Raising sheep on pasture requires a basic understanding of pasture management, breeding & lambing, and mitigation methods for common disease. I walk the beginner shepherd through each aspect; sharing vivid pictures, easy to follow instruction, and personal stories from my own journey with sheep.
In 2018, my family bought a flock of 35 sheep to graze on 30 acres. We bought the sheep with no previous experience raising 4-footed livestock.
In our first year, 40% of our lambs died before they hit 8 months old.
This was because we were unaware of the basics of raising sheep.
Over the course of 5 years, my family and I earned a hard and fast education on raising sheep. We also began to practice regenerative pasture management.
Through what we learned (as outlined in this book), death rate on our sheep farm went from 40% in 2019 to less than 5% in 2022! The industry average for sheep is 15%, so this decrease was phenomenal.
In 2021, I purchased the flock from my family to launch a diversified, farming-for-profit operation.
Nothing will eliminate the learning curve, but I have written this book with a desire to soften it for beginner shepherds everywhere.
The information in this book is best suited for small flocks on 30 acres or less. View this information as a springboard for continuing education and not as a complete guidebook. As a shepherd, the learning never ends…