Books that Should be on Every Shepherd's Bookshelf
As all of us know, there are more sheep books and manuals than we can shake a crook cane at. When you are first starting out with sheep, a simple Amazon or Google search will flood you with a wealth of information.
Where do you start?
What book is decent and easy to learn from?
What will help you out in the middle of the night when the vet won't answer their phone and your favorite ewe has decided to turn herself inside out while lambing?
There isn't a shepherd out there that hasn't been elbow deep in an emergency with one hand and trying to research their way out of the problem with the other on their smartphone.
I know I have done it more times than I care to admit.
For those of you researching information on how to be the best sheep owner and farmer you can be, I thought you might be interested in the books on my bookshelf.
These are not the only references out there. They are just the ones that in I found useful. Never stop searching and reading. Information is always evolving and new techniques are always coming to the forefront.
Dirt to Soil
by Gabe Brown
Published 2018 by Chelsea Green Publishing
An invaluable resource on how to farm without weakening soils thru chemical fertilizers. Read how one family's adventures in learning to keep soils fertile, healthy, and profitable while reducing your workload and with less money
How to Build Animal Housing
by Carol Ekarius
published 2004 by Story Publishing
Before you even bring your sheep home, you have to build them a home. This book helps you design and build barns, sheds, and feeders to make your life easier and your animals happier
by Laura Lawson
published 1994 by LDF Publications
Even if your sheep never sees the inside of a show ring, this easy to read book will help you figure out what good conformation is and how to condition score your sheep.
The Sheep Raiser's Manual
by William K. Kruesi
published 1985 by Williamson Publishing Co.
To the point, this book discusses pasture management, parasites, ewe and ram selection, lambing, genetic improvement, and farm management
Guide to Working with Farm Animals
by Temple Grandin
published 2017 by Story Publishing
This invaluable book helps you learn how to work with your animals instead of against them.
A Manual of Lambing Techniques
by Agnes C. Winter & Cicely W. Hill
Published 1998 by The Farming Press
Lambing season is both exciting, challenging, and devastating. This book helps you through the challenges of the season with over 90 scenario illustrations
Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep
By Paula Simmons & Carol Ekarius
Published 2019 by Storey Publishing
There is a reason this book is now in it's fifth edition. It is considered the bible of the sheep owner. it covers everything from reproduction to sheep housing to livestock guardians
Cattle and Sheep Medicine
By Philip R. Scott
Published 2010 by CRC Press
A combination of cattle and sheep problems, this book helps you learn how to assess real life problems as they occur in your flock. 222 pictures and illustrations of clinical cases
By Laura Lawson
Published 1992 by LDF Publishing
I dragged my feet for many years about buying this book due to the price. I wish I had purchased it prior to my first lambing season decades ago because it has helped me save so many lambs. With the author's unique system of diagnostic check sheets, symptom flow charts, and treatments, this book helps you detect, diagnose and treat 152 problems with sheep such as respiratory, scours, feet, prolapse, and digestive problems.
Managing Your Ewe
By Laura Lawson
Published 1994 by LDF Publishing
With the author's unique system of diagnostic check sheets, symptom flow charts and treatments, you can determine a ewes problem, treat her, and understand how and why the problem occurred. From breeding to weaning management of ewes and lambs including nutrition, housing, equipment, and supplies.
Managing Breeds for a Secure Future
by Dr Philip Sponenberg, Alison Martin, and Jeannette Beranger
Published 2017 by 5M Publishing
A great read on selection and breeding of desired genetics in your farm animals. It goes into great depth on how to develop your own bloodlines, inbreeding, and line-breeding.
The Sheep Book
by Ron Parker
Published 2001 by Ohio University Press
With a mix of theoretical, technical, and practical tips, this book is a great beginner's guide to sheep
Alternative Treatments for Ruminant Animals
by Paul Dettloff DVM
Published 2004 by Acres USA
This book provides alternative ways to medically treat your animals safely and effectively