The Internet is still down, but should be up tomorrow.
We got our first sheep about 6 years ago. By chance, no plan on breeds, we got a Black Belly Barbados and a white hair sheep that lived two weeks from the livestock auction. A month or so later I got another white hair sheep at the auction, he lived two days. I tried one more time and got a ram that lived two hours. After that Janisse said no more animals from the auction without some MEDs to help them, I don’t know what would help.
We finally got a Katahdin ram from a farm. He seemed to be great, our ewe got pregnant. The they both disappeared completely, from the farm, no sign of theft or predation, when the ewe was days from birthing. Fours months later a knock on the door and someone said there was a report of sheep and goats about four miles away at a hunt camp. Turned out it was our hair sheep (no wool so the people thought goat) with a new baby. It took a while but I caught them all.
Year before last, our BBB had her second lamb and it is a ewe. Last year our BBB birthed twins and the year old ewe also had a lamb. We now have four ewes and one wither, the wither will be processed soon, and no ram. I wanted to slow down the growth of the flock, so we will skip this year of lambing and look to have lambs next year.
We chose hair sheep because we don’t need or want the hassle of shearing wool. The Katahdins seem to work out good for us, good meat and the females are gentle. I can’t say our ram was gentle after he turned two years old.