Guide Before You Start Raising Sheep
husbandry or breeding sheep is the act of breeding and
raising domestic sheep for the purpose of harvesting its
milk, wool, or meat. The top sheep producing countries
in the world are: Australia, New Zealand, Iran, United
Kingdom, Turkey, Syria, India, Spain, Sudan, and
Pakistan. These countries have the most favorable
climate and environment for breeding sheep which is why
they are the top producers of sheep in the world. If you
are planning to become a sheep breeder, the environment
and climate where you are in must closely resemble those
of the countries listed above in order to be successful.
Sheep breed well in dry but cool places. They must have
plenty of room to move and enough grass to graze in.
Sheep need plenty of water and sufficient shelter from
the elements (i.e. rain, winter). Newborn sheep should
be vaccinated immediately, with booster shots given
every 6 weeks for the next 3 months, and then every 6
months thereafter. Sheep also need protection from
predators. Adequate fencing can take care of this. Other
farmers also make use of sheepdogs to help them guard
and keep the sheep on specific land. Breeding sheep can
be both a fun and rewarding experience, but can also be
stressful and hard.
If you are breeding sheep for wool, Merino and
Corriedale sheep are the breeds of choice. For milk, the
Assaf and Awassi breeds are known to produce the best
and largest volume of milk among other breeds. While for
meat, Dorper and Hampshire breeds are your best bet.
In addition to their basic needs, sheep need lots of
attention and care. They need plenty of exercise
especially if you are raising them for meat (this is so
that they will not accumulate more fat than meat). Most
farmers also cut the sheep's tails (this is called
docking) to keep the sheep hygienic (droppings sticks to
its tails and wool). Periodic worming is also a must, as
is other preventive vaccinations such as those for
tetanus and enterotoxemia (overeating disease). Farmers
should also take extra care that their sheep do not
develop foot rot, a fungus infection that develops when
the sheep stands too long in wet mud. Breeding sheep
will also often require that the farmer be in attendance
when a ewe is in labor. Supplementary food like hale and
bay may also be needed if grass starts to run out in
their grazing ground.
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