchered. It costs me about $200 a month for feed for all my animals (Rabbits, Chickens Turkey's, Goats and Sheep). I will not have to buy meat again after this summer, unless I want to. That my Monkey Friends is a good feeling. If you have the room get Hair Sheep and not Wool Sheep, get Nubian Goats or Full Blooded Boar goats and Cross them. The Nubians get Huge and the cross gives you a very meaty goat with large Nipples for milking. That is really the difference between a Milk Goat and a regular goat (The size of the Teats). The Board Goats are very beefy and a Nice Billy can go a couple hundred pounds In all it has been a blast raising all these animal and selling the males has helped to pay for some of the feed as well. I will hit my goal in June when the rest of this years babies are born. I can sell or eat them and they will pay for themselves as well. I am moving a small herd up to the BOL next month and turning them loose, they multiply pretty fast when left to their own devices. Some people control the billy and ram to time the birthing, not me, it's mother nature all the way around here. LOL good luck to all who are making the move towards self sufficiency, its been a great ride and the little successes along the way make it all worth while!