I talked my dad into getting a sheep to keep the weeds and grass down in an area that I'd rather not put the horses. Thing is, we've never had sheep! So I have a huge pile of questions for anyone who cares to answer them!
Right now, the designated 'sheep area' is fenced permanently on three sides with three-wire barbed wire fencing, and the third side would have to be electric, since that area washes out in heavy rain and the snow plow dumps all the snow there in winter. Assuming we make sure there aren't any sheep-sized holes anywhere, would that be suitable to keep a sheep in? It's one or two acres in size.
In winter, and during harvesting season (since there's a corn field behind that pasture and the only access to it is through that area, the guy who owns it always complains about having to open and close two gates.), and I guess if there isn't any food left in that area for the sheep, would it be okay to let it run with the horses? I'm pretty sure they'd leave it alone (they were fine with the calf that we ran with them last year, although Dante was pretty young and thought that since it was his size, that we'd just given him a new playmate.). Otherwise, if they do fight or something, we could set up an electric fence area inside the horse pasture somewhere for it.
Although I probably won't get much of a choice in breed (dad's talking about going to a guy he knows and asking about a lamb, or else just going to an auction), are there any particular breeds that I should try to avoid? Or any that are particularly hardy? I want something hardy, but still pretty friendly. I'm pretty sure I want to get an ewe lamb, and raise it so that it's used to people and whatnot. I think I heard once about a breed that doesn't need to be sheared, but I'm not sure... any clue what breed that might be, if it exists?
And that's all I can think of for now. If anything else seems particularly important for me to know, please say so.