I recently published a YouTube video and a more detailed companion e-book titled 6 Things You Need to Get Started with Sheep
The genesis of this came from Justin Rhodes. He asked if I could help him get ready for the lambs he is brining onto his homestead this spring. I made a list of materials with links and send it to him. After doing all the research and compiling the list, I thought I should share it with everyone.
Let me know what you think. I've never made an e-book before so I'm curious about the feedback. My hope is that it is a really good resource for people who are looking at getting started with sheep on a homestead scale.
Great suggestion for future content Kyrt! What has worked for me with some of my sheep has been spending a lot of time with them in a small corral and feeding them treats (organic alfalfa pellets or organic field peas). Food helps build trust.
Sheep are great and you do a great job promoting them in an easily understandable way. I also like the simple solutions , yet not overlooking the important points in good husbandry.
This video will inspire many which is good because the world can use more sheep !!
Nick Truscott wrote:Really helpful video - we are just prepping to get our first sheep as "lawnmowers" to keep our horse paddock under controil and hopefully some of the pesky perennial weeds like docks
That's great Nick! I'm glad the video was helpful. Thank you for the feedback.
I know Justin had a lot of issues, and his initial foray into sheep was fairly disastrous (I think 4 of his 5 lambs died within a couple weeks or so). Can you comment on what his issues were, and how best to avoid/mitigate/treat those issues?
I'm wanting to get sheep as soon as I can get everything set up, and with a full time job, lots of kids, and already dealing with poultry that might be a while, but I do see sheep (or possibly goats, or a combination) as being an important part of my plans for the home.
Plus, lamb is delicious.
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