By Rufas Chege
Sheep farming in Kenya is mainly kept for mutton and wool purposes.
The ewe or the female sheep has a gestation period of 142 to 152 days, topping to around 147 days and they come on heat every 17 days lasting for 24 to 48 hours enabling one to recoup capital in a short period.
Since they are hardy, sheep provide good source of income in barren, desert, semiarid and mountainous areas.
A sheep business requires little labour and small capital to start.
The animals further require little space and can be raised alongside with other livestock.
They eat wide varieties of plants, thus, utilising even the available low quality forage sufficiently.
When properly managed, a sheep farming in Kenya can be a great source of income as products such as wool and meat are in high demand.
One can practice either large or small scale farming on sheep,depending on their pocket power.
Sheep farming generates a lot of income within a short period of time.