How to Feed Sheep

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Watch a naturalist from the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Drumlin Farm explain how to feed sheep in this free online video.

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Okay so feeding a sheep. Mostly sheep are grazers and that is what makes them easy to care for. All they need is a source of grass. Rotational grazing is probably the best way to raise them which all that means is you keep them on a piece of land where they can eat. They will eat that grass. Then you move them to another section and they will eat that grass while the first section grows back. That is the basic premise. If you did that on a regular basis, that is pretty much all you would have to do. If you do not have enough land for the sheep to survive in terms of area per sheep, you could keep hay. You can also feed them hay in the winter. Hay is nothing but dried up grass. Come on back. You can just see the difference. This is grass that has been dried and is ready for winter and this is grass still growing. There is no difference nutritionally between them as long as you have a good hay field. You feed them grass, you feed them hay and then if you need to fatten them up, you can feed them grain. They don't need to have grain in their diets except that it gives them a good source of protein if you are at all concerned about what else they have been eating.

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