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Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep: Breeds, Care, Facilities

For 17 years readers have turned to Storey Books for advice on raising animals. Our Modern Way series of six books has sold more than 1,000,000 copies. In an effort to provide readers with the best how-to animal books on the market we are completely updating all six Modern Way titles and re-introducing them as part of our Guide to Raising series.

Written by experts, these guides give novice and experienced livestock farmers all they need to know to successfully keep and profit from animals. Each book includes information on selection, housing, space requirements, breeding and birthing techniques, feeding, behavior, and health concerns and remedies for illness. The books also address the business of raising animals - processing meat, milk, eggs, and more. The authors were chosen not only for their expertise but also for their ability to explain the ins and outs of animal husbandry in an inviting and authoritative manner.

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Sheep: Everything About Housing, Care, Feeding, and Sicknesses/Special Chapter: Milking and What to Do With the Milk, Shearing and Processing the W

Reviewer: Laurinda McPhail (see more about me) from Salt Lake City, Utah
Would highly recommend this book to anyone who has no experience in the sheep industry. For the beginner who has yet to purchase sheep, it covers everything from how to make your first purchase, care and housing, feeding, illnesses, breeding, products of sheep and more. A small, inexpensive, yet informative book that will give the reader an idea of what sheep require in order to remain healthy.
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Sheep Raiser's Manual


Reviewer: Michael Price (see more about me) from Conyers, Georgia United States
While Mr. Kruesi and his editorial team may not give the personal connatations that some other authors who have written livestock books do they get the job done, written in 1985 and not currently under review for republication this material might sound dated to any looking for up to date information but believe me sound advice and expert research cannot be counted out, this book is full of charts and reviews of systems and process that will help anyone looking into sheep from the business end of the spectrum and carries some useful experienced advice for those of us who have a somewhat smaller aim for keeping a backyard flock. Not a book for the beginniging enthuasist to be sure but definetly worth having on your barn shelf. Unfortunately this country has gotten away from proper pasture and grazing management and has truely forgotten that in order to keep a healthy, productive flock of pretty much anything we all have to think like a "grass farmer".
A call to arms to all farmers, we need to get back to the basics in this age of technological wonders that might seem like a good idea at first, but in the end who is the farmer you or your computer system. Get out there America and sow some wild oats or something else.
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Raising Sheep the Modern Way


Reviewer: Michael Price (see more about me) from Conyers, Georgia United States
Like the title states this is another standard cranked out by the folks at GardenWay publishing, now don't get me wrong their information has been the staple for many a years and is still very useful today but this publishing house is not exactly known for their updating. Paula Simmons is a figurehead in her field and has some truely great advice and experience to give so listen to it folks even though it may be as old as your sheep's great grandsire. Defineltly a book anyone new to the livestock industry should have around for constant checking and even the occasional read through, I am a firm believer in information and research and so believe that even dated material is important. So if you are truely interested, buy this one for reference and keep building your library, do your own research develop a foundation of knowledge and no matter what your flock encounters you can overcome it and you can look happily out at your beautiful lambs one day and say with pride " I did it ".
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Sheep and Goat Medicine

This text is designed as a user-friendly textbook for the mixed practice large animal veterinarian. The text covers all aspects (medicine, surgery, theriogenology, and nutrition) of sheep and goats. Descriptions of common medical and surgical and reproductive procedures appear throughout the textbook enhanced by many photographs, diagrams, and charts. It covers all major body systems, herd health, physical examination, nutrition, anesthesia, and multisystem diseases. It is a practical, easy-to-read reference.
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Managing Your Ewe and Her Newborn Lambs

Reviewer: Carol Austin from Rice, WA USA
If you can only afford one book on breeding or managing ewes and lambs, make it this one. The format for diagnosing your ewes problem, condition, emergency or whatever, is absolutely clear and accurate. This is the best information available. Highly recommended.

Reviewer: An Amazon.com Customer
I am a vet tech and this book has gotten me through alot of questions, not to mention helping me with my own flock of sheep. This book is right on the seat of my truck along side my Border Collie "Don" when I go out on farm calls. Never leave without it. I like the fact that all the dosages are right in the book no need to take time to figure it out. Great book !

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Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools: Collected Works from the Save the Sheep Exhibit


This book highlights rare breeds of sheep and gives all kinds of fascinating information about them: where the breed is to be found, how it came about, the type of wool the sheep grow, and the status of the breed in terms of rarity.

If that isn't interesting enough, there are pictures of projects done in various wools like Jacob, California Mutant Red, Pitt Island, Leicester Longwool and Cotswold. The projects range from knitted lace to woven rugs. If you are a handspinner, weaver or knitter who likes fine wools, this is a very interesting little book. I really enjoyed it.

