My loyal followers know that I adopted a bottle baby lamb a couple of years ago. I named her Mary, because everywhere that Donna went that lamb was sure to go. Obviously I was not going to change my name to Mary, so she was the lucky recipient of the name.
Mary has been a gentle (though not very bright) creature out in my pasture. Because I had built the pasture up with lots of different grasses; she eats primarily grass. I feed her alfalfa/Bermuda pellets during the winter to supplement the fact that the Bermuda in the field is dormant this time of year. But she is an easy keeper.
Her ewe lamb was born in June of 2017 and we named her Bo Peep. She is not nearly as friendly as her mamma, because I have not spent much time with her. She will be nine months old in March; the right age for butcher. But I decided to keep her.
First of all, you all know that I sold my dairy goats not long after Steve passed. Milking twice a day, working full time and spending more time at church, and social activities was just too much for this multi tasking girl. I actually considered selling the place, but decided to just slow down some of my activities. Having milk also meant that I would have to spend time making cheese with what I did not sell. So that was an easy decision.
The next reason is that sheep do not require the amount of attention that goats do. Goats love human attention. Sheep just want to be kept fed and watered.
Now that the goats are gone, Mary would be very lonely without Bo Peep. Once I am ready to breed these two girls, I will have at least two babies to raise for the freezer every year. Often times this breed has twins. So I could have 2-4 babies to raise for the freezer or I could sell one or two to offset any costs.
So there you go, two sheep are better than one.