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Hi,

I have an area which is 30' into 60' feet. In this area, I plan to keep some some sheep just to have a daily supply of fresh milk. In my area, good milk is pretty expensive so I've decided to move on a different direction.

I know that my area is pretty small but in this area, how many sheep can I keep to ensure a healthy supply of milk? After all, a sheep doesn't produce milk all year.

Btw, I'm also concerned about soil erosion so is a sheep a threat to my soil concerning the hooves?

Thanks

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Jem,
I would not put more than 3 ewes in that size of an area.  While hooves are somewhat a concern, overgrazing is more to the point when talking about erosion.  Sheep have a tendance to eat a plant to the dirt, one must be mindful of that.

Seriously, if you want real good milkers, I would consider goats. they are smaller, are less illness prone, as sheep are, and can produce milk like no other!!  You could put 5 to 6 goats on that size of ground as well!!

Good luck
Kari

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Kari Wempe

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I can answer most questions about raising, breeding, feeding, showing,typical illnesses, pregnancy, birthing, bottle feeding,showing and sheering sheep. I have raised sheep for show and production for 20 years. The breeds of sheep I am most familier with are Crossbred, Suffolk, Hampshire- basically black face sheep. I deal with the classification of meat sheep over bred for wool sheep.

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I have raised a flock of sheep for 20 years on our farm. Very involved in 4H, FFA aspects and their rules, jackpot shows, state, regional, county and local shows.

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Experience is my best creditial however, I have a college education and have taught many classes ( in other catagories), so I am familiar in the ways of teaching others.

Awards and Honors
Many breed awards- champion and grand champion awards in Kansas for the past 20 years, showmanship awards at local and state level in Kansas.

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