reposting, what I remember.... (yesterday's post disappeared) There's a place about 2 hours away that have fullblood Dorpers and Dorper/Katahdin mix that we plan on visiting in the near future. From what I've read, they appear to be hardy, relatively easy care hair sheep. We want a small flock, though, I'm not sure how many we should get as first timers into shepherding. Our purposes: pasture grazing(mowing), pleasure, fertilizer for the garden and meat for the home freezer. Secondarily, income on lamb sale. (deliver for a fee to a place licensed to butcher) Total pasture land available: 5-6 acres, plan on initially fencing 1+ acres to begin with and building a shelter in that section. Questions: 1. What type of fence is recommended? All barb wire, wire fence with barb, no barbwire? 4 ft tall adequate? Recommendations appreciated. 2. Do Dorper or Dorper/Katahdin ewes deliver lambs without difficulties....overall....majority of the time? 3. What age should a beginner start with....weaned lambs or older? 4. I've read some background on rams (ie. behavior, needing buddies) Would it be best as beginners to start with just 2-3 ewes as lambs and a whether or 2, not sure if any are available (no response to an email I sent to the sheep farm)? Get a ram later? Any advice appreciated. I've been reading as much as I can and have Ron Parker's book, _The Sheep Book_. Wanted to purchase the Storey Guide, but it was unavailable that day.