How To Raise Sheep

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Whether it is just for pleasure or for meat or even for wool, owning some sheep should be fun. We already have goats and last year we got two cows, in as far as large livestock is concerned. Now we are looking into raising some sheep on our homestead too.

Apparently contrary to popular belief you do not need large areas for grazing pastures to raise sheep. There are just a few things you have to take care off and you will do just fine. Sheep are less of a hassle than goats, so if you already have goats you can easily add some sheep too.

How To Raise Sheep On Yor Homestead

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • sheep
  • open barn or shed
  • board fence
  • grass or hay
  • rake
  • shovel
  • water trough or buckets
  • shearing machine (optional)

You will need some sort of shelter for your sheep, either access to a barn or something like a run in shed. If you have space for a pasture make sure that it is properly fenced in, so they cannot escape. Sheep are happy to eat grass all day if it is available, otherwise they can feed on hay too.

Make sure to keep their pen or sleeping area clean, changing the bedding frequently to protect against parasites. They should also have access to clean drinking water and be allowed plently of time to graze freely. Don’t forget to groom them and schedule time for regular worming. In most cases, shearing will only be required once a year, do this yourself or hire a professional.

You can get more information on the Timber Creek Farmer blog, here…

How To Raise Sheep
With No Pasture

You can watch the video below on how to raise sheep on a homestead…

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