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Location: La Palma (Canary island) Zone 11
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I live clearly in a traditional goat place. It just happens that I discovered they are more picky on food than sheep, and escape more easily.
So at the moment my boyfriend has 2 goats, and I have the sheep (who have a better life with no goat anymore around!).

Now I have to choose what I want, as I have 2 breeds, and 1 male from the dairy type.

- short hair for only meat?

- long hair that give milk and wool? I still did not sort out if they give less meat or what!

- I do not have much land, so should I suppress any ram? (he was hand raised and I can see I now need eyes in my back...)
 I guess I cn find one when needed, though they are less common then goats.

- My goal is meat first, and if more easy, I would turn to having just one cow and produce one calf... Beef is my favorite meat and sheep is second.

At the moment, they no more escape with very little fencing, thanks to cliffs. But I had kept a patch "for later" and they went through the fencing... So unfortunately, they have learnt something I did not want them to learn!
I aso thought that sheep loved lawn-mowing first, but they seem to like a great variety of plants, and went to anything but grass first! At this place they eat a big leaved endemic (not endangered!) and prickly pears (tunera)
. The almond leaves are not yet grown (december).
You can also appreciate the difference in wool length, and why I will not have to trim the hooves.
 
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They like almond-tree leaves exactly as much as goats do. And they can jump too... They are pretty good climbers actually, but still less than goats, so they are easier to keep.
This is the leader, followed by the young ram (1 year old).

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