How to raise sheep? Breeding tips

 How to raise sheep? Breeding tips

How to raise sheep? Breeding tips

How do choose the breed of sheep to raise?

All species of sheep are not comparable depending on the use that one wishes to make of these animals around the house. If you want to recover the wool from the sheep you are going to welcome into your home, you should favor breeds such as Merino. If it's mutton that interests you, opt for a North County Cheviot, a Southdown, a Dorset Down, a Hampshire, or even a Suffolk. Some species will allow you to use the sheep's wool along with its meat. This is the case of Columbia, Corriedale, Polypay, or Targhee.

Be aware that the breeds found in Europe are both meat, wool, and milk breeds. A hardy breed like the Ouessant sheep is rather recommended if you adopt this animal to mow your lawn. To choose a breed of sheep, it is best to observe local practice: in any case, approach a breeder near you to buy your sheep.

Although they can be adopted at any age, prefer a young sheep, which has just been weaned. He will adapt much more easily to his environment and to the animals around him. The sheep is a gregarious animal that cannot stand loneliness. Adopt at least two at a time or offer companions like a donkey or a goat.

Sheep habitat

It takes between 200 and 300 m² of land per sheep. The pasture of the sheep must be necessarily fenced so that they do not escape and to prevent the entry of predators. A resilient domestic animal, sheep do not necessarily need shelter, especially if you choose a breed that matches the weather in your area. However, your sheep will appreciate being able to take shelter from the wind, rain, and sun in summer.

Sheep feed

Sheep feed on the grass they find in their pasture. If the soil is not rich enough, their diet must be supplemented with hay and concentrated feed in the form of cereals that you will buy raw to avoid GMO soy being present. To provide them with all the mineral salts they need, it is necessary to provide sheep with specific salt lick blocks for sheep. They should also always be able to drink fresh, clean water. Please note: sheep are very fond of trees, vegetables, and flowers in the garden and vegetable patch. Remember to protect them well from your animals.

Sheep care

Before adopting sheep at home, you must bear in mind that these animals require a lot of availability. Indeed, in terms of food already, if the sheep cannot feed themselves properly on their pasture, they will have to be provided with food every day. Then, if you want to use sheep's wool in particular, you will have to take good care of it and call on a shearer once a year between April and June.
On the other hand, sheep are susceptible to diseases caused by parasites, you must deworm them regularly. Sheep hooves are also fragile and can cause pain in the animal's legs. It must therefore be taken care of regularly.

Mandatory identification

The law obliges all owners of sheep to have an eight-digit national holding number. This identification is assigned by the Livestock Establishments (EDE) present in each department. Following the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in the UK in 2001, identification tags fitted with transponders were made compulsory for each sheep to ensure traceability. These earrings must be placed on the animals' ears before they are six months old.

Sheep breeding is also subject to the regulatory obligation to keep a breeding register. The latter must include a "Global identification sheet and plan of the farm" and a "Sheet presenting the zootechnical health and veterinary supervision of the breeding". All animal care must also be recorded.

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