The Backyard Sheep: An Introductory Guide to Keeping Productive Pet Sheep

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With Sue Weaver's expert guidance, it's easy to raise sheep in your own backyard, whether for fleece and milk (and the wonderful cheese, yogurt, and butter you can make from it) or as companionable pets. Weaver covers absolutely everything beginners need to know to keep sheep safe, healthy, and maximally productive.

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Overview

With Sue Weaver's expert guidance, it's easy to raise sheep in your own backyard, whether for fleece and milk (and the wonderful cheese, yogurt, and butter you can make from it) or as companionable pets. Weaver covers absolutely everything beginners need to know to keep sheep safe, healthy, and maximally productive.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603429672
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 673,501
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Weaver has written hundreds of magazine articles and many books about livestock, horses, and chickens, including The Backyard Cow, The Backyard Goat, The Backyard Sheep, Storey and The Donkey Companion. Weaver and her husband share their ridgetop farmette in the southern Ozarks with an array of animal friends.

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Table of Contents

Preface


Part 1: Learning About Sheep

1. Sheep Throughout History

Sheepish Origins - Sheep in Great Britain - Sheep in the Americas - The Rise of the Merino - Sheep in the Rest of the World

2. Introducing the Sheep

The Five Senses - Open Your Mouth and Say Baah - Social Behavior - Play Behavior - Feeding Behavior - Flocking, Moving, and Catching Behavior - Cast Sheep - Behavioral Tidbits

3. Choosing a Breed

What Are You Looking For? - Breed Classifications - Horns 101

4. Buying Your Sheep

Where to Start Looking - Finding a Responsible Seller - Evaluating Sheep - Identifying Sheep

Part 2: Keeping a Few Sheep

5. Housing Sheep

Providing Housing - Constructing Pens - Building Fences - Everyday Equipment

6. Feeding Sheep

Your Sheep's Digestive System - Feeding Hay - Feeding Concentrates - Feeding Minerals - If You Switch Feeds, Do It Gradually

7. Doctoring Sheep

Finding a Sheep-Savvy Veterinarian - Keeping Sheep Healthy and Well - Being Your Own Vet (Sometimes) - Sheep Illnesses and Afflictions - Coccidiosis - Internal Parasites - External Parasites

Part 3: Making More Sheep

8. Breeding Sheep

Owning Your Own Ram - Using Someone Else's Ram - Handling Rams - The Sheep-y Birds and Bees - Handling Ewes Post-Breeding - Feeding Pregnant Ewes - Late-Gestation Tips - What to Do Before Lambing Starts - Is It Time?

9. Lambing Season

First-Stage Labor - Second-Stage Labor - When Things Go Wrong - Here Be Lambs!

10. Caring for Lambs

Dealing with Rejected Lambs - Lamb Poop 101 - Tails It Is - Feeding Dam-Raised Lambs - Raising Bottled Lambs

Part 4: Enjoying Your Sheep

11. Producing Quality Fleece

First Things First - More Ploys for Growing Better Fleeces - Sheepshearing 101 - Washing (Scouring) Fleece - Storing Fleece

12. Got Milk?

Choosing Your Dairy Ewe - Milking Basics - Handling Milk - Sharing the Bounty - Selling Milk

13. Training Sheep

Taming Sheep - Training Basics - Teaching Your Sheep about Targeting - Teaching Your Sheep to Lead - Picking Up Feet

Glossary

Appendix 1: Common Mistakes

Appendix 2: Trimming Hooves

Appendix 3: Promoting Your Sheep

Appendix 4: Emergency Euthanasia

Resources

Recommended Reading

Credits

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Great and informative!

    I got this book a few months back and enjoyed every page! A few personal stories and mostly informative knowledge, Weaver does a fantastic job a writing a book on sheep care, management, and behavior that is engaging and well worth your time!

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