For a small farm, sheep have several advantages; biological, physical and economical. Sheep can provide meat, wool and dairy. The amount of forage needed to support one cow will raise eight ewes. Eight ewes are much cheaper to purchase than one cow. Sheep do not need as much to survive and rebreed as a cow and most often have multiple births. Sheep require less facilities and are easier to handle particularly if there are family member children are involved. Good money can be made raising sheep with proper forage management.

Grassroots of Grazing: The Sheep Advantage
Jim Gerrish
American GrazingLands Services LLC, Patterson ID USA
August 2014
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