Posted 11/15/2023 20:21 (#10483496 - in reply to #10483217) Subject: RE: Sheep question?
Eastern NE KS
"He got the Finns because he liked the color that they have. It drives me nuts because I like cookie-cutter livestock that’s bred for a purpose, not animals that are bred for the pet market. But he’s young so I let him do his thing. I would like to encourage him to make this more of an enterprise and not just a bunch of pasture pets."
Being 12 once, I ask you to let him try to sell 'blue sky'.
When I was 12, I fell for Simmental cattle. They were the new thing, our Angus were not appreciated in the marketplace and to my 12 year old eyes any weanling Simmi heifer was appreciated by a significant margin. The bloom really never faded but it certainly morphed into something very different from the Simmi's I knew in 1971!
The rest of the story is my dad was a traditional cattleman with commodity market leanings. While sheep are hardly a commodity in my area, having sheep with alternative attributes allows your son to learn livestock production AND a good measure of value added marketing. Both are life lessons, wherever he lands. I ask you to value the second lesson a bit more than you did when you wrote the above.