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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-31-2018, 04:51 AM Thread Starter
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So, I've been running numbers trying to figure out how to make more money... Like everyone else is... A good friend of mine keeps saying I should switch out one of my pastures that we run 60 cow/calf pairs on to sheep. My question is, has anyone else went this route. I know with sheep you have all the fencing to redo, but he keeps pounding in my head that I'd be money ahead.. Whats everyones else 2 cents before I fall off, or maybe on the sheep band wagon.

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A good friend recently hired a hired man with sheep experience. He was speaking of raising a meat breed of sheep. They grow faster and weigh up better. Less wool to fool with. Sheep graze differently than cattle. They'll eat the stuff cattle won't. 5 sheep to one cow. I believe they are more labour. With the greater ethic population in NA the demand for mutton/lamb is higher than it once was. It's worth looking into.

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I am sure there is a 1000 coyotes that like your idea. Ethnic market is into halo certified.
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And you have to live with the sheep jokes. There will never be another ewe etc
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haha thats the toughest pill to swallow, going from a cattleman to a stinky sheep herder... but if a guy can make more money on the same amount of land its seems like its worth a look
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I don't think there is much to worry about regarding the stupid sheep jokes, least in this part of the world, not something that is really looked upon with disdain anymore.
As already mentioned predators are big time problem, really big, depending on where your surroundings. As sheep graze closer to the ground than most others, they are much more susceptible to things as bugs and soil borne diseases like anthrax, again this is more prevalent to some areas.
I have heard is that you never want sheep too close to some other certain types of livestock either, I'd have to look it up as its escaping memory at the moment, but there was even a lawsuit over it not long ago somewhere.
In this area wool is worthless, costs more to have them sheared than you get for it, so meat is the only way to go.
And as also mentioned, where the real money is in the halal bit is if you are located in a good location for it and are willing to provide an area and facilities for them to perform their ceremony. I know a few who do this and while it pays good, its not really something they are comfortable with either but adopt the "out of sight, out of mind" philosophy in exchange for the dollars.
A friend and neighbor used to have about 200 of them, he offered them to me after he had a heart attack but I didn't have time to build the facilities needed to contain them. But I do believe there is a buck or two in them when done right if markets are available. Myself I would never get into offering the halal thing, no thanks. Can be very time consuming during lambing though I've been told.

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There is a local community sheep pasture close to me. They have trouble with predators but it's not a deal breaker. I'm amazed at how many coyotes are harvested every winter in my area. The power snares they use are quite effective.

Not all of the "ethnic" market is halal. Other groups are used to eating a lot of goat and sheep. Being a person of European decent is now becoming a minority in a lot of areas. Times are changing.

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I have friends in Calgary. It is big business, guys want their weekend feast and they want to slice the throat themselves with their special knife. It is pretty savage. Anyway, car shows up, cash changes hands, animal is chosen, caught, wrestled, throat slit and bled, tossed in the trunk, wait for next car.
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Oh and I was going to get a herd myself. Bought the livestock guardian dog (Maremma) first. Decided I liked the dog more than the sheep and wanted the dog with me (rather than living in the field), so kept the dog and gave up on the idea. Great dogs!

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