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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Shire Publications (10 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747812268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747812265
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 870,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are plenty of terrific photos of shepherds and their dogs going about their work in this superb treatise on the customs and practices of shepherding. Fascinating. --Books Monthly

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A brief illustrated guide to the history of shepherding.

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This is a brief book which describes shepherding in Britain in the last 200 years. It touches on many aspects of their lives, such as how the shepherd comes to be employed, what they spend their year doing, what kind of tools they use and the many changes sheep tending underwent as technology and markets changed. Highlights for me were discovering that herding with sheep dogs is a relatively modern development (I had assumed this is how farmers had looked after their sheep since the first one was domesticated!) and that rams spend 11 months of the year idle, so need to be put through a fitness regime to physically make it through the month-long sexfest of the 'tupping' season.

Like all Shire books, it is a short work, easily read in an afternoon and with lots of pictures. It is aimed at the general reader, but is grounded in reliable research and has a bibliography of further reading should you want to investigate any of the aspects touched upon in greater depth. It is not a gripping page-turner by any stretch of the imagination, but I wanted to know about traditional sheep farming and now I do - with little time or expense used up - so it gets a big thumbs-up from me.
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