The Baaaaasics of Raising Sheep

Learn how to purchase, manage and market your own flock.

| June 25, 2008

Do your plans for increased self-sufficiency include the addition of a small flock of sheep for fresh, wholesome milk, heart-healthy meat and warm wool for fabrics? Great idea! They’re a fantastic, multipurpose animal. If you’re wondering how to get started, we’re here to help. We asked Sarah Hoffmann of Green Dirt Farm to discuss the baaaaasics of raising sheep.

What is the most important consideration to address when determining if sheep are right for you and your lifestyle?  

I think it’s a toss-up between whether you have the facilities to support sheep production, and whether you have the time.

How much time are we talking about?  

You will need to manage grazing, attend to their water and minerals daily (though automatic waterers can free up some time), organize breeding, provide routine treatments and arrange for shearing (if you have wool sheep).

What do they need in terms of facilities?  

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