Show Heifer said:The reason cattle people do not like sheep, is that sheep actually require management skills.
That being said, "A sick sheep is a dead sheep" isn't true either.....a dead sheep has an owner that isn't observant. (sorry daydreamingacres - I have lost them too!) You do not see an "off sheep" and treat it tomorrow...you treat it NOW.
You do not hurry through chores (I am quilty too) and expect not for it to catch up to you one day (that is the "sudden dead sheep syndrome")
So before you start saying you hate sheep, remember, a lot of people don't like cattle, cheaters, grey areas, steer jocks, wanna-be steer jocks, freedom and apple pie. To each their own, and I happen to be one of those that not only raise sheep, but make darn good money doing it (bet I sold some club lambs for way more price per pound than you did your calves, AND had a better income vs. debt ratio). But I like my cattle too....
A ram lamb can service 30-40 head safely....a yearling or older ram can service 70-100 head. So
$44,000 ram lamb services 35 head first year = 60 lambs. Sell half of those for an average of $750 = $25,500
He services 70 head the following year = 120 lambs. Sell half of those for same $750 = $90,000
Sell some yrl ewes from first crop = 10 head X $750 = $7500
Sell a several ram lambs from him 10 head X $5000 = $50,000
All the "bad" lambs sell for market lambs (fats) at $1.10 / lbs (at 130 pounds) = $143 per lamb X 90 = $12,870.
That just takes us to year number 2 of his use. A ram can live and service ewes till 7-10 years.
Now, you do the math on THAT investment vs. a $5000 STEER to play with.