sheep

Space Requirements for Sheep Production

The amount of space required for efficient sheep production varies with the breed, level of productivity, drainage, and management system. See table 4 for the average space requirements under most conditions, according to the 1974 Mid-West Planning Service's Sheep Handbook.

Table 4.

Space requirements for sheep production.
Feeder space
Group-fed: 16 to 20 inches per ewe
9 to 12 inches per feeder lamb
Self-fed: 10 to 12 inches for silage per ewe
8 to 10 inches for hay per ewe
3 to 4 inches per feeder lamb
Creep-fed: 1 to 1.5 inches per lamb
Water
Per automatic bowl: 40 to 50 ewes or ewes with lambs
50 to 75 feeder lambs
Per foot of tank perimeter: 15 to 25 ewes or ewes with lambs
25 to 40 feeder lambs
Shelter space
Open-front building with lot: 10 to 12 square feet per ewe
12 to 16 square feet per ewe and lambs
6 to 8 square feet per feeder lamb
Lot: 25 to 40 square feet per ewe
25 to 40 square feet per ewe and lambs
15 to 20 square feet per feeder lamb
Lambing pens
4.5 x 4.5 x 3 - depending on size of ewes
Creep panels - adjustable opening of 6 to 10 inches