Getting Started with Sheep
If you’re looking for information about getting started with sheep, we think the articles below, about sheep farming for beginners, are a great place to start. Each of these short, informative articles will help you learn the basics of raising sheep for fun or profit.
On this page you’ll find articles which include:
- Preparing to Own & Care for Sheep
- Sheep Farm Setup Basics & Advice
- An Introduction to Some Common Sheep Farm Projects
- General Information About Sheep Care & Husbandry
While it can be fun to dream about raising sheep, the first few years can prove challenging, and it’s important to get a sense for the time commitment and cost involved. We think the articles on this page (geared toward sheep farming for beginners) is a good starting place to research and learn about the basics of getting started with sheep farming.
And remember – this is only one section of our large website about raising sheep. Please use the navigation at the top of this page to explore the site and discover more of our articles.
Preparing to Own & Care for Sheep
Choosing the right breed of sheep for your farm is one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make. But to do this, you’ll need to determine why you want to raise sheep. Do you want your sheep farm to be profitable? Will it be a 4H flock for your child? Is it a hobby farm? Are you hoping to produce wool you can spin into yarn?
There’s a lot that goes into this decision, and we invite you to visit our full directory of sheep breeds to explore your options, and the articles below (which are written to help you in the early stages of planning to own sheep) can help too.
Chances are you’ve heard the old saying…anything worth doing is worth doing right. Keeping sheep on your farm and deciding to become a sheep producer is
Sheep Farm Setup Basics & Advice
Next, let’s dig a little deeper and explore how to set up your sheep farm for success.
There are things you’ll need to know when brushing up on sheep farming for beginners. Learn about the different options for sheep housing, fencing, and more right here.
Grass or pasture is the primary source of food and nutrients for ruminant mammals like sheep. Because of sheep’s unique digestive system, farmers need to
Rotational grazing can be extremely important in sheep farming operations. It’s the process of separating large fields into small paddocks in which sheep graze more
Trailers transport livestock to pasture, to fairs and livestock shows, from farm to farm, to auctions, and to the slaughterhouse. Sheep trailers vary in size
Common Sheep Farm Projects
Sheep farming is hard work, and there are some projects and tasks you’ll be required to do pretty regularly. Understanding what these projects are, and what’s involved will help you understand the basics as a beginner to sheep farming.
Here are just a few of the projects you’ll be responsible for when you own sheep:
If you are a sheep farmer or hope to have a flock one day, understanding the different medications and antibiotics for sheep that exist, and
General Information about Sheep Care and Husbandry
Now let’s take a step back and think big-picture. In this section you can learn some of the basics of caring for sheep the right way.
Learn about your flock’s nutritional needs and how you’ll need to provide for your sheep.
Shearing, skirting, and spinning are part of the cycle for farmers on sheep fiber farms. They are activities that require hard work to ensure that
If you’re to achieve and maintain a healthy flock, your sheep need specific amounts of energy, vitamins, energy, minerals, water, and fiber. Ensuring that the
Don’t stop now, let’s keep learning! Next up, we’ll explore all about growing your flock and grazing best practices.