I currently live with my border collie and have been considering the possibility of raising livestock.
We live on 9 acres that we own, and live in the UK. We use part of it for training and agility, and what we aren't using is let out for grazing to a farmer nearby.
I was thinking of perhaps purchasing a small number of sheep or goats to get started.
I have heard goats are much easier to care for than sheep as they need less maintance in terms of coat, such as dipping.
We currently have ducks, but they are different than sheep and goats in terms of management.
Also, I was wondering what you thought of training my border collie to herd?
I have heard goats are difficult to herd because they have less flocking instinct and can be more stubborn.
Though are there some that are easier to herd with than others?
And that certain sheep are easier to use for herding with a beginner dog than others.
She comes from a farm, and both her parents worked livestock.
We don't have anyone nearby who can help teach us however. We have someone we can visit irregularly who could perhaps give us some pointers, but no one we can visit weekly.
Do you think this is a good idea?
If so, what do you recommend for a first time owner of livestock?
Or for training a dog to herd?
Any breeds you think would suit best?
Is it possible to find dog broken adults, and would that be a good idea?
Any resources for what is needed to own and care for sheep or goats?