- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: The Lyons Press; New edition edition (1 Feb. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592289061
- ISBN-13: 978-1592289066
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,572,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Living with Sheep: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Flock Paperback – 1 Feb 2007
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"...this is the single best book on keeping sheep..." -Booklist"
As one of the most popular and loved of all farm animals, sheep provide us not only with myriad goods, from soft wool to fine meat, but also with companionship. "Living With Sheep" is packed with expert knowledge about raising and caring for a flock of sheep, and written in a manner suitable for the would-be farmer or those who just enjoy animals and the outdoors. This comprehensive volume covers everything from choosing and acquiring a flock of sheep, through appropriate food, shelter and health care, breeding and the lambing process, to gathering wool, milk and meat. This is the ultimate volume for anyone who shares a love for these humble animals, and a must-have if you have ever considered raising your own flock.See all Product description
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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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This book will give you all the reasons why you want to raise sheep. The types of sheep there are as well as insight into whether you are raising your sheep for meat, wool or just the plain fun of having sheep.
If nothing else the pictures are amazing and well worth the price of the book. But I believe that you will enjoy reading about the personality of sheep, their "stupidity" that actually comes out looking pretty brilliant, and the fun that an owner has in building relationship with his or her flock.
Animals have a wonderful way of settling you down when you are upset, giving you the love that no one else gives you, and they do it unconditionally and the friendship that you find hard to get with others now a days. It is fun to go out to the pasture and have your animals come running just to be with you.
There will be guidelines on care for your sheep, the right food to give them, the treatment they need to flourish and then what the rewards are from doing a good job.
Even if you don't ever buy any sheep this is a great little book.
Finally, as a Pastor I find the information regarding sheep very telling, especially when you consider how often the Bible uses Sheep and Shepherds in analogies of how we should live the Christian life.
The breeds of sheep pictured (clear color photographs for a change) and discussed are written from a strongly New England (Vermont) perspective. This can of course be good or bad, depending on the reader. A twelfth chapter covering sheep breeds suitable for terrains, climates, shelter requirements, parasites, and pasturing styles found elsewhere in North America (it's a big continent!) would be a useful addition.
I recommend this book not as the sole reference for a novice who is preparing to raise his own flock, but as a highly readable, entertaining overview of the essentials of raising sheep and harvesting their wool and meat, written with a lot of heart.
I must end on a sour note: I demoted this book one "star" after learning the publisher saved a few cents by having it printed in China.