I have East Friesian Sheep and Gotland Sheep. The East Friesians are one of, if not the, best dairy sheep. They are friendly and calm, curious and a bonus is they have nice, versatile fleeces.
I love to make soap and cheese and raw milk mocha cappuccinos so naturally the East Friesians -
Gotland are also milky and have wonderful fleeces, prized by the fiber arts crowd. The ancient breed, a descendent of Gute landrace sheep, traces back to the Isle of Gotland off the coast of Sweden. The Gotland pelt is prized for its unique metallic silver grey color, soft curling locks ("purling") and high luster. It is the only known truly grey fleeced breed.
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Why Raise Dairy Sheep?
think of a cow, or
production. So why should
a few reasons.
to dairy cows, the most
eat less and cause less
and smaller housing.
there are a few positive
animal depending on the breed. They can be used for wool, meat and milk.
Depending on how self-sufficient you are, a
as lamb or sausage, milk, cheese, yogurt and even soap. No one goat breed
offers these same benefits.
sheep are the winners. Sheep are much easier to contain than goats. They are
much less mischievous. Sheep are also grazers so they prefer things that are
growing close to the grown like grass and herbs.
will also nibble on trees but if you are worried about your fruit trees and rose
bushes, sheep will tend to leave those alone whereas goats will actively seek them
out and devour them.
are different than those of cow and goat milk. Sheep's milk is typically higher
in fat and protein than goat and cow milk. This makes sheep milk an excellent
milk for cheesemaking. More cow and goat milk is required than the amount
of sheep's milk to make the equivalent amount of cheese. So you need
cheese made from cow milk, similar to goat milk cheeses.
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My little flock. I have 4 Icelandic ewes and 2 East Friesian ewes. My primary concern is dairy, as I make cheese and other dairy pro...