When starting out in sheep farming it is important to position yourself to what you want to produce with your sheep. There are a number of reasons why people want to raise sheep. Sheep can help in improving agricultural landscapes, control vegetation and preserve open land. Some people also raise sheep as pets whilst others want their children to learn about livestock husbandry. On the other hand a lot of people raise sheep for profits.
Raising profitable sheep can be done by almost anyone as long as they are dedicated to it. For as long as you get the right information and guidelines on raising sheep you will achieve your goal.
A lot of farmers when housing their sheep use traditional barns. Traditional barns can be expensive for a beginner farmer who is on a budget but they provide the best type of protection. Another type of sheep housing is the hoop house which is designed to adapt to a greenhouse and is a lot cheaper. Your sheep house must have goos grainage, if possible electricity and must have enough space to accommodate young and old sheep. Also it must be large enough to house sheep feed and equipment.
If you want to get the best return of investment it is important that your sheep are well fed. Sheep feeders can help you a lot so make sure you invest in one. If you don’t have a feeder and feed your sheep on the floor the food is likely to be urinated on by your sheep thus getting it infected since parasites will develop. Your sheep feeders should be cleaned before and after you feed your sheep. You should give your sheep clean water every day as well.
And make sure you have more then two sheep when starting out, sheep are tame creatures and strive in peaceful environments that follow a routine. They like grazing together because this makes them feel comfortable.