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suggestions for good all-purpose breeds for newbie?

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IF I were to get some sheep for meat, milk, and wool, what would be good breed that would be easy to handle, feed, and care for in a cold, northern climate?

Locally I know I can get icelandics and shetlands but I don't know much about them except that shetlands are not a great meat breed (small carcass).

Would be feeding family and pets with the meat and hopefully using the milk for same. Wool could be sold or I may learn ANOTHER hobby! :baby04:
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Very cool. I have emailed the advertiser to see if they have ever milked any of their sheep. If I go over there to see them it should be easy to tell if they are being truthful too if any are in milk now. ;)
Do sheep have any special needs beyond those of say a goat or a horse?
Goats have similar warnings but I am learning it is not the case for most goats. ! I think sheep need SOME copper but I don't know their permitted levels. Would learn & watch that. :) Thanks for the reminder.
Thank you everyone! I am very excited about this FUTURE possibility! Husband not so much. :p

I found I can also get Rambouillet crosses locally!
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