Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog Forum News > The Fire Hydrant

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-16-2012, 06:35 AM
StephyMei1112's Avatar
StephyMei1112 StephyMei1112 is offline
Join Date: May 2012
Location: No fixed abode.
Posts: 922
Default Keeping sheep - my goals in the next 10 years

Just to entertain my thoughts and because I'm super super bored....

Does anyone here know anything about or actually raise/keep sheep?

Within the next 10 years hopefully I want to acquire a small plot (around 15 acres) of land near the interior of the province that is appropriate for livestock and comfortable living (kinda tired of cities...). And I really want a hatchery and to keep sheep.

I don't plan on having a huge flock. I know their basic feed and space requirements and that if it's a larger amount of sheep I will need herding skills, a herding dog and preferably a LGD as well (which I have and will probably continue to have in the future). Does anyone on here actually have any though or know about the differences in the breeds of sheep?

I really like the look of the Cheviot, Karakul, and Hampshire sheep.

So damned fluffy!

Feudin' and fightin' and a-fussin,'
That's all that's goin' on with us'n!
We are such neighborly people, peaceful and sweet!
All except when we happen to meet.

Stories, Poetry, and Musings

"And it's all been lost before, so there's nothing to lose..."

"There are those that love dogs insanely and those that don't. But once you like a dog, you're sunk. You're a dog person for life."

UKC Kuvasz Standard
AKC Kuvasz Standard
Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 08:27 AM
JoLeigh's Avatar
JoLeigh JoLeigh is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Greenville SC
Posts: 581

Depends on what you want from them meat? fiber? I know a bit about them but I think sheep drool and goats rule so....I do think baby dolls are cute though. What type of LGD are you getting another Kuvasz? Are you going to get a perimeter guard as well? Most of the time that works out better with a larger herd you have your first defense (CAS, Gampr, ect) and then you still have some that stay with the sheep (Kuvasz, Anatolian, ect)
Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 08:29 AM
~WelshStump~'s Avatar
~WelshStump~ ~WelshStump~ is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 835

Not much, but we have 5 wool sheep, 3 purebred Shetlands and two Border Leicester crosses. The basics I've learned so far? Test your fences! Because they will! Can't count the times Weena (BL) has gotten out now, Loo (Shetland) is a big escapee too because she's the smallest. And if you get a "bottle brat" ram, NEUTER! We did just because we didn't want a "ram", but have since found out that more sheep related injuries (and even a few fatalities) are caused by bottle brat rams than any others.

This is Nigel with chicken Coco

Oh yeah, and Shetlands are like goats, here's Nigel climbing the fence, he's such a PITA! He gets into everything.
Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 09:20 AM
Beanie's Avatar
Beanie Beanie is offline
Clicker Cult Coordinator
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Illinois
Posts: 14,007

Auggie's breeder has sheep. They are Barbados sheep so haired sheep instead of wooly sheep. I kind of think I would like some wooly sheep myself, but the Barbados sheep are really easy keepers. I also really like St. Croix sheep too as far as haired sheep go (also, both sexes are polled, which is kind of nice.)

I definitely would like some one day, mostly as "pets" for the dogs - sheep to work my dogs on. But I don't think it will work out that way financially, unless I seriously find a guy crazy enough to embark with me on things like buying a small hobby farm and raising sheep...
And chickens.

Auggie - The Flash RN NAJ MXP MJP CGC
Payton - Sharp Dressed Man NA NAJ NF CGC
Dagger Baby - coming 2016
& the pest, Georgie - Peach Pudding N Pie OA AXJ
The Sheltiechick Blog
Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 09:28 AM
Shai's Avatar
Shai Shai is offline
& the Muttly Crew
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 6,216

Originally Posted by Beanie View Post
I definitely would like some one day, mostly as "pets" for the dogs - sheep to work my dogs on. But I don't think it will work out that way financially, unless I seriously find a guy crazy enough to embark with me on things like buying a small hobby farm and raising sheep...
And chickens.
Hey, they exist. I found one lol.

Personally I like Katahdin an St. Croix sheep. And Boer goats.

As for wire is your friend.

ARCHX U-CD Kim MX MXJ NF CL3-SF RL3/2X/1X-COE CGC -- Golden Ditzhund, b. ~Mar'07
MACH ARCHX U-CD Webster MXB MJB RL3/2X/1X-COE CGC -- Flying Houdini, b. ~Jun'07
MACH Mira CDX JH MXS MJS CGC WCX -- Princess Cheeseface, b. Jul'09
Lodin NA NAJ -- Crazy Monkeybean, b. Dec'13
Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 09:32 AM
sparks19's Avatar
sparks19 sparks19 is offline
I'd rather be at Disney
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Lancaster, PA
Posts: 28,562

I don't know anything about raising sheep or about sheep in general. But I follow a blog called Ingleside Farm (she has a facebook page too) and she raises Icelandic sheep (I believe that's correct) and she has a wealth of knowledge. you shoudl check it out

“Meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain. Meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure.”

G.K. Chesterton
“Family fun is as necessary to modern living as a kitchen refrigerator.” – Walt Disney
Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 09:53 AM
BlackPuppy's Avatar
BlackPuppy BlackPuppy is offline
Owned by Belgians
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 674

A dog show friend of mine is married to a veterinarian. For her birthday 30 years ago, he bought her 3 sheep. All because she had a Tervuran and took some herding lessons.

Today she keeps a flock of blue faced Liecester sheep that she takes to shows and sells their fiber. Of course that means she also breeds and sells livestock guard dogs.

So, be careful what you wish for.

ETA: She always tells people who are interested in herding. "My sheep are not toys for dog." LOL! Her Dutch Shepherds leave the sheep alone. Probably because of the huge white dogs that protect them.
Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 10:00 AM
SaraB SaraB is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 5,798

My husband and I have already decided that the next house we buy (2-4 years from now) will have acreage so that we can keep a small flock of sheep. I will say that from what I've learned hanging out with sheep for the last 5 weeks is that man, they are dumb creatures! Zinga chased one into a gate yesterday so hard that he was wobbly afterwards. Um really sheep? She's 18lbs, you could just stomp her.

Bazinga, Zip Tie, Zuma, Taboo
Envy, Edgar, Mighty Mouse, Famous
Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 11:14 AM
Romy's Avatar
Romy Romy is offline
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 10,234

You should totally get painted deserts! Supposedly their meat tastes less like mutton and more like venison because of the recent mouflon blood. Someone needs to get them so they can tell me if it's true.

Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 11:20 AM
Fran101's Avatar
Fran101 Fran101 is offline
Resident fainting goat
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Boston
Posts: 12,548

Get fainting goats!!!

Disclaimer: I work for Trupanion and love it/our policy! But I do not speak for the company or as the company.
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:49 PM.

©1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site