|Barked: Fri Apr 27, '12 11:27pm PST |
|Guest which sheep will do well and be easy keepers is a tricky question because you have to weigh in where you are, what kind of land you have as well as if you are looking at fiber bearing sheep or meat sheep. I would check with either your local 4-h (no seriously) or any local sheep farmers to chime in. I run a very small herd of barbados blackbelly sheep with a commercial fiber herd and haven't had any problems with the either type sheep. But in NC my biggest issue lately has been lack of rain... we haven't had much cold weather. (by commercial I mean that none of them are papered stock and bred exclusively for good coat).
I also run two meat goat herds, one blood stock and one commercial, depending on the type of land, and what predators you have in your area you may want to look into a llama, or a mini jack both of which are easy to keep and are reasonably decent guardians without the need for a dog.
Maggie and family - Mutt's a mutt, no matter what it's mixed with and generally make poor herding dogs. So I hope you realize that their performance doesn't reflect on true border collies use on stock. That isn't to be offensive to mutts just the reality of the situation.
- yes I'm sure someone's cousins uncle had a great mixed breed that was a wonder dog with everything... I'm talking the average mutt not someone's childhood lassie.
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