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Shepherdess: Notes from the Field


Ellison's experiences as a neophyte shepherdess have little enough in common with the bucolic mythology of the job. In the first few pages, she's already reciting instructions on how to deal with lambing problems, step two being "wash your hands and arm with soap and warm water"; step three, "lubricate your hand and arm"-you don't want to know the rest. Trained as a biochemist, Ellison left her job to become a full-time mother, but "after ten years of being a nonperson in many social situations... I was ready for a change." As she lived in rural Minnesota, a two hour drive from the nearest university, she opted for a career as shepherdess. Occasionally, Ellison's exclamatory prose veers dangerously towards the gee-whiz ("Bosho the ram was out!"), but more problematic is her tendency to wonder if "an intelligent, well-educated person like me couldn't do a simple task in less than five hours, how did undereducated farmers figure things out?" But for the most part, she is a straightforward guide to lambing and its problems; sheep dung and its problems; and haying and its problems. The hardest chore of all, however, is learning to think of the sheep "as farm animals rather than pets"-crucial when castrating lambs and taking them to market-without losing a sense of what is morally right. In this Ellison succeeds nicely.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Training the Sheep Dog

An absolutely wonderful book on all of the aspects surrounding the training of your sheep dog. This book offers detailed instructions on training sheep dogs. This is a must have for anyone with a sheep herd.
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Your Sheep: A Kid's Guide to Raising and Showing


Grade 5 Up-- A definitive guide to raising and showing sheep, written with young readers in mind, but with information thorough enough for anyone about to establish a first flock. The text begins with a note to parents about the child's responsibility as well as what will be expected of them as adults. The material is arranged by chapters, moving from the basics to the specifics. The main text uses about two-thirds of each page; the outer third is divided by a vertical line, which sets off some of the drawings, definitions, diagrams, captions, and additional information. Small black-and-white photographs are included. The book concludes with a sheep calendar; a list of helpful sources for supplies, publications, and building plans; a list of state Cooperative Extension Services; and an extensive glossary. This title is likely to be quite popular with youngsters involved in 4-H or FFA. It definitely belongs in domesticated-animal collections. --Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The Sheep Book: A Handbook for the Modern Shepherd

Parker, a long-time sheep raiser and wool fiber enthusiast, updates his classic guide to sheep husbandry (first published in 1983). Practical and broad in scope, the volume covers topics from selecting a breed to weaning lambs. Appendices cover nutrition, economic issues, drugs, and other matters. The foreword is by public radio personality Garrison Keillor.
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An Introduction to Keeping Sheep

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The Second Creation: Dolly and the Age of Biological Control


Human cloning has grabbed people's imagination, but that is merely a diversion--and one we personally regret and find distasteful. We did not make Dolly for that ... Our work completes the biotechnological trio: genetic engineering, genomics, cloning. It also provides an extraordinarily powerful scientific model for studying the interactions of the genes and their surroundings--interactions that account for so much of development and disease. Taken together, the new biotechnologies and the pending scientific insights will be immensely powerful. Truly they will take humanity into the age of biological control.

The cloning of Dolly in 1996 from the cell of an adult sheep was a pivotal moment in history. For the first time, a team of scientists, Led by Ian Wilmut and Keith Campbell at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh, was able to clone a whole mammal using a single cultured adult body cell, a breakthrough that revolutionized three technologies and brought science ever closer to the possibility of human cloning.

In this definitive account, the scientists who accomplished this stunning feat explain their hypotheses and experiments, their conclusions, and the implications of their work. Researchers have already incorporated into sheep the gene for human factor IX, a blood-clotting protein used to treat hemophilia. In the future, cultures of mammary cells may prove to be valuable donor material, and genetically modified animal organs may be transplanted into humans. Normal pig organs, for example, are rapidly destroyed by the human immune system, but if altered genetically, they could alleviate the serious shortage of available organs. Genetically engineered sheep are also expected to be valuable as models for genetic defects that mimic human disorders such as cystic fibrosis, and for cell-based therapies for diseases--such as Parkinson's, diabetes, and muscular dystrophy--that lack universally dependable treatments.

But what are the ethical issues raised by this pioneering research, and how are we to reconcile them with the enormous possibilities? Written with award-winning science writer Colin Tudge, The Second Creation is a Landmark work that details the most exciting and challenging scientific discovery of the twentieth century--with the furthest-reaching ramifications for the twenty-first.

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Lamb Problems: Detecting, Diagnosing, Treating

Reviewer: A reader from allentown, nj USA
This is the BEST book if you raise sheep. Young lambs can have so many problems, and they can become weak and die quickly. This book is very easy to use and the dosages for medication are clearly explained. We use it every year. My husband is a Vet and he recommends it.
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Beginning Shepherd's Manual

Reviewer: Kathy Bennett (see more about me) from Rolla, MO USA
Please note -- This book is exactly what the title says -- a BEGINNING shepherd's manual. If, like me, you are a beginner, you'll appreciate the clear and consise language the author uses to explain sheep and various aspects of sheep production. After reading this book, you'll know what questions to ask if you're considering raising a small flock. A more advanced book on the subject is "Raising Sheep the Modern Way," which delves into more details, and which I thoroughly recommend.
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Mountain Sheep of North America


This book is a major reference on the natural history, ecology, and management of wild sheep in North America. Written by wildlife biologists who have devoted years of study to the animals, it covers Dali's and Stone's sheep and Rocky Mountain, California, and desert bighorn and examines a variety of factors pertinent to their life histories: habitat, diet, activity, social organization, reproduction, and population dynamics.
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Sheep Hunting in Alaska: The Dall Sheep Hunters Guide

