Players who purchased livestock in Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town should quickly notice affection no longer works the same as versions before. All livestock purchased now has a limit of 5 hearts. That is to say, players cannot get L-sized product unless they do something about it.
On a bright note, increasing the affection limit of livestock is not critically difficult. It requires a lot of patience though. Players can increase the livestock’s affection limit by one through breeding. For better understanding:
- 5♡ limit → give birth → 6♡ limit.
- 6♡ limit → give birth → 7♡ limit.
- Cycle continues until 10♡ limit, which is the maximum you can get.
Alternatively, once you own a 10♡ limit livestock, if you ever purchase a new livestock of the same kind from ranch or poultry farm, the child it will give birth to will immediately jump to 10♡ limit, not 6♡ limit. Therefore, it is highly suggested for players to breed the normal cow first, and only opt for flavored cows once the normal one has 10♡ limit.
Difference between Normal and Flavored Cows
It is important to note that only normal milk can be used in culinary. Flavored milks produced by flavored cows can only be used for shipping or gifting. So, it is actually more beneficial to own more normal cows.
Difference between Normal and Brown Chicken
Unlike cows, there are actually no difference between the two of them, other than the colors of course. They even produce the same kind of eggs. For players who wanted both colors in their farm, the best way is to increase the affection limit for one of the color first. Once you are ready, purchase the other color from poultry farm and attempt incubate any egg laid in the next morning. Players can save a night before the egg hatch, because the chick color hatched will be random so long you have both adult chicken of different color in your farm.
Feeding Your Livestock
Keeping your livestock happy will assure them providing you a substantial income in game, especially winter. Be sure to feed them everyday. An easier way is to ring the bell located outside of the poultry barn or barn in your farm to let your animals out to find food for themselves. Chicken and angora rabbits gets “free food” this way, while barn animals (cow, sheep and alpaca) consume grass planted in field (not weed). Always remember that your livestock will not appreciate going out during rainy day or during winter, so only let them out during a sunny non-winter.
Pregnant livestock will not head out when you ring bell though, you need to specifically put food in the designated “pregnant food box” for them to eat. They will not eat food put anywhere else (Hera learnt the hard way to realize that, sigh). Missing food will delay their pregnancy due. On the other hand, you can hand feed them (or any livestock) by giving food to them directly.
Last but not the least, all livestock released outside will return to their poultry barn / barn at 8:30 PM automatically. No more pushing, yay!
Increasing Livestock Affections
The easiest (and free) way is to talk to them everyday. You can also purchase brush from Saibara, and brush your barn animals everyday. It is not too advisable to waste Harvest Spirit in taking care of animals. After all, Harvest Spirits will ship your animal product instantly without further processing them (to fetch even higher price). Also, given you talk and brush your livestock inside the barn, no time will be consumed anyway.