The cost of the sheep will depend on various factors, but you should expect to pay anywhere between $75 and $500.
Buying a sheep ewe will cost you between $200 and $300, depending on the state you live in and the breed of the sheep.
Pregnant ewes will be more expensive. Sometimes, they might cost more. Rams will also cost more – from $400 to $500 and potentially more. Lambs, on the other hand, will only cost up to $150.
This is when it comes to the initial costs of owning and buying sheep. But there are many additional costs connected to owning sheep, such as making sure they’re healthy, providing food (if you don’t have a pasture), providing shelter, shearing, and other costs.
How Much Do Sheep Cost?
Sheep cost anywhere between $75 and $500. The average price of an adult ewe is $250, while rams can cost up to $500. Young sheep and lamb will only cost from $75 to $150.
The prices below are for an average animal from a common breed such as Suffolk, Dorper, or Hampshire sheep.
|Type of Sheep||Approximate Price (USD)|
|Ewe||$200 to $300|
|Ram||$400 to $500|
The cost of the sheep will depend on various factors. You’ll see that prices can vary depending on where you live and who the seller is.
Official sellers will sell for slightly higher prices, but you might find some private sellers that might sell for less than the prices we’ve mentioned here.
These are usually only the initial costs of buying sheep. But you’ll also need to take into account the additional costs of owning sheep. These will ramp up over the months and years of owning sheep, so you’ll need to take care of that as well.
Fortunately, sheep are very sustainable animals and do not require large costs over the long term to keep up, as you might notice with many other domestic animals.
What Determines the Price of a Sheep?
The price of the sheep will depend on several factors, including:
- Quality and health
- Seller and location
All of these factors need to be accounted for before you conclude the price of the sheep. You’ll see that some sheep will also not cost as much as others based on the location of the seller and other factors.
1. Age and Gender
The first two factors are the two of the most important ones. On average, male sheep, or rams, will cost up to twice as much as an average adult ewe. Adult sheep are also more expensive than lambs, but older sheep might be more affordable.
Rams are more valuable than ewes on average. That’s because they bring the potential of breeding and additional sheep down the line.
You should know that the older a sheep is, the less productive years it has left. As soon as the sheep reaches the age of 5, its value will start decreasing because it doesn’t have much left in the tank. At this point, the sheep are already in a slight decline and it will be less profitable to own than younger sheep.
Lambs might only cost from $75 to $150, and this will also depend on the age and gender. Ram lambs are more expensive than ewe lambs.
You’ll see that there’s a difference between sheep breeds when it comes to prices. Some of the most expensive sheep breeds, such as Texel sheep, will cost several thousands of dollars.
However, most domestic breeds won’t cost as much. It will depend on what you’re looking for from the sheep; some sheep are owned for their fur, which is usually the case with Merino sheep. On average, most domestic sheep breeds will cost between $100 and $500.
3. Size, Quality, Health
When you’re buying sheep, you should consider several important factors when it comes to the overall quality of the sheep. You’ll want to consider the size, quality, and health of the sheep before a price is decided.
Ideally, you’d want strong and healthy sheep with a good breeding potential and with good genetics, but that’s not always possible. Additionally, this can sometimes be hard to track since some sellers don’t disclose the history of sheep and their ancestry.
Usually, the better the quality of the sheep and the larger it is, the more it will cost. With young sheep, this might be a bit harder to establish since they’re still developing and growing up.
Lastly, the price of the sheep will also depend on where you are and who the seller is.
Some sellers are prepared to drop the prices, especially if it’s someone you know well or if it’s someone who’s not that fussy about prices – you might try to negotiate with them if that’s the case.
Also, location does come into play as a factor here. It will depend on where you live; some states in the US might have lower prices, but these prices will also vary based on what country you live in.
Additional Costs of Owning Sheep
When buying sheep, you should know that there are many additional costs that you should also keep in mind that come more apparent down the line. Some of the main additional costs include:
- Fencing and housing – if you don’t have this already in place, then you’re going to need to take care of that, and it’s going to be an additional cost initially and down the line as it needs maintenance.
- Food – sometimes, you might need to pay for food if you don’t have a pasture to feed your sheep
- Guard dog – you’ll ideally need a guard dog if you’re going to have your sheep outside
- Medication and health costs – these can ramp up quite quickly, especially if you own several sheep. They also come unexpectedly if your sheep fall ill.
The prices of sheep will vary based on several factors. You’ll see that these prices can be anywhere between $75 and $500, although, for certain breeds, the prices can be much higher than that. You should also consider the additional costs of owning sheep that will come somewhere down the line.
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