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Sheep - meat, fiber and pelts

 
                    
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Hi I raise sheep for meat fiber and pelts...
after raising my animals how "industry" suggested for about 6 months
I decided to start them on an organic path.. anyone here also going this route?
Nina
 
                    
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sheep care- for healthy sheep it is important to remember that they do need some copper
in their salt and minerals to be able to effectively rid themselves of assorted stomach worms.
I mix goat minerals with my sheep minerals add kelp and ground garlic. I put this
in several tube containers around the sheep shed and the sheep self medicate.
For worming I use the FAMACHA method and individually worm when the sheep show
signs of anemia... Since adding copper to the sheeps mineral mix, the fleeces are even
better, stronger and softer to spin.
 
                    
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Pat Coleby has written an excellent book on caring for sheep. She is an Australian, with a wide knowledge of
livestock. Although the sheep she writes about are  the breeds in Australia - mostly Merino lines- the information
she gives is applicable to most sheep with minor modifications per  individual breed.
The intentional planting of the dicots and monocots that sheep like in the pastures and areas where they forage
a necessary step to  long term sheep health.
Using Chlorahexidine as a shoe spray before you allow others to walk your farm/homestead/intentional community/ is an excellent way to keep your animals healthy and safer from problems brought onto your farm by others.
 
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I raise goats and have been told that sheep are better grazers. How do they do as "lawn mowers". Are parasites a big problem if they are used to graze short lawn type areas like with goats?
 
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