The Reference book for Dall sheep hunters. Every stage of hunting is covered within these pages--from conditioning, to hunting strategies, to selecting a taxidermist. Caloric content of backpacking foods and field-judging the three styles of sheep horns are examples of the specific topics presented. Experienced sheep hunters as well as novices will benefit tremendously from this comprehensive guide.
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Genetic Improvement of Cattle and Sheep

Humans started domesticating farm livestock over 10,000 years ago. For much of this time, livestock have been changed genetically by subjective means. In the past 50 years, the application of scientific methods to animal breeding has led to major improvements in the output, cost and quality of animal products in the last few decades. This book describes the principles of genetic improvement of farm livestock and the practical application of these principles to dairy cattle, beef cattle and sheep breeding. Originally published in 1998 by Farming Press.
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The Sheep Brain: A Photographic Series


An advanced laboratory guide for the study of neuroanatomy using the sheep brain as dissection material. Clear B/W labelled photographs of the brain: dorsal, ventral, lateral, and sagittal views; serial cross sections, and horizontal sections, and dissections showing major structures and fiber tracts. Appendices provide additional material. Appendix I contains labelled photographs of common laboratory animals: Rat, Cat, and Rhesus monkey. Appendix II contains photomicrographs, with accompanying text, of selected parts of the nervous system and of sense organs. Appendix III contains a series of schematic diagrams, with accompanying text, illustrating important brain circuits.
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The Flock


The Flock is based on Mary Austin's first-hand experiences. She met many shepherds while visiting the Tejon ranches of Edward Beale and Henry Miller and cultivated relationships with men others often thought of as ignorant, unambitious, and dirty, listening closely to their stories. Her neighbors were scandalized, but Austin respected the shepherds' ways of thinking. In The Flock she captures their way of life, not as part of a romantic bygone era, but as exemplifying potentially radical ways of living in and thinking about the world. She blends natural history, politics, and allegory in a genre-blurring narrative championing local shepherds in their losing battle against the quickly developing tourist business in the Western Sierra.
Barney Nelson, a rancher, hunter, and environmental activist, is widely recognized as one of the most original voices in environmental literature today. She enhanced her new afterword with a selection of never-before published drawings by Mary Austin that were the models for the lovely, authoritative engravings in the first edition, published in 1906. The Flock, readable, informative, and perennially fresh, should bring Austin's work to a broad new audience.
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Sheep (Naturebooks)

Introduces the physical characteristics, behavior, life cycle, and different varieties of sheep.
A great book for anyone who wants to learn more about sheep.
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Sheep: A Guide to Management

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Practical Sheep Keeping

An explanation of everything you need to know to manage sheep and keep them healthy. From choosing and buying, housing, feeding and routine management, to breeding and lambing, Kim Cardell offers advice based on her experience. Topics covered include: where to begin; fencing, shelter and housing; moving, handling and transport; breeding and genetics; nutrition; grassland and crops; wool and shearing; keeping the flock healthy; lambing and lamb rearing; and marketing and business.
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Sheep

Reviewer: Susan E. Goetzinger from Kentucky
This book is a tremendous book especially if you have visited Johnson County, Wyoming. Ms. Turk writes in a manner that you can picture all the trials and joy she experienced growing up in Wyoming. If you are going to visit Wyoming or have an interest - this is a book you have to read!

Reviewer: jeb@trib.com from Buffalo, WY United States
It is rare to find a book that is so uncontrived and refreshing to read. A true story that would appeal to anyone interested in reading about sheep hearding in the west. But more than anything else, this is a story about a remarkable woman and her family that will surely touch the heart of anyone who reads it.

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Hooray for Sheep Farming!


Kindergarten-Grade 3?These titles from Canada succeed with mixed results. Dairy Farming does not mention that there are many breeds of dairy cows, but discusses the history of pasteurization. It has too many broad general statements that lead to wrong conclusions. Two photos and a drawing show unsanitary conditions in the milking parlor. Cynthia McFarland's Cows in the Parlor (Atheneum, 1990; o.p.) is a better choice. Sheep Farming is more successful. Health concerns and nutrition are briefly addressed. Different types of wool are mentioned, as are the different kinds of sheep dogs and guard animals that sheep farmers use. The series title derives its name from the third paragraph of text that instructs readers to shout, "Hooray for..." the next time they encounter a product made from wool or milk. This may be intended to enliven the text but it comes across as silly. The format is attractive with large print; colorful, clear photographs; and appropriate illustrations. Unfamiliar terms are printed in boldface and defined in both the text and a glossary. Sheep Farming is an adequate purchase if needed; pass on Dairy Farming.?Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Planned Sheep Production


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Diseases of Sheep

(Blackwell Science) Former Director, Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh, UK. Edition has been fully revised and updated. New topics include sheep problems in regions other than Europe, reproductive physiology, sheep as a worldwide resource, and sheep welfare including standards and practices. For veterinarians and agriculturalists. Previous edition: c1991.

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