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Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep: Breeds, Care, Facilities 3rd Edition

4.9 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 003-7038172621
ISBN-10: 1580172628
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Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

The Small-Scale Sheep-Raiser's Bible

Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep is an invaluable resource for everyone who raises sheep. It contains the most comprehensive and current information available on:

Breeds, including minor ones

Feeding and housing

Breeding and lambing

Pasture management

Disease and health care

Herding dogs

"...a welcome and much-needed addition to sheep literature in North America. Beginners and experienced shepherds alike will discover valuable, practical information in every chapter. The book is a joy to read..."

(Dave Thompson, editor, sheep! Magazine)

About the Author

Carol Ekarius is the co-author of The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook and the author of several books, including Storey’s Guide to Raising Sheep (with Paula Simmons), Small-Scale Livestock Farming, Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds, and  Storey’s Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep, Goats, Cattle, and Pigs. She lives in the mountains of Colorado where her four-legged and winged family keeps her busy. 



A respected authority on sheep raising for over three decades, author Paula Simmons has written many books and magazines articles on spinning wool. She has authored three Storey books for children and adults, including Turning Wool Into a Cottage Industry and Raising Sheep the Modern Way, which many readers call their sheep "bible" and The Mother Earth News has dubbed it, "A fine shepherd's textbook." Paula is also a lecturer and conducts workshops in the United States and Canada on raising sheep and spinning wool for a living. Together with her husband, Ross, Paula has been raising and sheering sheep, and spinning and weaving wool for over 20 years on their farm in Washington.

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Product Details

  • Series: Storey's Guides
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 3rd edition (November 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580172628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580172622
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Walter V. Jeffries on December 3, 2002
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This book is most excellent and indepth. BUT, be sure to get the new expanded update by Paula Simmons AND Carol Ekarius. The updated book has a lot more info. I originally read this book in the older form at the local library and then bought a copy of the updated version through Amazon.com to have on hand as we got sheep. The updated book is so good that I read the entire thing again cover to cover. Carol Ekarius has added a lot of valuable info, updates and personal stories from shepards to the book.
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Speaking frankly, I used to smirk at the series of books titled "Raising _______ The Modern Way."
Too few of them were useful. Belanger's Dairy Goats and Simmons's Raising Sheep were the only two exceptions. Of course, that was then, a time when books for folks returning to nature just weren't common. Now, as more books are available, it seems Storey's has decided to improve their entire line.
The result is that Storey's Guides are now really excellent and provide a great deal of useful information. This is especially true with Raising Sheep.
Among the numerous books for prospective sheep ranchers I choose this as the best, most complete useful book for the small farmer.
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Carol Ekarius didn�t reinvent the wheel on her latest book, she updated and added to Paula Simmons, reference book, Storey�s Guide to raising Sheep. The chapter on breeds is quite extensive. I was unaware of the heritage and rare sheep breeds. �The Jacob sheep, which was once an endangered species, is making a comeback.� (665 counted in the last census). These breeds have some desirable characteristics, particularly when used on a diversified farm or ranch. The chapter devoted to the use of guardian animals is a wonderful addition. It certainly leaves one with loads to think about. Carol presented a convincing case using science and technology to declare sheep as top-notch weed controllers. Weeds are a major hurdle facing the agriculture industry, including small acreage owners. Weeds are negatively impacting the over health of our environment. Sheep seem to be a viable solution worthy of further investigation. They control weeds, fertilize and give the owner a product that is highly marketable. True to Ekarius form there is a chapter on marketing your product. Take a look; she has some great ideas that can easily be adapted to any region. The final chapter is on showing sheep. 4-H and FFA leaders now have an updated informative book that is not cost prohibitive. I recommend this book to parents of children taking one of these projects. It is worth it.
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I just received this book from my order through Amazon...i have to say:
THE Detailed coverage on the Sheep/Lamb/Wool Industry is AWESOME. it not only teaches you how to raise and take care of sheep, but goes into detail with the BUSINESS side of sheep raising for those small and large time farmers!!
Recommended reading by me for sure.
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My daughter is in an Agriculture class and is also in Future Farmer's of America. We have tried to understand the text book my daughter brought home from school. It was way to difficult to read.
Thank goodness she found this book in her school library. It is easy to read and much more detailed. We will be rasing a lamb for this class and this will be our bible.
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This book covers everything you need to know about getting started with sheep. I am going to become a 4-H sheep leader and this book has provided loads of valuable information! This book is a "must have".
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Though this is not an exhaustive reference, it is full of the necessary knowledge to get you started in raising sheep. Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep should be the first book in your library on the subject.
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I can't say enough about this book! Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep covers everything from making your first purchase, care and feeding, illness, predators, lambing, flock care, marketing and more. For those interested in breeding sheep, chapter 2 contains 54 pages discussing various breeds, including the history of each breed as well as black and white photographs. A GREAT source of information for the beginner as well as the experienced shepherd.
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