Acre per sheep?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by wannabfarmgirl, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. wannabfarmgirl

    wannabfarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone know how many acres per sheep head I would need, if I'm trying to have them self-sustain. I would pr SCobably need to supplement in the mid summer and the winter though.

    I live in SC.

    Thanks!
     
  2. griffin45

    griffin45 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't tell you what is recommended, but I can tell you we have 40+ goats and sheep on 5 acres. You set up paddocks and rotate! We are trying to expand right now and add 20 to 30 acres, but until that happens we are setting up paddocks to rotate everyone through the grasses and browse.

    Chris
     
  3. wannabfarmgirl

    wannabfarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! (Wow - ya'll have your hands full!)

    Do you supplement, o do they just graze?
     
  4. griffin45

    griffin45 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We grain, we mineral and we buy hay in the winter. That is the only draw back to the way we have the farm set up. We can't cut our hay 'cause the animals eat it. I think that 5 sheep per acre would be good, or maybe 4.

    Chris
     
  5. geepster

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    I think the book recommends no more than 6-8 sheep per acre of good pasture.
     
  6. LiLBoPeep

    LiLBoPeep Shepherdess

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    I think that if you have very good pasture you could get a way with 5 or 6. You would of course need hay for winter.
     
  7. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're from So. Carolina, so don't forget that sheep looooove kudzu! [​IMG]
     

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