Synopses & Reviews
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
Drawing from years of hands-on experience, Paula Simmons and Carol Ekarius provide expert advice on breed selection, lambing, feeding, housing, pasture maintenance, and medical care. You'll also find tips on profitably marketing your meat and fiber products, as well as information on obtaining organic certifications.
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)