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The Animal Lawnmowers Are Back in Action

Not only do sheep make great food, but they are also of great help when it comes to mowing the lawn. Yes, exactly, the yard. Why use technical aids when the animal lawnmowers can do the job at least as well? At least that's what those responsible on Vienna's Danube Island seem to have thought. They used sheep to tend the lawn. The animal helpers seem to do their job well because the city uses them regularly. The Animal Lawnmowers Are Back in...

Essential Information for Sheep Housing Part 2

The options you will have available to you will depend on your climate, landscape and budget. If you are building a brand new barn, your first order of business will be choosing the site. Choosing a site poorly can cause a great deal of headache and expense, so don’t make assumptions - research the matter or consult professionals in your area about the kind of problems that you might encounter on your land that you might not have thought...

Essential Information for Sheep Housing Part 1

Essential Information for Sheep Housing Sheep farming is not only just about the field. While important, simply buying the best plot of land available on the market at the time won’t do, even if it does have something resembling a barn that you may plan to fix up and save some money as a result. This may be a good plan in some cases, but not always, as there is more to a barn than just the four walls and a roof. Here will provide you with the...

The Modern Shepherd: How to Use the Internet in Sheep Rearing

The internet has infiltrated every single area of modern-day life and that includes rural lifestyles such as sheep farming. Whereas many people’s impression of farm life is one of isolation, tradition and ancient technology, for farmers the reality is very different. In order to make the farming life a profitable one, farmers have always had to implement the very latest in appropriate technology. So, the idea of rural sheep rearing and the...

Essential Information for Sheep Breeding Part 2

Under perfect circumstances an ewe is fertile throughout the year. But much like with a human, greater care must be taken of nutrition and health. First, make sure that the pregnant ewe is not under any undue amount of stress. If you have an overexcited dog doing the shepherding, you might want to limit the ewe’s exposure to it. Food should be of the highest possible quality, as well as water, which should always be clean - the latter point...

Essential Information for Sheep Breeding Part 1

Essential Information for Sheep Breeding Sheep farming, as any other farming really, is a messy affair. And there is perhaps nothing more messy than breeding the animals you farm. Being vigilant and strategic about every step of the process is essential, not only for the achieving of the desired result, but for preventing tragic accidents or loss due to error. It’s important to check with yourself as to the goals you’re actually trying to...

How to Choose a Sheepdog Part 2

How to Choose a Sheepdog Another clear advantage of a puppy is the bond you form with it early on. Training a sheepdog is not complex from the standpoint of the end result you’re trying to achieve. You’re looking to train an obedient animal who will be able to wrangle the flock in an effective way and fast, without it being too aggressive and stressing the sheep unnecessarily. Any well-trained sheep dog will be able to perform this task....

How to Choose a Sheepdog Part 1

How to Choose a Sheepdog If the pasture is sprawling and the flock is many, you are going to need help getting those wooly beats back into their enclosure. Thankfully for the average shepherd’s budget, it doesn’t have to be a full-time employee that will need a wage and benefits package. A dog will do the job just as well, and arguably more reliably than a person would. That is why dogs have been used in shepherding for thousands of years....

Sheep Feed 101

Sheep Feed 101 It might seem like a somewhat silly question to ask, but inquiring deeper into the diet of sheep is important to keep a happy and healthy flock. Sheep are among the pickier eaters of the farm animal world and will have their own favorites, as well as feeding patterns particular to them. Most importantly, the climate of your pasture will affect the nutritional content of your feed, so making sure you supplement feed with something...

A Beginner’s Guide to Sheep Part 4

A Beginner’s Guide to Sheep hile sheep have to compete with other highly common animals with respect to dairy and meat, where they have the market cornered is wool. With the exception of llamas and alpacas, sheep have no competition when it comes to wool production. Thus it will come as no surprise that sheep are commonly categorized according to their coats, their length, composition, and thickness of fibers. Sheep are not purely wool, they...
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