The Sheep Book by Ron Parker- out of print but maybe you can get it thru your library. Excellent
info for the beginning shepherd.
Raising Sheep the Modern Way and Turning Wool into a Cottage Industry and
many others by Paula Simmons.
Spring Pasture Lambing, Winter Grazing Sheep in a Cold Snowy Climate,
and Multi Species Grazing. tapes by Janet McNally. All excellent and are cutting edge sheep management. All available from
the Stockman Grass Farmer 1-800-748-9808 for $9.95 each.
Selling Grass Finished Beef and Lamb, tapes by David Schaffer and Alice
Dobbs, excellent and same source as above.
Sheep Production Handbook, prepared by the American Sheep Industry Association
and available thru Sheep! magazine (see below) Huge, newly updated, the one best resource expensive but well worth the price.
Your extension agent may have a copy. A reference book I wouldn't be without!
Managing you ewe and Her Newborn Lambs and Lamb Problems: Detecting Diagnosing
Treating, both by Laura Lawson. Both excellent and written by an experienced shepherd. Written in easy to understand
terms with good info on causes and prevention. Available from Sheep! magazine.
Sheep Ailments by Eddie Straiton- a good picture book of problems and
diseases with brief descriptions Diseases have English names so some confusion here is the only problem .ie. Sore Mouth is
The Veterinary Book for Sheep Farmers, by David C. Henderson. Excellent
reference. Again written for a British audience so disease names are different than what we call them.
The Merck Veterinary Manual, The best book on diseases, conditions, their
causes and treatments available from Sheep! Your vet should have a copy for you to look at.
What magazines are helpful for beginning shepherds?
Magazines- You might
share a subscription with a friend or borrow copies from your local sheep mentor or buy someone's back issues.
The Stockman Grass Farmer, emphasis on management intensive grazing and
making $ with livestock P.O. Box 9607 Jackson MS 39286-9607 They will send you a per issue.
Countryside and Small Stock Journal, the best magazine for homesteaders
and those that want to bet back to the land. S1156 Hwy 64 Withee, WI 54498
The Shepherd publishes more serious information on sheep research and
sheep related issues. For the serious shepherd. 5696 Johnston Rd, New Washington, Ohio 44854.
Sheep! -a bit lighter sheep publication with more people oriented stories
and lots of show and 4H related reporting. P.O. Box 10, Lake Mills, WI 53551
Black Sheep Newsletter - a newsletter that came out of the Black Sheep
Gathering in Oregon. Newsy, friendly and information on colored sheep. 25455 NW Dixie Mtn. Rd., Scappoose Oregon 97056
SpinOff Magazine, for handspinners (907) 669-7672 excellent. This is
just a partial list of good sheep books. It helps to read anything you can find at your library. Also develop a friendship
with a good sheep producer in your area and ask if he or she will be your mentor. I have a sheep mentor and her advice and
input has been invaluable. Thanks Gwen! Most of the above books available from Sheep! magazine.