I have about 8 acres of pasture plus 70 acres of crops (which is not farmed by myself). I am thinking about getting some cattle (4or6). I am thinking about buying the ones that will calve out this Spring. I am hoping to raise them on only pasture and then hay in the winter. I am thinking about selling the beef to family and friends and also have an idea to use one of the calves for my son's 4-H project. I have been doing a lot of reading but really come out confused. Any help, advice or cautions would be greatly appreciated. Is purebred or cross breeds better? Is selling the beef to individuals better or selling them at the sale barn better? Is "personality" of the cow that important? Is it possible to raise them on only pasture or hay? Thanks in advance for any help.