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Old 01-02-2015, 07:55 AM
 
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In some areas of AZ it takes 250 acres to support one cow calf pair. Water plays into that, as mentioned, along with the lack of forage.

You might be able to do a small, intensive chicken operation. Or perhaps a little meat goat feedlot (a growing market). You'll be buying feed, maybe buying additional water, and don't forget about manure. You'll have to find somewhere to get rid of it.

Hydroponic gardening? If you are so inclined and have the water, perhaps. Less objection by neighbors and passers by with that, too.
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Old 01-02-2015, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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The lack of water is a huge barrier to overcome.
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:45 PM
 
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Read up on Aquaponics. You could grow a lot of food in a greenhouse.
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:54 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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As others have indicated your challenge is less about the size of the property, and more about the arid environment.

You can certainly have a reasonably sized vegetable garden, and keep chickens and goats which don't require huge amounts of forage or water.

If you really want a cow, you might look at a mini-cow. The general rule of thumb is you can stock 2 mini-cows per acre, but that's assuming decent pasture. In the Winslow area I don't think you will have great pasture without the application of lots and lots of water, so you would likely need to buy feed.

We love northern AZ, and thought about retiring in the Flagstaff area, but in the end we decided to relocate elsewhere due to our concerns about water in northern AZ. We have 20 acres in north Idaho where it's a lot wetter, but also a lot more snow vs. AZ.

Dave
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