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A Beginner’s Guide to Sheep Part 3

A Beginner’s Guide to Sheep There are three main purposes of sheep - wool, meat or dairy. Choosing one will simplify your choices significantly, but if you want a more diverse set of products, your strategy will become a little more complex. A breed will excel at one thing while having the ability to offer the others to a lesser extent. It will be difficult to find a breed that, for example, is equally good at producing wool and meat, and...

A Beginner’s Guide to Sheep Part 2

A Beginner’s Guide to Sheep Let us not get bogged down in names, which are unlikely to remain in memory anyway. When you are in the market for your first flock you will notice two things. First, there are registered animals and unregistered animals. Second, the registered animals are more expensive than the unregistered ones. It is the purpose of some shepherds to keep their flock as much of a pure breed as possible. This means that the...

A Beginner’s Guide to Sheep Part 1

For the layman, a sheep is a sheep, and not much is known about how diverse the breeds can be, and how different the products that result from them are. Sheep have been a domesticated animal for as long as 10 000 years by some estimates. Like a lot of domesticated animals in ancient times, sheep were primarily used for food, namely meat, and dairy. It was only much later when wool became understood as a valuable commodity and a versatile...
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