Inspiration and practical advice for would-be smallholders
Author: Richard Spencer
Pubpsher: Pavilion Books
Category: Technology & Engineering
A fascinating and practical guide to the sheep breeds of Britain. Covers the hill, lowland, downland, primitive and commercial breeds from the Beulah Speckled Face to the Friesland. Expert advice on every aspect of keeping sheep, from sheltering, grazing and feeding, right through to lambing time. Britain has a wonderful tradition of keeping sheep, from the Badger Face Welsh Mountain sheep and the Norfolk Horn to the Oxford Down and the Scottish Greyface. Whatever land you have available, this book will help you to choose the right sheep for you. Whether you want to breed lustrous Soay sheep wool or delicious Herdwick lamb, every stage of the sheep keeping process is covered here. Learn how to choose livestock, graze your animals, cope with lambing time and sell your lambs everything you need to know is covered here.
Practical Sheep Keeping explains everything you need to know to manage sheep and keep them healthy. Aimed particularly at the keeper of the small flock - say around thirty ewes - the principles nevertheless apply to flocks of all sizes. From choosing and buying, through housing, feeding and routine management, to breeding and lambing, Kim Cardell offers sound advice based on many years' experience. Contents include: Where to begin; Fencing, shelter and housing; Moving, handling and transport; Breeding and genetics; Nutrition.Grassland and crops; Wool and shearing; Keeping the flock healthy; Lambing and lamb rearing; Marketing and business. A comprehensive guide to sheep keeping aimed at sheep farmers and potential sheep farmers, especially on a smaller scale. Gives sound advice on how to manage sheep and how to keep them healthy. Fully illustrated with over 120 black & white photographs and diagrams. Kim Cardell is an experienced sheep keeper, farming journalist and past editor of The Sheep Farmer.
Small-scale sheep keeping is one of the major growth areas of livestock breeding. The success of rare breeds and their proven commercial qualities has encouraged intense interest in minority sheep but whether you keep ten or a hundred ewes the same strict principles of management must be followed if success is to be achieved. This book aims to inform, encourage, advise and even entertain its readers. Sheep keeping can be a most enjoyable hobby but small flock owners all too often find it difficult to related to books aimed at the commercial producer. Sound, practical advice which is easily understood and efficiently put into practice is what this book offers.
Release on 2017-11-22 | by Phillipa Page,Kim Hamer
Author: Phillipa Page,Kim Hamer
Pubpsher: Professional Smallholder Series
Category: Sheep farming
Sheep Keeping is a practical guide to common problems seen in small sheep flocks. It is suitable for experienced smallholder sheep farmers, but also relevant to new and prospective ones. As a sheep keeper, have you ever wanted to go into more depth with your vet and gain expert advice that will keep your flock healthy and happy? This guide provides in-depth veterinary information to complement local veterinary consultations. Advice is offered on everyday issues, such as: feeding and nutrition; housing; organ systems and their function; disease and treatments; and sheep behavior. Each chapter guides the reader through different sheep keeping systems, organ biology, correct diet and nutrition, lambing time, and the many problems that can occur at this time of year. Helpful photographs and diagrams will help readers identify and describe diseases, including recognizing abnormal behaviour and the signs of disease in their sheep. The chapter on routine husbandry procedures will help readers prevent diseases through good practice. (Series: The Professional Smallholder Series) [Subject: Farm Studies, Sheep Keeping]
An Introductory Guide to Keeping Productive Pet Sheep
Author: Sue Weaver
Pubpsher: Storey Publishing
Category: Technology & Engineering
Raise a flock of sheep in your backyard. Even with a limited amount of space, you can enjoy homegrown fleece and fresh milk, as well as the endearing company of these family-friendly animals. Sue Weaver provides all the instructions you need for selecting a breed; housing and feeding; harvesting fleece; and milking. With simple recipes for making cheese and yogurt, and tips on processing fleece for wool, you’ll enjoy the varied and numerous rewards of keeping sheep.
