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Raising sheep provides a great return for your money. Normally bred ewes will have twins and sometimes more in each lambing. Sheep gestation is 145 days. Lambing generally once a year. Sheep can be grain fed or grass fed. If they are grain fed, they need some roughage along with the grain as they are a grazing animal.
Things to consider when adding sheep, just as any other animal, to your backyard ranch:
Raising Sheep For Meat
Lamb meat is considered a delicacy by many cultures and can be a profitable meat source. Lamb is high in protein, vitamins and minerals. It is a strong source of iron and has zero carbohydrates. Lamb meat is very lean. Any fat is contained on the edges and can easily be trimmed off. The meat also contains antioxidants and is increasingly popular in the United States.
Raising Sheep For Wool
Sheep provide a great return for your money. Normally bred ewes will have twins and sometimes more in each lambing. Sheep gestation is 145 days. Lambing generally once a year. Sheep can live for 10-12 years.
Sheep are social and intelligent. It is said that a sheep can recognize a familiar human face in a crowd. They travel together in a herd, there is safety in numbers. Even though they can use their front feet to stamp and paw if necessary, a shepherd is often a must to keep away predators and keep the herd safe.
A sheep rolled onto its back or "cast" will normally not be able get up without assistance. The defense mechanism of the sheep is to flee away from predators. A shepherd of some type is a must. In some areas, a llama, donkey or even a dog stay with the herd to protect them from predators when a human is not feasible.
Sheep just like cattle can be different colors and be horned or "polled" (without horns).