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What factors need to be considered when moving sheep on to new grazing fields? for example boundaries, feeding and watering systems. Please explain in full. Thankyou - Sheep & Goats [Skip to Content]
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What factors need to be considered when moving sheep on to new grazing fields? for example boundaries, feeding and watering systems. Please explain in full. Thankyou


ANSWER

First question you need to answer is how long of a grazing cycle do you want, like 3 days, 7 days., etc. this along with the number of sheep and nutritional requirement of sheep will determine the size of grazing area or paddock size. Normal stocking rate is between 30,000 and 35,000 pounds of live animal weight per acre day of grazing. Water should be within 600 to 800 feet of grazing area. Boundary fence will be determine by the past history of your sheep, or they accustomed to electric fence, if so I would still recommend 3 hot wires with equal spacing for sheep. Or you could use more permanent type fence for sheep grazing but the cost will be higher. Normally with the forage growth is between 6 and 10 inches tall I would recommend turn the sheep in for grazing.







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