Su Ba wrote: But goats tend to be more difficult to keep fenced in than sheep.
R Hasting wrote:
In addition, my drive to the farm is not insignificant. About 30 minutes, 50 minutes during traffic after work.
My math tells me I am going to need at least seven electronet rolls and maybe as many as 8. I think it makes sense to build my paddocks in 164' squares. .62 acres
Cj Verde wrote:
OK, a few things.
1. I don't see how this can work if the farm is a 30-50 minute commute. Sheep find so many ways to get into trouble that without a shepherd on site disasters seems a given.
2. Why would you need 7 rolls?
3. I wouldn't be so concerned about breaking even your first year. IMHO, more than a few sheep to start off with as a novice is a bad idea.
R Hasting wrote:
1. We have a full time farm caretaker plus the farmer that will looking out for them. on the daily basis. The farm already has over 700 animals (including chickens:-)
2. Because I think I want a paddock of 160X160 instead of 80X80, (which would require moving daily) and before I move them from one paddock to the next, I need the next paddock set up.
I don't wish to go chasing goats:-) I lose that race every time.
As far as electronetting goes, if I had more money, and sheep that I could use with electric fence, I would lay them out in long rectangles moving the shorter fence when I wanted to let them into a new paddock. I think you do want to move them daily if you can.
Terri Matthews wrote:In my area a fat lamb may only sell for $15.
Terri Matthews wrote:I would first find where you would market them, and then see what they are selling for!
Terri Matthews wrote:WOW!
Historically, in my area, sheep were said to ruin the grass for cattle, and cattle were big business. Sheep were *NOT* welcome!
Nobody cares any longer, of course, but the people who grew up in this area did not grow up eating lamb. Mostly, anyways. Lamb is a bit like watercress: everybody has heard of it but not that many people have tried it!
Jonathan Bethea wrote:How are things Going? great forum for folks who are still in the research stage
Cj Verde wrote:I just heard a permaculture voices podcast about Gulf Coast sheep.
Mike Cornwell wrote:The wife doesn't want to do sheep because Ben Falk scared her to death that they get diseased too easily. I think his situation is a tad different than ours. Also his place (in my opinion) was much more in need of goats than sheep. But if I remember rightly he had issues with fencing or something. Gulf Coast sheep sound like just what I need.
wayne fajkus wrote:My understanding is after one year old the meat gets gamy. We processed close to the one year mark and it tastes good. My processor raises sheep and he does his at 4 months old.
It's hiblers in San saba.
wayne fajkus wrote:My understanding is after one year old the meat gets gamy.
wayne fajkus wrote:Everything is easier.