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The first part of this book provides an overview of sheep breeds, why they are kept (milk, hides, fine wool, coarse wool, meat), and the husbandry practices involved in caring for different breeds. The second, and by far largest part of the book, is an encyclopedia of significant breeds. It reviews 198 different breeds and five different species. While there are actually over 10,000 different breeds, most today are obscure or rare. The breeds covered here include all of the more important breeds, as well as some less important ones. As such; it gives you a very sound understanding of the diversity that can be found across sheep breeds; and a basis upon which to make an intelligent selection when attempting to decide on a breed to raise.

 

ISBN: 978-0-6483232-8-0

Pages: 85

 

Contributors

John Mason
Dip.Hort.Sc.

Jade Sciacia
B.Sc.(Biol)

Kara Wight
BSc (Zool), HND (Animal Care)

Peta Jinnath Abdul
B.Sc.

Dr Maria L. Schmitz Fontes
PhD, MSc, BA Hons

Jacinda Cole
B.Sc., M.Psych.

 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Domesticated Sheep in Human History
Types of Sheep
Ovis aries
Ovis canedensis
Ovis dalli
Ovis ammon
Ovis nivicola
Sheep in History
Science in Sheep Farming
Sheep Farming is No Easy Feat
Wool
Hides
Milk
Meat
Types of Domestic Breeds
Breeds for Fine Wool
Breeds for Long Wool
Breeds for Meat
Dairy Breeds

Chapter 2 Biology & Behaviour
Sheep Biology & Appearance
Sheep Behaviour

Chapter 3 Husbandry Practices
Introduction
1) General Daily Care 
2) Scheduled Practices
Drenching (as required)
Injecting (as required – often twice annually)
Dipping (once a month – depending on seasonal and climatic conditions)
Hoof trimming (once annually)
Shearing and crutching (once a year)
Tail docking (soon after birth)
Castration of lambs
3) Responding to Problems
Ewes and lambs that don’t pair-up after birth
Weeds in the pasture and poisonous plants
Pests and diseases
Breech births and problems during lambing
Administering first aid

Chapter 4 Breeds & Breeding
Breed Types
More about Breed Categories
Breeds for Smaller Properties
Meat and Wool Sheep
Mini Breeds
Milk Sheep
Feeding Sheep
Chapter 5 Overview of Breeds
Further reading and study
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