Living with Sheep: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Flock Paperback – Feb 1 2007
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Wooster confesses that he didn't think much about the details of living with sheep until he found himself the owner of his own flock. He has produced a friendly book about the pleasures of keeping sheep, written so that people who grew up like he did--in the suburbs, without the benefit of 4-H or other agricultural experience--can enjoy ovine company. Wooster handles all of the basics of shepherding in informal, chatty prose that is well seeded with illustrative anecdotes. One of the best aspects of Wooster's book is his approach to his sheep, as summarized by his big-picture advice: get to know your sheep, have your sheep get to know you, and aim for a stress-free life--all important points for dealing with essentially timid animals. Beautifully illustrated with color photos taken by Hansen, this is the single best book on keeping sheep for the majority of libraries. Nancy Bent
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There is a little about everything for the novice sheep herder. It gives opinion and fact to back everything stated in the book, sprinkeled with some great photography. I am loving this book right now. We are looking to start a sheep farm and this is by far the best book we have in our library of reference books.
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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.
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!
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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