Acquired: Bred animal myself
Posted May 12, 2014
Having lived in Kingsbridge, UK, I did work, on a friend's farm where the family business was in Dorset sheep. People might ask me, whether sheep are too difficult to maintain. In a city atmosphere I would not recommend this. sheep need room to roam and a backyard will not work well. Sheep will eat grass down to the roots, and dine heartily on your shrubs, reducing them to nothing. They also eliminate waste everywhere in a yard. and you'd spend hours cleaning up after them, which is not a happy experience. In a rural environment, Dorset sheep can be a joyful exchange, playful, and quite friendly. They appreciate gentle petting and the small young ones will gulp down milk from a bottle, as a small child. They like to run, jump and carefree playing, and bantering about. A countryside atmosphere, is the only place I recommend for them.Now, as having them for pets, I really must advise one thing. If your child has one for a pet, later in years you must remind them, that their primary use is for food and wool. children who develop deep attachments with stock animals, refuse to accept this fact, and horrified when they're told that sheep are slaughtered for food. Emotionally, they simply can't make the connection.
One of my favourite times, was the spring shearing festivals. You take clippers that are for shaving heads, and carefully, and gently shave off the wool, which is excellent for a variety of clothing items.
Now, how to feed them. Grass which show be grown tall, is the best for them. There are certain feeds that I would recommend for the best feedings, If you live in California I prefer this place:(http://modestomilling.com/livestock.html). Absolutely high in protein feeds, and organic. Try to find the best organic feed sources. Avoid corn. Corn, while making them fat is horrifying for the digestive system, and irritating. Fresh water, especially springs and lakes are preferred. Be sure to keep them in a clean as possible atmosphere. If they're in a wide environment that's OK. In a pen environment, clean daily, please. Animal waste produces illness. Check their tongues for discolouration, and mouths for foaming. Looks for cuts, and unusual bruises,and discolouration of wool, or bald spots in the wool. Check the hooves, for splitting. Yes, this is a ton of work, however needed to ensure their health. AS with all animals, simply use common sence, call the Vets when needed, and your experience will be brilliant.