Advice please, keeping a goat vs sheep....6 Replies
Hi, I'm wondering if anyone can give advice please on what would be easier to keep, a goat or a sheep (ewe and lamb probably, for a milk supply after weaning the lamb).
I do lots of cooking/baking and would like to start producing my own cheese/yoghurt/ice cream/butter etc (NOT meat!).
I'm not new to keeping animals (have done all my life), at present we have chickens/ducks, 4 rescue dogs, 2 horses and a pony. We own 2.44ha and rent 2ha, so space not a problem.
If we got just a milking goat, could she be kept with our pony - what about fencing? We have electric fencing around our paddocks, at 50/100/140cm (with galvanised wire, not tape/rope), but this wouldn't be enough to stop a goat getting at our neighbours magnificent veg patch, would it? I'm not keen on tethering, so maybe a goat isn't the answer?
Would a sheep be easier to keep in? Our garden is fenced by 1.5m high wire mesh type fencing (to keep the dogs in!), would this be enough for a sheep? Or would it be better in our fields - would the electric fencing stop it from getting out - or would it's wool stop it working effectively? Would the garden be better suited with it's 1.5m high mesh fencing?
Are vets fees and upkeep approx the same, for both goats and sheep?
Is there anything else I should know/think about before taking the plunge (besides the importance of regular milking - having totalled up 4 years feeding our children, I know how painful it can be to not be milked on time, lol)?