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#7075153 - 02/11/18 10:25 PM What exotic to raise ?
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Looking to high fence two 2-3 acre pens in North Texas . Thought about breeding Red Sheep or Axis . what are your thoughts ??

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#7075252 - 02/12/18 07:00 AM Re: What exotic to raise ? [Re: throckmorton_hunter]
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I think if you are serious about want to raise either of those you need to have larger areas for them. Unless you can find bottle raised stock to start with either you or the animals are going to get hurt. Just my opinion after messing with some of this stuff.
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#7075487 - 02/12/18 10:10 AM Re: What exotic to raise ? [Re: throckmorton_hunter]
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I've heard Fallow are the easiest to raise, and that Axis can be very crazy in small pastures. Sheep like do to die.

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#7075925 - 02/12/18 04:00 PM Re: What exotic to raise ? [Re: throckmorton_hunter]
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Fallow like to tear holes in fences

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#7076184 - 02/12/18 07:13 PM Re: What exotic to raise ? [Re: kdkane1971]
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Originally Posted By: kdkane1971
Fallow like to tear holes in fences


Yes they do, if other fallow are anywhere near, you need to have double fence at 4'.

That said, deer and sheep specie are all bad for small $ making projects. Think about animals where both male and female are trophies. As in the oryx species. Scimitar are virtually bulletproof. You won't ever lose one to a predator, they aren't disease prone, and produce well.

But, if you choose scimitar you are gonna have big feed bills because you are so small. Don is right, you need more acres.


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#7077582 - 02/13/18 07:26 PM Re: What exotic to raise ? [Re: throckmorton_hunter]
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Will you live on the same place that you would raise the animals? Red Sheep can stay really wild no matter how big the pen is and at one time brought good money. Axis as a rule do not do well in small pens unless you buy them from a place they are raised in a small pen. Coyotes and dogs will be your downfall with most anything you try to raise even if you live on the same place. The common exotics are the cheapest to buy to start but will not be profitable if you are going to have to feed them year round. I would suggest two pens side by side to allow one to rest and be able to rotate around. It will help keep parasite issues down and will also increase ground cover for raising new borns in. If you have the money I would suggest an animal that is not commonly raised and brings in more money in return...like transcaspian urials, sable, kudu, gemsbok, etc. I would pick a species that is not as likely to have been crossed up with something else in the past. More expensive to get into but bring more money when you sell off your offspring as breeding stock. Also pick a species that will live in the climate and weather you will have up there. Axis do not do well in really cold or wet cold temps. 70% of the axis does are having young right now in the first three months of the year.
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