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Q: Raising a sheep

August 31, 2009 | By Anonymous | 3 answers | Expired: 1781 days ago

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I am thinking of raising a sheep and was wondering how much it would all cost. I have a place to house it on a farm and it will live with a friend's ewe. I would like to know how much show sheep usually cost, how much their feed is monthly, how much vet care is, and how much supplies would cost. Would it be less expensive to buy a lamb or a sheep, and is a ewe or ram better for a beginner? I didn't want to train the sheep like a dog but for your info they can be trained. Look up "The Smartest Sheep in Grainger County"on youtube to see it!

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Ches21
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Sep 01, 2009

Sheep can be trained just like dogs. It depends are you getting a sheep or a baby sheep which is called a lamb? Are you gonna get a male or a female? Females cost more than males. What Breed are you getting? Are you getting it from a breeder or a rescue? Please get one from a shelter or a rescue. for one it will be cheaper. for two it will give a sheep or lamb a home that would otherwise not have a home. Also sheep are usaully happier in a group of at least four or more if you are only gonna keep one I would train it like a dog and keep it in the house with you and let it sleep in the same room that your dog does.

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Ethel02
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Sep 01, 2009

It is expensive, and you have to be zoned to have sheep, it's also unfair to have just one they belong in a flock, and it cannot be trained like a dog!

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Kita794
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Sep 02, 2009

If your friend has a ewe I'm surprised you haven't asked that person about sheep. I would highly suggest you read up on correct care of sheep. I raise sheep so let me give you some things to think about. First of all you cannot train a sheep like a dog, and they should not be kept in your house. Sheep do not sweat so they can overheat. Ethel02 is correct, you should never have just one sheep, they are flock animals are best in flocks of at least three. Sheep need to be sheared, how often will depend on the breed Do you want a meat sheep breed or a wool breed? Depending on the size of your pasture, how many animals are on it, what the nutritional values of the grass are will determine what the feeding needs of the sheep will be. You will also need to know the selenium levels in your area. Sheep need bi-yearly immunizations, salt specifically for sheep (its important for them), hooves trimmed, wormings, and much more. If you properly care for a sheep it isn't just a cute animal in a field, make sure you're sure this is what you want to do. As for a ewe or ram, Never buy a ram if you are not experienced with sheep, you should never completely trust them.

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