My father was 45 years my senior and suffering from heart disease when I graduated from high school, consequently I decided not to go to college and stayed on the family farm. At 24 I lost my father and that same year added 240 acres (which I'm still making payments on) to the original operation of 600 acres, most of which is native grass. Cattle have been the mainstay, I given up cash grain and a 1000 acres of rented farmland, due in most part to the floods of "93". Here in the Flint Hills an operation this size can maintain 90-100 cows. Some of the things I've learned in the last 25 years; keep barrowed money to minimum, go without a few "unnecessary wants", utilize you and your neighbors natural resources, learn a few essential vocations (mechanics, carpentry), do a little custom or trade work on the side as time permits. It can be done if your willing to trade off a few of life's so called "gotta haves" for a way of life second to none.
"When a man reaches the point in his life when what he wants and what he needs become the same, he will be a success!"