Ideal fencing for sheep would be 5 ft high no climb fencing or 4" cattle panels with a hot wire offset at top and bottom. Larger cattle panel openings can allow lambs to get through, resulting in a dangerous situation.
Minimum shelter is a three sided run-in shed. Ideal: barn with doors that can be closed against bad weather.
In pasture, sheep need access to shade throughout the day.
Adequate hay, water and natural seasonal forage. Can be supplemented with grain at birthing, breeding and weaning.
Hay is usually what is "horse quality" in your region. They do not need "fancy" hay like alfalfa or timothy.
There is no better protection for your flock than hot wires and/or proven ADULT livestock guardian dogs. Pups take years to train. We can help you locate a suitable LGD.
Some people have success with donkeys or llamas. Llamas tend to protect lambs, but are considered prey by predators. Donkeys can become indifferent to predators.
Vet care is usually minimal. As adults, once a year they need a CDT shot which you can give yourself.
Sheep can get upper respiratory infections leading to pneumonia (though in frequent)
You need to have a vet skilled in livestock, preferably with experience with sheep.
Feet: Hooves need to be trimmed every 3-6 months.
Shearing: Once or twice a year depending on location
Eyes (Babydolls): As needed to prevent "wool blindness".
De-worming: As needed - or every 3-4 months. Best done on advice of your vet
Two websites are very good for general information: Sheep101.info and Sheep201.info. Be careful though, the information at these sites can be overwhelming. They present things that CAN occur, but in most instances, will not - so don't be scared.
When we first started with sheep we bought three books, and researched like crazy. This is where buying from Six Wags proves invaluable. We are "on-call" to answer your questions and give advice as long as you own your sheep. This is a commitment to you, and the sheep we produce.
Our intent is to place our precious lambs with homes that are prepared for and willing to care for them for life. We are available by phone, text and email for our customers. Often we can save lives (and money) by telling you when to seek the advice of a vet, and what not to worry about.