A lot of people think that raising sheep requires a lot of work and care. But that’s not totally true. Raising your own sheep doesn’t require that much work as you think it would. Sheep do well without any assistance since they are versatile creatures.
If you are a beginner farmer who has a large grass land, you can have no problem in raising grass-feed sheep. You can grow you sheep in pasture all year round and reduce your expenses in buying feed. Reducing your cost will ensure that you make more profits in the long run.
A farmer should understand that not all sheep breeds are equal, so make sure before you buy your sheep that you are buying the right breed. Grass based setup is not good for prolific breeds, more attention is required for dairy sheep and hair breeds don’t do well in extreme winter seasons.
Get your production goals set before you buy your sheep. Will you be raising your sheep on pasture? How are you going to manage your sheep in the winter seasons? Are you going to pasture your lambs? You should also consider your costs for each traits.
You should also consider the type of climate you want to raise your sheep and the ranch in which you are going to raise your sheep. What are the advantages and disadvantages? Knowing this will help you in planning ahead and reducing the chances of getting unexpected expenses.
When choosing the right type of sheep you should consider one that is of medium size, does not need assistance when lambing, efficient on feed, grows well when only grass feed and does not need other supplemental feeds. Having these type of sheep when starting out will reduce the problems you may face in becoming a successful sheep farmer.