A Beginner’s Guide to Sheep Part 4

October 13, 2019 2,125 Comments

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 …

A Beginner’s Guide to Sheep Part 3

September 27, 2019 3,387 Comments

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 …

A Beginner’s Guide to Sheep Part 2

September 18, 2019 4,722 Comments

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 …

A Beginner’s Guide to Sheep Part 1

September 6, 2019 972 Comments

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, …