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Raising sheep can be fun and rewarding if you live on a small farm or even in a rural home with a bit of available pasture space. They are docile, gentle animals for hobby farms, and they serve many purposes, such as providing meat, wool and even milk. For many rural families, sheep are virtual pets.
If you are considering raising sheep on your small farm or homestead, here are some basics to consider before you start assembling your flock.
People have raised sheep for milk, meat, and wool for thousands of years, and for good reason. Sheep have some distinct advantages over other types of livestock:
Sheep are relatively small and easy to handle, compared with cows, horses, and pigs.
Sheep don’t need perfect pasture land; they happily eat brush, grasses, and weeds that grow in poor soil.
Sheep manure will fertilize the soil. Sheep pastures can be rotated with crop planting. A former sheep pasture is a marvelously fertile spot for growing crops.
Indian sheep breeds:
2. Chennai red
3. Ramanadhapuram white
7. Trichy black