I just picked up my first Hair Sheep. Just on FM for now till I find one more, then a ram in the early fall.
I have had goats for a long time and have never had any problems kidding them.
Anything I should be doing different with the sheep? I will be putting her into a small stall about two weeks before delivers for warmth and safety.
All my reading say's it just about the same as goats.
I just can wait to taste my first rack of lamb in the late fall next year.
We have three barbados sheep and three goats in the same paddock, at least we used to until the one buck started trying to mate with our female sheep which was in heat. We did a little searching and found that they can actually impregnate the sheep, but the baby can be still born or sterile. We don't want to go that route. We want sheep babies not hybrids. So, we separated them. You don't want to give sheep the same mineral supplement if it has copper in it. While goats have a high nutritional requirement for copper, it can be toxic to sheep. To overcome this problem, we gave the goats half size Copasure boluses of copper rods that should stay inside their bellies for months, and we feed both goat and sheep dolomite and sea kelp in their soaked grain and set out a salt lick as a supplement. Keeping both together hasn't been a problem until breeding time.
We have them with goats, cattle, and hogs. Minimal problems. We band the males ASAP and give them a tetanus and vitamin shot when we do it but that is the only thing we do for them.
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I'm new to sheep also. I have 6 hair sheep and counting. I do not put up my ewes to lamb. I give them acces to a barn and since it has been so bitterly cold in ky I put a dog sweater on the one lamb we have had. I got lots of different sizes. Only use sweaters made out of fibers that will stay warm if they get wet. Another pic at less than one day old.
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