Profitably raising sheep or goats may be a rewarding experience. However, to be successful, each sheep or goat breeder requires a set of managerial abilities.
A circular economy like resources, workforce, finance, feed, and administration is unique to each cattle company. You must manage these resources to breed sheep or goats sustainably. Here are guidelines you should consider if you want to learn more about properly breeding sheep.
Getting to Know Sheep
When launching a new sheep business, the first decision is how to raise a sheep properly.
This selection should be based on the markets in which a producer may sell sheep or goats, the resources available in the circular economy, and the producer’s objectives.
Many farmers breed females to produce lambs or youngsters to sell as breeding stock or market animals.
Others may opt to buy weaned animals, often known as feeders, to get them to market weight.
Choosing a Breed
Distinct characteristics distinguish each animal breed. Breed organizations can give information on those characteristics and assist you in determining which breed or breeds are most suited to your enterprise.
Meat-producing (ram) and fleece (ewe) sheep breeds are frequently separated.
Furthermore, certain sheep breeds are known as hair sheep because they lose their wool.
The more common hair sheep breeds produce meat. Sheep have milking breeds as well.
When Purchasing Sheep, Consider the Location and Area
Sheep are available for purchase in a variety of ways. Several sales are conducted around the country throughout the year, offering simply one breed, a range of species, or even crossbreds for purchase.
Another alternative is to find respectable breeders and buy straight from their farms.
A local auction barn may have a large selection of animals available, but buyer beware. Unfortunately, this venue’s animals are more likely to have health problems.
Principles of Choosing
Animal performance and visual evaluation are the two approaches to selecting cattle.
Animals should be chosen based on their performance first and then visually examined.
Purebred breeders that grow registered stock should learn about the breed’s breed traits, such as:
- Size and shape of your ears
- Ears, muzzles, and feet have different colours.
- Legs’ hair colour
Types for Equipment
Following suitable animals for the procedure, the essential equipment for their care must be obtained. Sheep and goat farms require a wide range of equipment.
Relays, water tubs or watering systems, and health care equipment are examples of basic equipment. Sheep and goat handling equipment is frequently used in larger businesses.
It is common practice to shear sheep or fibre goats in the spring before putting them out to pasture. New farmers frequently hire professional shearers to shear their animals.
While these farmers do not require their shearing equipment, they do want a location where a shearer can set up shop and a nearby enclosure where animals may be gathered and quickly captured.
The goal of routine health care is to avoid illness. Tagging, vaccination, docking, castrating, and deworming are common procedures.
These processes need tags and marking pliers, injections, band extension tools, and a drench syringe or cannon.
To avoid horn growth, producers may choose to disbud their goats. Using an electric dehorner is usually done quickly after the horn buds have broken through the skin.