Pet sheep Increasingly, sheep and other farm livestock are being kept
as pets or companions. They can make good pets because they are
a gentle animal and respond well to human contact.
Especially for children Lambs make great projects for children. They are suitable
for children with most disabilities. Taking care of a sheep teaches
children responsibility and respect for animals.
As 4-H projects Sheep are popular 4-H projects for children. 4-H is one the
largest youth organization in the United States. It is open to
any boy or girl between the ages of 8 and 18. To learn about 4-H,
contact your local county extension office. Their phone number
is listed in the blue pages of your phone book. Most county offices
have web pages. 4-H is part of the land grant university system.
Sheep also make excellent FFA projects. FFA (Future Farmers of America) is a youth organization that prepares future generations for the challenges of farming.
Lambs raised on a bottle make the best pets because they naturally
trust people and are not afraid to be near people. When you bottle
feed a lamb, it bonds to you and thinks you are its mother.
The best pets Any breed of sheep can be kept as a pet. There are a few miniature
breeds. Pet sheep should should be females (ewes) or neutered
males (wethers). They should not have horns. Hair sheep are a
good choice because they will not require shearing. As sheep are
a social animal, you should get at least two, preferably a small flock (5-6).
Basic sheep care Pet sheep have most of the same basic needs as sheep being
raised for meat or wool. They need shelter and protection from
predators. They need proper nutrition and health care. They need
their hooves trimmed. Wooled sheep need to be sheared annually
in a timely fashion, preferably by a trained professional