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Sheep Farming For Beginners

Updated on July 23, 2013

Wondering where to start for sheep farming?

Sheep are probably one of the most productive type of livestock known to man; sheep farming can be intended for their tender meat, their soft wool, you can even use them to provide milk. This is the reason why a lot of people are interested in keeping a couple of sheep of their own. If you are also thinking of taking care of a couple of them, then you need to at least know the basics on how to raise sheep.

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Sheep Farming for Beginners - 4 Tips on Raising Your Own Sheep Successfully

sheep farming for beginners
sheep farming for beginners

Tip 1 - Determine if Your Can Afford to Raise Sheep

There are plenty of costs that you will incur when raising your own sheep. Before you even start, take account of every cost that you will gather in keeping and raising sheep, like the cost of the sheep, veterinary check ups, vaccinations, fencing and housing for the sheep, and food to name a few. If after you have figured out just how much it will take to start and maintain your sheep farm, and you think that you can manage the amount, only then should you even continue. Knowing how to budget your money is one of the fundamentals of sheep raising.

Tip 2 - Know Your Reasons for Taking Care Sheep

There are many different breeds of sheep, and they all have different characteristics that make them popular for sheep farmers of all kinds. You need to decide whether you are keeping sheep for their meat, or if you plan on collecting their wool, or maybe you want their milk, or a combination of meat and wool. Once you decide on your reasons for raising them, it will make it easier for you to pick the breed that will best serve your purpose.

Tip 3 - Find Out If You Have Enough Land

Not only do you need a large property when raising sheep, your land should also be fertile so that your sheep can graze. Here's a tip for estimating just how many sheep your land can handle, the rule of thumb in these cases are usually 5 ewes per hectare of land.

Tip 4 - Only Get Your Sheep from a Reputable Breeder

To avoid the risk of getting sheep that have various diseases, it is best that you get your first couple of batches of sheep from a reputable breeder; this is one of the most important things that you need to learn about sheep farming. You need to buy from certified breeders so you do not risk purchasing in-bred sheep, which are very prone to sheep-related illnesses. And before you pay for the sheep it is also important that you have them checked out by a veterinarian; if they get the green light then it will be alright to buy them.

These are just some of the basic things about sheep farming for beginners. If you think that you have what it takes to raise your own sheep, then prepare yourself for a very rewarding venture.

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