“Sheep pay … sometimes better than crop and often better than cattle. With good management, sheep need not be labour intensive. In fact, there are many valid reasons to keep sheep in a mixed farm business.”

Many of our members ask the question about labour efficiency within the sheep enterprise particularly in relation to some of the expensive sheep handling equipment that is now available on the market. Does it really save on time and money?

Well, the quick answer is that good management and budgeting are a key part of keeping sheep and this can often include key pieces of equipment that work towards creating more efficiency.   READ MORE

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