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Managing livestock can be quite the task, especially if you aren’t sure where to start or what you need to consider. If you are new to raising sheep, don’t worry. We are going to give you three essential things you can do to ensure you have a successful business and flock.

Feeding your flock a balanced diet

Like any other animal, your herd is going to need to be fed regularly. Sheep particularly have a larger stomach chamber, requiring a healthy and bountiful diet. Sheep that maintain a diet of dry hay and grain will need more water incorporated into their diet than those that don’t.

Generally you’ll want to feed your sheep grains and forbs. Forbs are similar to weeds that are covered in clover and alfalfa. If you’re on a budget, grass and shrubs are also a great option.

Shelter your sheep

Your adult sheep generally can cope with different types of weather, but having a place for them to take shelter, dry out and escape harsh winds or sun can give you healthy sheep for the future. Make sure your shelter has a soft bedding to absorb water or urine.

Take proper care of your sheep

Your sheep constantly need to be cared for. Make sure your herd is vaccinated regularly. Periodically trim the hooves of your sheep to prevent lameness.

When looking for the right equipment to run and manage your sheep, consider D-S Livestock Equipment. From feeders to handling systems, we have you covered. Give a call today at 800-949-9997!