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Are you thinking about raising sheep? Naturally, if you understand how sheep behave, you’ll have a more productive, enjoyable experience. To help you get started, we’re happy to discuss a few things you should know.

One of the most important things you should know is that sheep are instinctual, not stupid. In fact, in terms of intelligence, sheep rank just slightly lower than pigs. However, if you want to raise sheep safely and effectively, you should use their instincts to your benefit.

For instance, sheep will run from things that scare them. Similarly, sheep prefer to travel, sleep, and eat in groups. In fact, if you scare them, they will usually run to the rest of the flock. This is why dogs work well. The sheep will see the dog as a threat, group together, and run from it. Hence, by controlling the dog, you can also control your flock.

Even though sheep enjoy being near other sheep, they will keep distance between themselves and potential threats. When they become more familiar with you, this distance may decrease. This is because they begin to perceive you as a friend rather than a threat. However, please do not pet or push a ram—especially on the head. The ram may see this as a challenge and become aggressive.

If you have more questions, please feel free to contact us soon. We look forward to hearing from you.