Sheep is written by a shepherd, Sue Weaver. She uses an easy-to-read style to share her wealth of information, enabling anyone to keep a healthy, thriving flock on a hobby farm. Weaver defines the size of the flock as 20-30 sheep. Whether you are interested in a flock for wool, meat, or milk, she covers it all. Those interested in just having a couple of pet sheep to keep the lawn mowed or the grass managed in an orchard can also learn everything they need to know. Those interested in raising more than one flock can find valuable information in the sheep resources and Web sites.
Get your information straight from the farm including detailed charts, tips from hobby shepherds, and fun sheep trivia. Did you know that sheep will not move once all four feet are off the ground? They freeze. Just tip them onto their rump, and you can shear, trim hoofs, or treat minor wounds without a fuss. They even sell a sheep chair so you don’t have to keep them balanced. There is a great picture on page 67.
Sheep covers the following:
- Choosing the right breed
- Constructing housing and predator-proof fencing
- Keeping flocks healthy with a nutritious diet
- Spotting symptoms of common sheep diseases
- Sheering fleeces, trimming hooves, and vaccinating sheep
- Breeding, delivering, and caring for newborn lambs
- Exploring sheep resources and Web sites
Also included in Sheep are a handy index, a glossary of terms and a brief summary of sheep diseases.
Format: Paperback, 160pp
Environment: Outdoors, Household Use, Farm Animals, Livestock, Book