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Thinking about giving my pet sheep away

 
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We originally got our Jacob sheep in order to obtain agricultural status on our land so we could transition to wildlife management. Also, I thought I might be interested in wool crafts. Now we have wildlife management status and I find I'm not that drawn to wool crafts, though I have done a little. I'm getting too achey and painy to easily manage shearing them, and there don't seem to be any shearers to hire for such a small flock. I'm thinking of trying to give them away to someone who needs sheep to obtain ag status, but does not want to continue raising sheep beyond that. These are old sheep ranging in age from about 8 to about 10 years. Jacobs are a long-living breed, so these probably have another 5 years or so in them, enough to fulfill the 5 of 7 years needed for ag qualification, and then you could transition to wildlife management. These are not breeding sheep, obviously, they are just pets, but they aren't very tame so not pet-able, unfortunately. They have tremendous personality, though. Jacobs are considered a "primitive goat-like breed" so their behavior is more like goats than sheep, except they don't climb like goats. They are excellent escape artists and trouble-makers and need good fencing. The wool is sturdy and good for outer garments and felt, though the youngest ewe has softer wool.

Let me know if any of you in the region might be interested in these guys and gals. Their names are Yog Sothoth (Yoggie), Cthulhu (Tuli), Miriam (Mimi), Pantalaimon (Pan), and Valentine:

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left to right: Yoggie, Mimi, Tuli, Valentine, Pan
 
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Possibly someone who is more interested in the wool crafts would like more sheep at that price. I used pie powers to add your post the goat/sheep/llama forums, also.
 
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Thank you!

I meant to mention: This is an all-or-nothing deal; the whole flock must go to a good home, or none.

 
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Good. Lone sheep and goats are seldom happy. At this age, they will not welcome a change in herd composition.
 
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I wish we were ready. We would love to have these pets. We just bought 40 acres in Central Texas. We won't actually be moving to it for a year or so. I am not able to leave my current job for a year. We hope to make it a weekend home until we are able to leave completely. We are currently in the DFW area.

I have been reading the forums the last couple of days. Oh my. I have just loved the wealth of knowledge.


I hope you find a wonderful home for these beauties.
 
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They may still be around by the time you move to your place, they seem to want to live forever!

 
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i have a place near shiner if you need to get rid of them. i have around 20 acres and only 13 goats so far so plenty of space and forage. would have to figure out how to shear them but willing to learn.
 
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We shear them with a horse trimmer, which would go with them.  

 
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well if you don't get any takers just tell me and i can come and pick them up.
 
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Ok thanks!  So far nobody else wants them, so I'll double check with my husband to see if he really wants to get rid of them.  I'm pretty sure he'll be fine with it.  They were always my sheep, he's never been thrilled with the idea of having them.  I think it's too hot to transport them this time of year, though, so can you wait until cooler weather?  They are quite old and might get ill if they experience extra stress from heat in addition to the stress of being transported.
 
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Now with cooler weather it should be safe to transport these guys and gals.

 
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Brandon just came and took the sheep away to their new home.  Thank you Brandon!  

 
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thank you for letting me have them. they are in their new pen and in time will introduce them to the goats. right now they have a ton of green grass to eat and time to get use to their new environment.
 
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