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Living with Sheep: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Flock Paperback – 19 Jul 2007


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; New edition edition (19 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592289061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592289066
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,364,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...this is the single best book on keeping sheep..." -Booklist"

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Chuck Wooster has had many years of experience in raising and caring for his own flocks of sheep. Geoff Hansen is a professional photographer whose pictures have appeared in numerous publications.

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By Sal on 23 Jun 2012
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Fantastic book, we were considering having a few lambs just to keep the grass in the field down. Alot of people we spoke to advised against just giving lots of negatives however this book really spelt out in an easy to read manner how rewarding it can be.

It doesn't advise you to buy lots of things you don't need but you do get to know what you do need and what you must make sure you have in place with regards to fencing etc prior to getting your lambs. It doesn't go into great detail about ailments and so this may need to be found elsewhere however as a starter guide for someone with a smallholding it's perfect.

I feel much more confident now and our lambs arrived today and they have already given us so much pleasure.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Finally! A sheep book that tells you what you need to know!!! 11 Nov 2005
By Cheryl Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is great for beginner shepherds. I've read just about every book about raising sheep that I could find, and most of them just scare the crap out of you when you see all of the diseases they can get. Chuck Wooster puts it all in perspective and tells you all of the things that you really need to pay attention to, from feed to fencing. All done marvelously with a sense of humor. More than once I laughed out loud while reading about the author's experiences with sheep. I've been a shepherd for about a month now and I can tell you I've referred to his book more than all of the others. Raising sheep is a joy, and Chuck Woosters book is a joy to read.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Buy a Sheep! 12 May 2005
By Jerry M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Chuck Wooster has written a beginners guide to raising sheep. He makes sheep raising sound like fun. After reading it, I wanted to rush out and get sheep to nibble my lawn. The guide is aimed at a variety of readers: from those who wish to have a few sheep to nibble their grass, to serious farming for profit. Everything is covered, from the best sheep, the best food, the best fences, etc. Geoff Hansen's photographs add to the enjoyment.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
What a great book 21 Mar 2007
By C. Brnabic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are a newcomer to living on a small farm and are looking for information on livestock to keep on your small acreage, this is a great book.

The author is very detailed yet understandable about every aspect of sheep raising and care.

It is also written for people from every angle. If you want to raise your own lambs and slaughter them or, like me, you don't want to use them for any other purpose other than as pets who keep the lawn down, this is just the book for you. The author covers everything you will need and makes you look forward to getting your first flock.

Really enjoyed it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Even a moron could raise sheep after reading this book! 4 Oct 2007
By Shana - Published on Amazon.com
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In "Living with Sheep: Everything You Need to Know to Raise your Own Flock" the author covers exactly what the title implies, EVERYTHING you will need to know to raise sheep! Mr. Wooster writes in a very relaxed, and often humorous way. It's kind of like having coffee with a friend who's giving you pratical and essential instruction from 1st hand experience with sheep. Let me also say that the photo's in this book are excellent- bravo to Geoff Hansen!

Amongst topics covered by this book are: Sheep history, picking your sheep, things you should think about BEFORE you even get sheep, how to handle sheep, the various type of sheep breeds (meat, wool, dual-purpose and heirloom), land support, sheep shelter, fences, hay, how to properly feed your sheep, pasture rotation, raising lambs, organic lamb meat, butchering, wool production, rams and sheep health. This book also has a wonderful Appendix section in the back. Among the Appendix list is: Ewe gestation charts, tools & equipment you will need, summary month-by-month of a shepard's year, and a listing of state sheep sources and breed associations.

That being said Mr. Wooster really knows his sheep! I would invest in a hardback copy as here on Amazon it is cheaper than most retail paperback editions. The paper stock is thick, semi-glossy, flexible and will survive through repeated reading.

A solid 5 stars!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful read, thorough, informative, well-written 12 Oct 2006
By Sunny enquiring mind - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Chuck Wooster begins his book with an explanation that he came from a suburban upbringing and had no knowledge of raising sheep when he started. From the very onset, he engages the reader in his discovery, his mistakes, and his excitement. Wooster brings a sense of wonder, and humor to his writing which conveys his deep appreciation of sheep and the art of sheepraising. Wooster openly shares his emotions about every aspect of sheepraising, thereby setting this book apart from other dry textbook offerings. This is a delighful read.

I have never raised sheep, so I cannot speak to the accuracy of the information. From my amateur vantage point, the book seems to cover everything you need to know.

Living with Sheep is filled with cute sheep photos depicting several different breeds. One added surprise not mentioned in other reviews I read: the paper stock is very pleasurably heavy and moisture resistant. Great for reading without fear of spilling your tea, or getting bath bubbles on it.

If you have ever fallen in love while scratching the neck of a sheep and wondered what it might be like to own and raise one, I highly recommend you read this book.
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