Release on 2004-01-01 | by NIIR Board of Consultants & Engineers
Author: NIIR Board of Consultants & Engineers
Pubpsher: ASIA PACIFIC BUSINESS PRESS Inc.
Category: Animal industry
Livestock and poultry in Indian tropical and subtropics play a critical role in agricultural economy by providing milk, wool, meat, eggs and draft power and provide flexible reserves during period of economic stress and buffer against crop failure. Rabbits are raised up off the ground and are one of the cleanest animals produced as meat and hence do not even need to be wormed. Rabbits are among the most productive of domestic livestock, making them efficient sources of food for an ever increasing population with diminishing resources. Up to 98.7% of the rabbits can be used for meat, fur, in laboratories, as fertilizers, in toys and novelties. The large demand for animal wool seems to be assured. Sheep rearing is the major source of livelihood to small and marginal farmers and landless laborers in hilly areas, arid and semi-arid region of India. Goat is a multi functional animal and plays a significant role in the economy and nutrition of landless, small and marginal farmers in the country. It creates employment to the rural poor besides effectively utilizing unpaid family labor. There is ample scope for establishing cottage industries based on goat meat and milk products and value addition to skin and fiber. Fish is a good source of animal proteins; Man has realized its importance from the very inception of the evolution of the human race. It has been the sole diet for many island nations before the evolution of farming techniques. Poultry is one of the fastest growing segments of the agricultural sector in India today. The production of agricultural crops has been rising at a rate of 1.5 to 2 % per annum that of eggs and broilers has been rising at a rate of 8 to 10 % per annum. From a backyard hobby it has culminated into an industry. Among the various livestock species, piggery is most potential source of meat production and more efficient feed converters after the broiler. Apart from providing meat, it is also a source of bristles and manure. Pig farming will provide employment opportunities to seasonally employed rural farmers and supplementary income to improve their living standards. The contribution of pork products in terms of value works out to 0.80% of total livestock products and 4.32% of the meat and meat products. This book basically deals with rabbit keeping, feeding systems, feed requirements and balanced rations, angora wool utilization in cottage industries, useful information for goat breeding measures of increasing potential of range land nutrients requirements of goats, conversion efficiency of indigenous breeds of goats, sources and functions of the nutrients in sheep, breeds of poultry, inheritance of plumage in turkeys, commercial poultry farming, nutrition of broiler type chickens, how to economise on poultry feed cost, principles of fish culture, culturable fish and shellfish, nutritional requirement and artificial shrimp feed preparation, types of antibiotics for pigs etc. This book provides detailed information on the livestock and poultry farming and rearing technique with described process of feeding systems, feed requirements and balanced rations, harvesting commercial products from them. This book is an invaluable resource for the entrepreneurs, institutions and professionals.
Release on 2000 | by James Dobson,John Sander,Judith Woodfield
Homework and Assessment
Author: James Dobson,John Sander,Judith Woodfield
Pubpsher: Nelson Thornes
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Meets the requirements of the Revised National Curriculum.Integrated and continuous assessment.Re-capping and reinforcement throughout.Homework and Assessment books that accompany the series contain guidance notes for assessments and provide photocopiable worksheets.Support for differentation.Up-to-date information.
This promises to be the only book on sheep you will ever need! Packed full of detailed information, The Sheep Book for Smallholders covers every aspect of keeping sheep on a small scale. Beginning with a brief overview of the sheep industry, and the rise and fall of the artisan shepherd, the author has logically divided the book up into the shepherd's calendar, so that the sheep keeper knows what to expect with each season. All aspects of looking after the flock are covered, including selection, culling, nutrition, housing, lambing, grassland management, ailments and prevention. There are also sections on home slaughter and butcher, and, uniquely, processing the byproducts, including the fleece and keeping sheep for dairying. Unusually, the book also has a section on training sheepdogs. Supported by stunning photography and clear illustrations, as well as huge and useful appendices. This is a welcome addition to the smallholder's bookshelf, and is going to be a reference classic in years to come.