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Old 05-04-2003, 06:36 AM
Marshall Wilkinson
 
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We've got a small paddock that we plan to put a couple of sheep in to keep
the grass down and use their wool. What, specifically, is required for sheep
fencing? i.e. to keep them in. We live in the upper Blue Mountains, NSW and
are interested in sheep with a good temperament (so kids can enjoy them) and
with good wool. Any suggestions?

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Marsh.

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"Marshall Wilkinson" wrote in

We've got a small paddock that we plan to put a couple of sheep in to keep
the grass down and use their wool. What, specifically, is required for

sheep
fencing? i.e. to keep them in. We live in the upper Blue Mountains, NSW

and
are interested in sheep with a good temperament (so kids can enjoy them)

and
with good wool. Any suggestions?


First of all don't get cross breeds, they are too smart, go for pure breds.
With merinos, the old joke about them is that you can keep them in with a
line drawn on the ground (and they'll certainly comply with the good wool).
One thing though to watch in the Blue Mountains climate in a normal
non-drought year is fly strike - nothing worse than having to deal with
maggots eating your live stock. If you don't know how to deal with it or
identify it, learn it fast, otherwise the kids will have nightmares about
being eaten by maggots. One of the English pure breds that are dual prupose
meat/wool might be the go for your damper climes

As for fences use sheep wire, wood strainers on the ends and corners, plain
wire top, belly and bottom of sheep wire and then one strand of plain above
that and topped off with one barb wire on the top.

Remember that sheep (or any animals of size) that are too used to humans and
too much of a pet can be a total menace. They have no respect. I remember
having to run like the wind from one of the pet lanbs as a child, he got me
as often as not.


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"Marshall Wilkinson" writes:
We've got a small paddock that we plan to put a couple of sheep in to keep
the grass down and use their wool. What, specifically, is required for sheep
fencing? i.e. to keep them in. We live in the upper Blue Mountains, NSW and


The fence needs to be high enough that dogs can't jump over it or dig
under it to get in at the defenceless sheep. These will typically be
half-wild dogs, roaming in 2s or 3s, and they will strike at the time
you least expect it, viz., when there is no one home.

are interested in sheep with a good temperament (so kids can enjoy them) and
with good wool. Any suggestions?


I don't know whether there is such a thing as a 'gentle' breed of sheep.
They are all pretty tame if you have hand reared them, or even if you just
begin hand feeding young sheep that have had a fair bit of contact with
people. Some of them will end up being 'bunters' but I don't know whether
this can be discerned at an early age. I think you just have to take your
chances, and perhaps swap it for a new one with any obliging farmer if it
starts head butting your kids when it's a couple of years old.

Don't forget you'll have to get the sheep wormed and drenched or dipped
from time to time. Best to hook up with a sheep farmer for advice on
this, and to get them shorn provided they are not coloured. I think many
sheep farmers wouldn't want a coloured sheep anywhere near their property.
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