No matter what sort of livestock you keep, diarrhea, also known as scours, is bound to be a problem at one point or another. Sheep, unfortunately, seem to suffer from it more than most. Aside from being terribly nasty, it can spread disease and parasites, resulting in dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and even death, especially for […]
Many homesteaders prefer to raise sheep, and for good reason. They provide meat, milk, and wool.
If you have the space, raising sheep could definitely be an option for you.
Sheep have been domesticated for a very long time, and as with every domesticated species of animal, humanity has developed many different breeds. Each of these breeds is optimized for a specific purpose, a specific environment, or just for greater productivity, but when it comes to sheep in particular there is one major difference between domestic
If you’ve ever stopped to watch sheep meandering around a pasture, you’ve probably noticed that the adults and the lambs from time to time will rear back and headbutt each other… Sometimes they might even give the people trying to take care of them a good whack! It sure looks funny, maybe even a little
Sheep are herbivorous grazers, and that means they subsist entirely on a diet of plant matter, and mostly on grass, hay and things like that. However, sheep can eat fruits and vegetables, and even a few things that might surprise you. How about chocolate? Chocolate is made from cocoa and that comes from plants. Can
Broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables around, and is packed with vitamins and minerals. Although individuals might love it or hate it, there’s no denying that it is something that belongs in a healthy diet. But how about the diets of our sheep? Can sheep eat broccoli too? Yes, sheep may eat broccoli but
Sheep love to graze. That is pretty much all they do when they are awake. Grass, hay, and all sorts of low-growing greenery are on the menu. But did you know that sheep actually need a fairly varied diet of pasturage to get all the nutrients they need to be healthy? How about something like
Everyone knows that sheep mostly ear pasturage in the form of grass, hay and similar plant matter. Fewer people know that sheep can also eat a variety of vegetables and even fruit. It’s true! And more than this, produce can be invaluable for rounding out a sheep’s diet by making sure they have all of
Sheep typically live on a diet of grass, hay and other pasturage, but they can eat all sorts of other leafy greens in addition, including many vegetables. In fact, sheep and their owners might depend on some of these vegetables to supplement their diet with nutrients that might be lacking in their usual food. How
It’s hard to say, because a quick search on the internet will show that some owners claim their sheep seem to enjoy other animal feed that has meat in it, and there are even some claims of wild sheep eating small mammals. Is any of this true? Can sheep eat meat? No, sheep should not
Sheep mostly eat a diet of grass, hay and other pasturage, but those aren’t the only things they can eat. Sheep can also eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, including many of the same ones that you and I eat every day. How about cucumbers, for instance. Can sheep eat cucumbers? Yes, sheep may