No clue townie moves to the Country!!

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6 years 10 months ago #40083 by Rookie1981
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Hello Folks

I have decided to move the family to the country, we have purchased a small amount of land that currently has 20 Arapawa sheep on it.

Great! now what do i need to do to look after them?
Food? water? shearing? vaccinations?

Any help would be greatly appreciated

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6 years 10 months ago #511190 by Aquila
Don't forget worming, Lamb supplies, replacements (They don't live forever), Fencing repairs, yards.

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6 years 10 months ago #511194 by Mich
20 Arapawa sheep??? You lucky person, Rookie1981. That sounds like a decent flock. Arapawa's are very nice sheep, and their fine fleece is excellent for handcrafts (as with all handcraft fleece, it needs to be well prepared, though).

There's an excellent E-book on this site on keeping sheep - have you checked it out or downloaded it? Also, check out the Lifestyle files - there's lots of info there on sheep health, etc.

Welcome to the country life - look forward to hearing more about it as you go along. :D

Cheers, Mich.

Good exercise for the heart is to bend down and help someone up. Anon.

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6 years 10 months ago #511211 by Deanna
Hi and welcome Rookie, how much grazeable land do you have? Would love to see a picture of you flock. All the best in doing your research and lots of help in here.

25 acres, 1400 Blue Gums, Wiltshire sheep, 5 steers, 2 cows, ducks, chickens, bees, dog, cats, retired, 1 husband and 3 grandkids.

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6 years 10 months ago #511219 by muri
You will probably find that Arapawa are one of the more manageable breeds of sheep from a health point of view. They lived for decades without human intervention and their genetics have been built up from this experience.
So more conventional breeds may need higher levels of attention than your arapawa will need.
And people on the forum are always happy to help you out when problems arise, you might get differing and confusing opinions but there are different ways of doing things as well
Feeding them a few sheep nuts daily is quite a good way of taming them down if they are shy animals and wont come near you

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