Sheep Farming for Beginners and Beyond: Everything You Need to Know, from How to Raise Sheep and What to Feed Sheep to How to Shear a Sheep and Lamb Diseases
Get all the facts about sheep in this FREE guide
OK, so you’ve been thinking about getting into sheep … or you would like to have your own source of wool … or you want to branch out from the livestock you already have.
Whatever your reason for researching sheep farming, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Here at Countryside Network, we’re small stock experts, and we love our sheep! In fact, we’re so dedicated to sheep, we’ve written a complete guide for beginners – from A to Z – and we’re giving it away FREE.
This is the ultimate beginner’s guide to sheep farming! Countryside Network publishes both Countryside & Small Stock Journal and sheep! magazine, so you know we’ve got expertise you can rely on. Plus, we know exactly what questions you have, and we answer them all in this free guide!
Starting from scratch with sheep farming
This guide is written in straightforward language – no jargon! Plus, it delivers all of the basics. We wrote Sheep Farming for Beginners and Beyond: Everything You Need to Know, from How to Raise Sheep and What to Feed Sheep to How to Shear a Sheep and Lamb Diseases to help you …
- Learn the ins and outs of sheep farming
- Discover how to raise sheep that are happy, healthy, productive, and fun
- Enjoy the fruits of your labors in meat and wool
- Choose the best sheep for your needs and preferences, whatever they are
- Become an expert on sheep farming, no matter what your level of previous experience
In short, the first step to becoming a sheep expert is to download this FREE handbook right now!
Let’s start at the beginning: Did you know, when purchasing your sheep, to look in their mouths? This guide explains how sheep with aged mouths don’t do well on the range. You get tips and diagrams to show what a healthy mouth looks like.
Of course, you’ll also want to know what to feed your sheep, so we cover that in detail. Because our writers are sheep experts, you get tricks and tips you won’t find in just any guide to sheep farming. For instance, we’ve got exactly the advice you need on rations for ewes and tips for making your high quality pasture work for your flock, as well as optimal grain rations.
Then there’s the schedule – it’s not as complicated as you would expect! Starting in January, we outline exactly what a homesteader must do for their flock. We cover everything from de-worming and lambing to treating for ticks and lice. Did you know, with proper care, lambs born in February are ready to be sold (around 100 lbs) by the end of June?
In other words, you don’t have to experiment with a single thing – just read this free sheep farming guide and get everything right the first time!
Just the right amount of sheep farming information
If you’re searching the internet for sheep farming resources, you’ve probably noticed that there’s almost too much information out there. Different suggestions for manger design, theories about feeding newborn lambs, and vague generalities about shearing and wool.
This guide is different: We separate the good from the bad, ignore the in-between and give it to you straight. For instance, there are numerous lamb diseases. This guide provides an easy-to-understand graph showing the cause, signs, prevention, treatment, and additional comments for 10 common lamb diseases. We also offer ideas on how to raise sheep naturally – without exposing your sheep to chemical pesticides that leave residues of poison on food and soil.
One day you might be comfortable experimenting on your own, but there’s no need to when you’re a beginner, if you read our guide!
Just to make sure you’ve got the picture, here’s exactly what the guide teaches you, all in that same practical, specific language:
- Choosing & buying
- Treating diseases
- How to shear wool
You get complete plans for building a sheep cote (a special shelter designed to protect sheep from the elements, predators, and parasites). You get a graph outlining 10 common lamb diseases. And, we provide detailed information on what to feed your sheep.
In other words – why wouldn’t you read this free guide before you get started in sheep farming?
Complete sheep farming confidence in 30 pages
Yep, that’s exactly what we want to give you with this free guide: Complete confidence. It will only take you 30 minutes or so to read it, but it will give you all the basics and then some, saving you time, money and aggravation down the road. Even if you’ve never owned any kind of small stock before, you’ll be completely prepared, ready to tackle this new adventure – and actually enjoy it, instead of losing sleep over it!
For instance, many people new to sheep farming may panic, wondering how to shear a sheep. Relax! We break it down into 3 main tasks. First, preparing, catching and “setting up” the sheep to be shorn. Second, shearing the sheep. Finally, keeping the wool in top condition in order to bring top dollar. We also share “how” a sheep should be shorn: (1) Belly and crotch, (2) Left hind leg and rump (3) Throat and left side, (4) Back and head, and (5) Right side.
Then there’s the tricky question of knowing when your ewes are ready to breed. This can be tough on the new sheep owner who doesn’t have a ram. Late August is the time to start putting rams in close proximity to ewes. Make sure to fertility test the rams and observe them closely for anything that would hamper breeding performance. In September, turn the rams in with the ewes at night only. Make sure to keep breeding records.
Feed rations for ewes in the first 4 months of pregnancy include good quality alfalfa or clover hay, corn silage or low moisture legume grass silage. Rams generally don’t need grain, except during breeding season.
As you can see, we’ve removed most of the obstacles you might perceive to becoming a sheep farmer, just by writing this guide! We want you to enjoy sheep farming, not just suffer through it.
So why not download the free guide right now, and start planning your sheep venture immediately? Once you see all the steps to take and how to execute them, it will start to seem much less challenging than you might have thought. Wool for fiber arts, spring lamb, or just a way to utilize extra pasture land — what’s not to love about sheep? Read the guide right now!
Yours for happy, healthy, productive sheep,
for Countryside Network
PS: Did you know that you should allow 15 square feet per ewe with about 300 square feet of lot space? Make sure it is well-ventilated – as excess moisture contributes to sanitation and health problems. Find out more about the basics of sheep farming in this FREE guide!
PPS: Remember, this useful guide is absolutely FREE and instantly downloadable. There’s no need to wait to get this expert, hands-on advice from Countryside Network!