Posted Aug 12, 2015
We kept a small flock of sheep for quite a few years, mainly as a meat animal. Unlike goats, which tend to be friendly with people, sheep are more inclined to run in the opposite direction. However, unlike goats, which are known escape artists, sheep are content to graze in the paddock where they are put with no desire to get out. They are good mothers and their lambs are reasonably hardy in the cold weather, though there is always a danger of foxes sniping lambs overnight.
They can be a little bit of work as they need to be shorn in the hot weather, but as a plus you can sell the wool for profit. Their biggest downfall is their proneness to getting flyblown (flies infesting their backside and laying maggots), which requires them to be crutched and treated—a most unpleasant job!