After reading several sheep forums, I have come to realize that there are about 101 ways to raise sheep. Okay, maybe I exaggerate a little...but there are many different management styles when it comes to raising sheep. There are definitely 101 opinions on how to raise sheep!
There have been many debates on some of these forums on several different topics. One being
Hair versus Wool Sheep.
My opinion on it-who cares? Raise what type of sheep you want!
Me personally, I love wool sheep. Wool is one of the reasons I started raising sheep.
For some, shearing is a costly, dreaded event so hair sheep may be a perfect fit for them.
What Breed is Best?
Ask a sheep person that question and you will get 101 answers!
According to Sheep 101, there are over 1000 breeds of sheep worldwide and over 40 breeds in the United States.
Pick one, or two, or three....
I think all breeds of sheep have their positive/negative. Choose the one that fits your farm. We have raised quite a few breeds here, none of them were terrible, but some didn't fit in well here with our management style. We raise Border Leicester because they FIT our farm!
Some people don't deal well with the Border Leicesters lively personalities, I love it! (most of the time)
We all have our favorites, that doesn't make them the best sheep for everyone.
Personally, you couldn't give me a Suffolk Sheep-they would probably die here, BUT Joe, the Sheep Farmer down the road may love 'em. That is okay! They have their place too.
There are many management styles, you have to find which one works for you.
What works here is grass not grain, pasture not barn, spring lambing not winter, etc..
You could visit the farm down the road and there methods could be the exact opposite.
Who is right?
We both are! We found what works for us!
I enjoy visiting sheep forums, sheep farms, and sheep symposiums. Great places to share ideas, experiences, successes and failures. We don't all agree, what fun would there be in that?
One size doesn't fit all!
I have learned there is not ONE right way to raise sheep. There is OUR way to raise sheep, and that changes all the time.
Have a great weekend!