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Raising Sheep (Storey's Guides to Raising)by Paula Simmons
Synopses & Reviews
For 17 years readers have turned to Storey Books for advice on raising animals. Our Modern Way series of six books has sold more than 1,000,000 copies. In an effort to provide readers with the best how-to animal books on the market we are completely updating all six Modern Way titles and reintroducing them as part of our Guide to Raising series.
Written by experts, these guides give novice and experienced livestock farmers all they need to know to successfully keep and profit from animals. Each book includes information on selection, housing, space requirements, breeding and birthing techniques, feeding, behavior, and health concerns and remedies for illness. The books also address the business of raising animals — processing meat, milk, eggs, and more. The authors were chosen not only for their expertise but also for their ability to explain the ins and outs of animal husbandry in an inviting and authoritative manner.
Whether readers are ready to start an entire herd or flock or are considering purchasing their first animal, Storey's Guide to Raising series offers vital information; each book is an indispensable reference.
These guides give novice and experienced livestock farmers all they need to know to successfully keep and profit from animals. Each book includes information on selection, housing, behavior, space requirements, breeding and birthing techniques, feeding, health concerns, and remedies for illness. The books also cover the business of raising animals, such as processing meat, milk, eggs, and more. The authors were chosen not only for their expertise but also for their ability to explain the ins and outs of animal husbandry in an inviting and accessible style. Whether readers are ready to start an entire herd or flock or are considering purchasing their first animal, Storey's Guide to Raising books offer vital information and are an indispensable reference.
Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep has earned the praise and trust of sheep farmers around the world, with its in-depth coverage of breed selection, lambing, feeding, housing, pasture maintenance, and disease prevention and treatment.
The new 4th edition, now with 253,000 copies in print, contains new and expanded features:
• Guidelines for organic certification
• Tips and advice on Web marketing and networking
• Coverage of rare breeds, including photographs
Storey's Guide to Raising Series is the essential animal husbandry information from the trusted source. With a combined total of 1.7 million copies in print.
Praise for the book:
"As first-time shepherds, my husband and I found ourselves referring to your book over and over again. We have several other publications but yours was far superior in covering all topics most thoroughly." - Linda, Sumner, WA
The Small-Scale Sheep-Raiser's Bible
Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep is an invaluable resource for everyone who raises sheep. It contains the most comprehensive and current information available on:
Breeds, including minor ones
Feeding and housing
Breeding and lambing
Disease and health care
"...a welcome and much-needed addition to sheep literature in North America. Beginners and experienced shepherds alike will discover valuable, practical information in every chapter. The book is a joy to read..."
(Dave Thompson, editor, sheep! Magazine)
About the Author
Carol Ekarius is the co-author of The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook and the author of several books, including Storey’s Guide to Raising Sheep (with Paula Simmons), Small-Scale Livestock Farming, Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds, and Storey’s Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep, Goats, Cattle, and Pigs. She lives in the mountains of Colorado where her four-legged and winged family keeps her busy.
A respected authority on sheep raising for over three decades, author Paula Simmons has written many books and magazines articles on spinning wool. She has authored three Storey books for children and adults, including Turning Wool Into a Cottage Industry and Raising Sheep the Modern Way, which many readers call their sheep "bible" and The Mother Earth News has dubbed it, "A fine shepherd's textbook." Paula is also a lecturer and conducts workshops in the United States and Canada on raising sheep and spinning wool for a living. Together with her husband, Ross, Paula has been raising and sheering sheep, and spinning and weaving wool for over 20 years on their farm in Washington.
Table of Contents
1 STARTING WITH SLEEP (1)
2 BREEDING AND BREEDS (23)
3 PASTURE, FENCES, AND FACILITIES (78)
4 HERDING DOGS (112)
5 PREDATORS AND PROTECTION (124)
6 FEEDS AND FEEDING (141)
7 GENERAL HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS (162)
8 PROBLEMS OF RAMS, EWES, AND LAMBS (206)
9 FLOCK MANAGEMENT (228)
10 LAMBING (246)
11 PRODUCTS AND MARKETING (278)
12 SHOWING SHEEP (337)
LAMBING CALENDAR (348)
FEED REQUIREMENTS FOR SHEEP (350)
COMPOSITIONS OF COMMON FEEDSTUFFS (351)
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