Raising Animals for Fiber: Producing Wool from Sheep, Goats, Alpacas, and Rabbits in Your Backyard

Raising Animals for Fiber: Producing Wool from Sheep, Goats, Alpacas, and Rabbits in Your Backyard

by Chris McLaughlin

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Overview

Fiber Animals for the Backyard and Hobby Farm

Raising backyard fiber animals is rising in popularity, as more and more people seek traditional textiles for yarn-focused crafts like knitting, crocheting, and weaving, as well as spinning, embroidery, needlepoint, needle felting, wet felting, and fiber dying. This book offers an essential reference for anyone who is considering their own production of animal fibers. Author and fiber farmer Chris McLaughlin provides a comprehensive introduction to raising livestock for wool. With practical information for the aspiring beginner, Chris helps you to decide which species will best serve your own lifestyle criteria and needs.



Inside Raising Animals for Fiber

· Comprehensive guide to raising sheep, goats, angora rabbits, and alpacas

· Practical information on housing, fencing, feed, grooming, shearing, plucking, basic health care, breeding and birthing.

· Comparison of popular breeds and how their fiber differs from breed to breed.

· Frank discussion of the energy and commitment that it takes to raise livestock, and how much room and land each animal species will need.

· Essential biosecurity practices to prevent spreading pests and infectious animal diseases.

· Advice on hand spinning and crafts to utilize your homegrown fiber.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620083246
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 172,909
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Chris McLaughlin is the author of eight books written about her life passions;
gardening and small livestock. Her work can be found in Fine Gardening
Magazine, Hobby Farm Home Magazine, Urban Farm Magazine, The Heirloom
Gardener Magazine, and Mother Earth Living. Online, she's been a staff blogger for Finegardening.com, About.com, Fix.com, From Scratch Magazine, and many more websites. Chris is currently secretary of The Colored Angora Goat Breeders
Association. She and her family enjoy an active and entertaining life on their flower and fiber farm in the Northern California foothills where they grow flowers commercially and Angora goats.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Joy of Keeping Small Livestock for Fiber: Why I Wrote this Book • Introduction to Fiber Farming (Including the Truth) • The Backyard and Beyond • A Word About Health Guidance in this Book • Other Ways to Enjoy Your Fiber Animals Chapter 2: Why Sheep Might Be Your Thing • Choosing a Breed • About Sheep Wool • Housing & Fencing • Feeding • Basic Health Care • Tips on Wool Care • Breeding & Lambing • Lamb Care • Shearing *Boxed Sidebar — Sheep Lingo/Terminology * Boxed Sidebar — Heritage and Endangered Sheep Breeds *Boxed Sidebar – Domestic VS. Wild Sheep * Boxed Sidebar — Sheep First Aid Kit Chapter 3: Why Goats Might be Your Thing • Choosing a Breed • About Mohair • About Cashmere • Housing & Fencing • Feeding • Basic Health Care • Tips on Coat Care • Breeding & Kidding • Kid Care • Shearing *Boxed Sidebar — Goat Lingo/Terminology *Boxed Sidebar — Goat First Aid Kit *Boxed Sidebar – The Difference Between Goats and Sheep Chapter 4: Why Angora Rabbits Might Be Your Thing • Choosing a Breed • About Angora Wool • Housing • Feeding • Basic Health Care • Tips on Angora Wool Care • Breeding & Kindling • Kit Care • Clipping and Plucking * Boxed Sidebar — Rabbit Lingo/Terminology * Boxed Sidebar — Domestic VS. Wild Rabbits *Boxed Sidebar – Rabbit First Aid Kit Chapter 5: Why Alpacas Might be Your Thing • Choosing a Breed • About Alpaca Fleece • Housing & Fencing • Feeding • Basic Health Care • Tips on Coat Care • Breeding & Birthing • Cria Care • Shearing * Boxed Sidebar — Alpaca Lingo/Terminology *Boxed Sidebar – Alpaca First Aid Kit Chapter 6: Congratulations, You’re a Fiber Farmer! • Best Biosecurity Practices for Your Farm • Hand Spinning Fibers • Endless Fiber Crafts

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