But just because you only have a one-acre field shouldn’t preclude you from getting cows. However, you will need to purchase hay to feed them because one acre is not enough land to support anything bovine. Cows can indeed be kept on small plots—an acre or two—but they must be fed.

Cows are herd animals, which means that being kept alone can lead to stress, loneliness, boredom, and anxiety. In fact, cows should almost always be kept with other cows. Keeping a lone cow in your pasture will almost certainly cause the cow to develop behavioral problems or emotional distress. 2 Agu 2022

It will take over a year (367 days) to grow a 500-pound calf to 1,000 pounds if its average daily weight gain is 1.5 pounds per day. Some extensive forage-finishing systems may require a longer duration for calves to reach slaughter weight if forage quality and quantity restrict growth to no more than 1 pound per day.