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Sheep Farming: This Farmer Earns Rs. 5-6 Lakhs from Sheep Rearing

Sheep farming can turn into a profitable business. This statement came true when a farmer from a small village started earning lakhs from sheep rearing.

Kritika Madhukar
Sheep can be raised in a range of temperate conditions, including deserts near the equator and other hot and humid environments
Sheep can be raised in a range of temperate conditions, including deserts near the equator and other hot and humid environments

Sheep farming is the process of raising and rearing domestic sheep. It's an animal husbandry sub-discipline. Sheep are grown primarily for their flesh (lamb and mutton), milk (sheep's milk), and fiber (sheep's wool). Sheep can be raised in a range of temperate conditions, including deserts near the equator and other hot and humid environments.

On their land, farmers construct fencing, homes, shearing sheds, and other infrastructure for water, feeding, transportation, and pest management. Sheep are usually allowed to graze in meadows under the supervision of shepherds and sheepdogs on most farms. 

How Sai Eshwar Rao Started Sheep Rearing

A university-educated young guy began raising Fifty sheep two years ago and now feeds 150 sheep, generating a monthly net profit of Rs. 50,000. Despite some herd increase, rearing sheep at a labor-intensive level and selling progeny every three months has resulted in a promising revenue for this farmer.

Munga Sai Eshwara Rao is a young farmer from Jagannadhapuram village, Khammam district's Chintakani zone. Their caste occupation was sheep husbandry because they were from the Yadava family. His father used to raise a lot of sheep outside in the past. With encouragement from his father, Eshwara Rao began sheep farming. 

Eshwar uses a semi-intensive rearing approach that entails raising sheep both outside and in sheds at the same time. Every morning at 11 a.m., he releases his sheep into farms and the surrounding surroundings. The amount of time the sheep spend outside the shed determines their appropriate development and growth. This form of daily raising allows sheep to live in a stress-free environment, which is advantageous to their health. Sheep may experience faster muscular growth as a result of this.

Feeding His Sheep

Eshwar has been planting natural fodder for his sheep on two acres of his land. These two acres of property are adjacent to the main sheep farm, reducing transportation expenditures. Proper use of such natural feed sources enables them to supply feed for their sheep at the right time, resulting in improved sheep development. Eshwar used to produce natural feed across 1 acre, which could only support 30 to 35 sheep when he first started sheep farming.

Now that he uses Super Napier cow feed, he no longer has this problem because he can feed roughly 70 to 80 sheep on the same 1 acre. Super Napier grass may reach a height of 18 feet and can produce 250 tonnes per acre in a single year.

Preventing Sheep from Diseases

Some of the most prevalent diseases encountered in sheep include bluetongue, foot and mouth disease, and PPR disease. Mr. Eshwar claims that immunizations are preferable to healing these diseases as treating such diseases costs more and harms the sheep's health. 

Profit Generated Annually 

Eshwar sells his three-month-old male sheep kids for 7,000 to 8,000 rupees. He also sells about 10 to 15 female sheep each year when they become older. He invests roughly Rs. 100,000 in the breeding of 150 sheep, with revenue returns of Rs. 6 to 7 lakhs.

As a result, he makes a profit of around 5,00,000 to 6,00,000 rupees per year.  Sai Eswar Rao is now the proud owner of his sheep farm, and he encourages young people who are unemployed to join such cattle-rearing businesses because they have a large profit margin.

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