raising-sheep

Are Rams Dangerous? Not With Proper Management.
September 20, 2019 · · Sheep

By Laurie Ball-Gisch, The Lavender Fleece – Many people who are interested in keeping sheep hesitate because they have heard that rams are dangerous and hard to keep. So, are rams …

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Barbados Blackbelly Sheep: Back From the Brink of Extinction
September 8, 2019 · · Sheep

By Carol Elkins, Founder Consortium of Barbados Blackbelly Sheep Breeders In 2004, there were fewer than 100 Barbados Blackbelly sheep in the U.S. It took a while for breeders to …

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Finnsheep are the Perfect Fiber Animals

By Mary O’Malley, Honeysuckle Farm johnandmaryomalley@yahoo.com An ancient variety, Finnsheep are both meat- and wool-yielding animals. Finnish sheep characteristics have been bred for thousands of years. Stentorp—the farm of Jill Christensen …

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Sheep Breeds for Fiber, Meat, or Dairy
August 6, 2019 · · Sheep

There are numerous sheep breeds in the world and raising sheep serves many purposes. Some sheep breeds lend themselves to provide the whole range of products, Rambouillet sheep, Dorset sheep, and …

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What to Feed Sheep for Prime Wool Production
July 19, 2019 · · Sheep

A large part of raising wool animals is knowing what to feed sheep in order to obtain good quality wool. Feeding choices will vary from place to place. The sheep farmers …

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Wool-Yielding Animals for Yarn and Fiber
July 12, 2019 · · Homesteading

Yarn weights are considerations when deciding which fiber breed or species to raise for your yarn. Wool, fleece, and fiber can be harvested from a number of wool-yielding animals, including …

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5 Critical Sheep Breeds for the Homestead
July 9, 2019 · · Sheep

Raised for their hides, meat, milk, and wool, sheep are versatile. In addition to providing a local source of food and fiber, small flock owners are looking to support livestock conservation …

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Hair Sheep Breeds – The Right Choice for You?
June 21, 2019 · · Sheep

Hair sheep breeds are growing in popularity as consumers look for economical ways to raise homestead meat animals. Hair breeds have many positive traits that make them an ideal animal for …

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Try Suffolk Sheep for Meat and Wool on the Farm
June 20, 2019 · · Sheep

Suffolk sheep were first recognized in 1797 in sheep breed books. Since 1888, the Suffolk sheep have traveled to new continents and become a staple of American and Canadian sheep …

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A DIY Mobile Sheep Shelter

By Carole West – Do you really need a barn for small livestock? This was a question I pondered before we acquired sheep. I came to the realization that most sheep …

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Raising Sheep for Meat – Flavor-Based Success

By Alan Harman – Raising sheep for meat that are from the “land of fire and ice,” Barb Gunness’ flock of Icelandic sheep are right at home close to the …

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14 Ways to Cut Costs on the Sheep Farm
May 12, 2019 · · Sheep

By Marvin R. Gray – With spiraling sheep feed costs and unpredictable fuel prices, flockmasters raising sheep for profit are seeking ways to operate their flocks more profitably and efficiently. Here are 14 cost-cutting and …

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How to Shear a Sheep and Other Fiber Animals
April 29, 2019 · · Sheep

Learning how to shear a sheep takes practice and time. Before you head out to buy sheep shearing supplies try to observe a professional sheep shearer and ask questions. The …

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Poop for Profit? How to Sell Manure

By Mary O’Malley, Honeysuckle Farm, Silver Spring, Md. Learning how to sell manure can turn an unpleasant byproduct into more than garden gold. When people decide to raise sheep, they’re …

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Is a Livestock Guardian Dog the Right Choice?
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Using a livestock guardian dog dates back more than 2,000 years. Dogs bred for the purpose of protecting livestock from predators and thieves were necessary when nomadic people roamed thousands of …

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