Anyone got Damara sheep?
I am doing a bit of feasibility study as I have had the idea to run a small family meat flock. I originally was looking into Wiltshire Horns but I like the look of the Damaras so I have done a bit of reading on them.
There are a few things I haven't been able to find out from reading breed and stud websites. Things like what age is best to slaughter them and what age range is suitable for slaughter. My idea was to run 4 ewes and a ram, with their offspring to supply meat for our extended family. With 4 lambs a year we would kill one roughly every 3 months and divide the meat between us. If it turned out that we needed more or less we could alter numbers as we go. There would be up to three families of four and a couple of singles to supply with meat.
The other thing I need to know is how they are with fences. Do they need mesh fences or will plain wires keep them in? Anything else I should consider?