Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted May 25, 2014
Most people raise sheep for their meat, fleece, or milk. I guess that makes me a bit of an oddball, as my sheep are mostly just my companions. Though we do milk them, it's more of an added bonus. Sheep are surprisingly friendly and calm creatures. They follow me around lazily as I take care of farmyard chores, and bah at me plaintively when I feed them in the winter. In the summer, they act as lawnmowers, happily clear-cutting my grass, with my goat cleaning up the edges for them. Who needs a landscaper when you have livestock? Haha.
We give the wool we collect from our sheep to a friend of ours who does fiber art, and she praises it as some of the best she's ever worked with. Just be careful in the winter time. Though they have wooly coats, sheep can die from the cold if you don't keep their barn warm enough. We had a generator blow in the middle of a winter freeze, and lost one of ours.