The success of any sheep will depend mostly on the suitability of the breed selected and, of course, the husbandry skills and knowledge of the farmer.
Sheep breeds differ greatly. Understanding this is the foundation for a thriving enterprise in sheep farming. Husbandry skills can be learned, however there are basic initial considerations for those entering or expanding any sheep farming enterprise:hweep
Is there enough space available for the numbers you want to run?
Is the pasture green and the ground not overly moist?
Is grazing land cleared - free of shrubs, poisonous weeds or plants?
Is there access to holding sheds and pens to protect vulnerable lambs, and sick or injured animals?
Is the land securely fenced to keep the sheep in and predators out?
Do you have sufficient time, skills and resources needed to care for the sheep effectively?
Can you financially afford the associated services such as shearing or veterinarian services?
Read more - click for an extract from our Sheep Breeds ebook - or buy the book.
We've developed a new micro course on managing the soil biome.
This is a rapidly growing field of study - critical to agriculture, horticulture and environmental management.
Soil microorganisms were previously "out of sight -out of mind" ....but we are now understanding that they are critical to plant growth, control of carbon emissions, soil stability, and so much more.