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Hello,
I know it's prob been asked a thousand times but would like your opinions please. We are trying to decide on hair sheep (Katahdin or KatahdinxDorper) or meat goats (KikoxBoer) , do not want wool sheep.  They will be bred for meat and that is all,not pets or fiver,milk ect. They will be taken to a nearby market and sold. Prices are fairly close between the two, slightly higher for goats.  
I am wondering if anyone here has done either on a larger scale? Say 20-100+ acres? I am thinking of maybe doing some on our property and running them with or behind the cattle (more grazing so prob sheep) or putting them on leased (father-in-laws) land with his cattle but in the bush (browsing so goats).
I am leaning towards goats because of the higher price but am wondering if it's worth it since they are very hard to keep in on a larger scale. We have had Pygmy and Nigerian dwarfs as pets so keeping them in was not a problem at all.
Do goats grow slower than the hair sheep? Which will produce more twins?
Fencing is my main concern so if anyone can let me know how they do it or have done it on larger scale while rotating please let me know.

Thanks,
Tyler
 
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I have St. Croix hair sheep because: #1 St. Croix sheep are pretty much worm proof, in contrast to goats which need regular worming, #2 this breed has multiple births, with three most common for ewes over two years old. That makes them more efficient to raise than other sheep since mathematically a higher percentage of the feed is going to the babies, #3 they are not a large breed difficult to handle weighing only 130Lbs for the ewes and 160Lbs for the rams, #4 they are rather docile. That can be important when dealing with rams able to hurt you.  
 
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Growth rates will probably depend on the particular breed or cross you get as well as the line they're from.  The quality of the breeding program you get them from will a huge factor.  
 
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marcus thompson wrote:I have St. Croix hair sheep because: #1 St. Croix sheep are pretty much worm proof, in contrast to goats which need regular worming, #2 this breed has multiple births, with three most common for ewes over two years old. That makes them more efficient to raise than other sheep since mathematically a higher percentage of the feed is going to the babies, #3 they are not a large breed difficult to handle weighing only 130Lbs for the ewes and 160Lbs for the rams, #4 they are rather docile. That can be important when dealing with rams able to hurt you.  



Hey Marcus,
I was actually wanting to get St.Croix because of all the reasons you listed but I cant seem to find any in Canada for some reason?  If you know of anyone please let me know because they were my #1 choice!

Thanks,
Tyler
 
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Andrew Mayflower wrote:Growth rates will probably depend on the particular breed or cross you get as well as the line they're from.  The quality of the breeding program you get them from will a huge factor.  



Hey Andrew,
Yes that will definitely play a huge factor for sure. I was talking with the guy at the auction market though and he said that goats grow slower then sheep in general so thought id ask.  Im guessing he was talking about Boers and some type of wool sheep?

Thanks,

Tyler
 
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