Latest figures would suggest that traditional sheep farming is in crisis. Sheep used to be reared for their wool as well as their meat. But the fashion for man-made fibers and wooden floors has seen the demand for jumpers and carpets collapse – and so the price of wool has collapses as well. Ireland’s 31000 sheep farmers earn an average family farm income of under 10,000 euros a year. Sheep farming is not a job you do for the money.