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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
This is a different world. 
24th-Aug-2009 03:45 pm
Knowing is half the battle
According to my father, it is cheaper to own a cow in this neighborhood than to not own a cow.

No, really. There is a logic.

If you have a cow on your property, your land is classified as agricultural rather than residential... and property tax on agricultural is close to zero. Cows are low-upkeep and eat grass. So. You actually save money by owning cows. Big and apparently frequently-exploited loophole.

So if you're driving to my parents' house (known as Stately Ravensnatch Manor by felisdemens & co.) and going WTFCOW every few blocks? Now you know.
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24th-Aug-2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
I'm sure she is.
There are lots of those kinds of loopholes. (I don't know if that is a federal or a state one, though.)
There's one involving trucks as agricultural equipment or some such.
24th-Aug-2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
What...chickens won't do it?

A guy tried to do this in Groton,keep some property agricultural by keeping cows on it. Unfortunately he didn't live on the property and was unaware that there is, minimal tho it is, some upkeep required with cows...like watering them. He eventually got busted on animal mistreatment
24th-Aug-2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Ach - poor cows!

Don't know why they don't keep chickens. These are apparently not even milk cows, which baffles me, because why not go for the fresh milk if you're going to have a cow?

Lots of horses here, too, but they're pricier on the upkeep.
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24th-Aug-2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
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24th-Aug-2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
How about sheep? Do sheep count? Because then I could have a steady supply of wool!
24th-Aug-2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
Sheep and goats count, but are far less common than cows. Dad points out that people too lazy to collect eggs from chickens (see my comment above) are not going to shear a sheep.
24th-Aug-2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
I want a cow.
25th-Aug-2009 12:03 am (UTC)
Me, too! We should start a revo-moo-tion!
24th-Aug-2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
I think this is pretty cool. It would become awesome if the animals were actually used for productive purposes. After all, I am in favor of paying taxes, and therefore try to use loopholes for their intended purpose.

Of course, if I were doing it I would make it awesome and get an animal which I could garner resources from, but I understand why a person would just want the tax break. I mean, people who are not farmers do other work, and probably don't really have the time to add a part-time farmer job to their life.
24th-Aug-2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Such a broken bit of policy...
24th-Aug-2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
That's really neat. Now if people would do it for, y'know.. more than the money.
24th-Aug-2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
The agriculture classification tax thingy is in Phoenix as well. Which explains the places with mini-donkeys, llamas, sheep, goats and/or emus...
24th-Aug-2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
What about geese? I hear they make great watchdogs, umm, watchbirds? sentinels?

Peacocks work too.
24th-Aug-2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
I remember my first visit to FL, and I was, indeed, going WTFCOW? down Poinciana Blvd. in Kissimee. It seemed incongruous to me that there would be so many bovine residents in the Orlando area.

I'd keep a cow if it didn't mean cleaning up cow patties. Might even get the City off my back about the upkeep of my yard, lol
24th-Aug-2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, I am looking *forward* to this.
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24th-Aug-2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Sounds like your town council needs a visit from CLUCK, the Campaign to Legalize Urban Chicken Keeping.
25th-Aug-2009 02:47 am (UTC)
Does it have to be a cow? I want goats. Or alpacas.
25th-Aug-2009 03:38 am (UTC)
*nod* We're looking into the ag exemption here in CO. In order to qualify, you must attempt to make a profit by using your land for a non-equine ruminant (cows, sheep, goats) for three years running. Renting out your land for pasture or making hay on it also counts.

Personally, I'd recommend goats over cows. They're cuter, lighter weight, and their manure is ready to fertilize--as opposed to cows, which need to have their manure age in order not to burn the plants/soil. Sheep are okay, too, but goats can be used for milk, fiber, pack animals, and/or meat, and have a greater weed tolerance than sheep do. They're cuter, and smarter. Unfortunately, they're also a lot better about getting out of pens than sheep are. Fun, but somewhat frustrating.
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