Worked with animal (didn’t own)
Oklahoma, United States
Posted Apr 03, 2012
I have never owned my own Coopworth sheep, but I have worked with a lot of them over the years. Usually I see either sheep around 1-2 years old or I'm working in the birthing barns. These sheep are great with all people. Their attitude is fantastic, and while they can be stubborn when you're trying to handle them they are never ill-tempered. The ewes make great mothers, and while they seem to have a lot of twins I have never seen any birthing problems. They are great just being out on pasture with minimal management, but in my experience they don't always handle the heat too well. We had to rotate the sheep and spray them all down with cold water for about 15 minutes each, but ours weren't sheared, either, since they weren't raised for fiber. But this breed does make a great dual purpose breed. They would also just be great for 4H, because they have a great temperament and children could easily work with them. But then you would need at least 2, because they definitely have that flock mentality. The one time we only had one lamb for a little bit it was obviously stressed and distressed, and the pig in the next pen took it upon herself to go out of her way to chase this poor lamb while he was out and headbutt him in the side. Also, their faces are super adorable.