Very few castrated males are kept after their first shear as they have no use other than grass mowing or being kept as pets.
For a first exercise in sheep-keeping, it is probably worth buying
ewes that have already lambed at least once. This way at least
one of you has had some experience!
The very first sheep we
bought many years ago had just lambed. We therefore had an easy
introduction, it was a mild Spring and the dear little lambs obligingly
gambolled about as their dams contentedly grazed. It was
almost enough to contradict the opinion of many sheep-owners —
that sheep are just wandering about waiting for an excuse to die.
This sounds a bit odd but in fact sheep do seem to have less will to
live than most other animals. Anyway, our lambs grew well and
the ewes ate their way towards Autumn. We brought in rams and
the cycle started again. We kept on the ewe lambs for breeding and
sold the castrated ram lambs to friends with freezers.