Getting started with sheep

K35TR3L

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Livestock Farmer
Hi all

I'm interested in getting about Herdwick ewes with lamb at foot to fatten up and sell - I've got a few acres of good grassland to use. Please could I have any advice - lambing, what you need to do in terms of injections - do I need an ATV/trailer, and if so, which one? Are Herdwicks OK - I know they're good at escaping and also take a long time to fatten up but also require minimum intervention and can lamb outside (and look great too). How would I sell the meat, too? Which way makes the most money, and do you think ic ould make a profit?

Any help greatly appreciated.

https://sellmylivestock.com/view/listing/herdwick-breeding-ewes-lambs-BCBD2805
 

Highland Mule

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Livestock Farmer
Hi all

I'm interested in getting about Herdwick ewes with lamb at foot to fatten up and sell - I've got a few acres of good grassland to use. Please could I have any advice - lambing, what you need to do in terms of injections - do I need an ATV/trailer, and if so, which one? Are Herdwicks OK - I know they're good at escaping and also take a long time to fatten up but also require minimum intervention and can lamb outside (and look great too). How would I sell the meat, too? Which way makes the most money, and do you think ic ould make a profit?

Any help greatly appreciated.

https://sellmylivestock.com/view/listing/herdwick-breeding-ewes-lambs-BCBD2805

Don’t buy any livestock until you have experience of looking after someone else’s, or else full time access to an experienced shepherd. There are plenty complications to be considered and animal welfare will suffer if you don’t, no matter how well meaning you are.

And no, you won’t make any profit out of sheep, not unless you have many more than that and probably not even then.

If you’re keen to have some cute fluffy animals in your garden, get a local shepherd to graze your fields for you for a few seasons and help out when you’re able. Don’t expect payment as he won’t be making any meaningful profit either, but if you’re lucky you will gain skills and maybe a few bits for the BBQ.
 

primmiemoo

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Location
Devon
Hi all

I'm interested in getting about Herdwick ewes with lamb at foot to fatten up and sell - I've got a few acres of good grassland to use. Please could I have any advice - lambing, what you need to do in terms of injections - do I need an ATV/trailer, and if so, which one? Are Herdwicks OK - I know they're good at escaping and also take a long time to fatten up but also require minimum intervention and can lamb outside (and look great too). How would I sell the meat, too? Which way makes the most money, and do you think ic ould make a profit?

Any help greatly appreciated.

https://sellmylivestock.com/view/listing/herdwick-breeding-ewes-lambs-BCBD2805


It could be worthwhile to enrol in a sheepkeeping course at the nearest place of Higher Education to you that offers one. Livestock keeping is continuous learning, and very rewarding for it. There are good farmers who only have a few sheep on a few acres.
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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