We grow dent corn and popcorn and beets to supplement the feed costs for our chickens. I spend on average $6 a month on feed for the chickens.
$12 a month for the rabbits, and supplement with leafy greens.
The sheep I spend around $12 a month on, supplementing with leafy greens. dent corn and popcorn.
The cows are the expensive part of it all. I spend around $20 a month on treats for milking. I spend an average $1500 a year in hay. That's with the 12 heads. I would be paying more if I hadn't made a deal with a local farmer for his premium hay. Agreeing to buy out his entire stock of bales, ensures that it isn't stuck there to rot and he is guaranteed a sale. We managed to get it for a little more than half price this way.
Starting this year, we will be selling lambs and beef. 1 cow will pay for the years worth of hay. The Lambs will pay for everything else.
We spend as of right now, $1980 a year on feed, however we get 5 gallons a milk a day, and about a dozen eggs. This year will will have 750 lbs of beef, and who knows how much lamb and rabbit. We did the math before, will have to ask husband again, but we are saving money. Now time and physical labor are another story.