Sue Weaver is the author of Sheep: Small-scale Sheep Keeping for Pleasure and Profit and Chickens: Tending a Small-scale Flock for Pleasure and Profit. She has also written hundreds of articles about animals over the years and is a contributing editor for Hobby Farms magazine. Sue and her husband John live near Mammoth Springs, Arkansas, where as the proprietors of Wolf Moon Boers they raise show-quality full-blood Boer goats. They also raise double-registered miniature American Brecknock Hill Cheviot and Keyrrey-Shee sheep, AMHR Miniature Horses of cob type, and American Curly horses.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sheep: Small-Scale Sheep Keeping for Pleasure and Profit (Hobby Farms)?
Sheep: Small-Scale Sheep Keeping for Pleasure and Profit Jun 17, 2008
If you want a quick introduction to keeping sheep then this is a really nice book which touches all subjects related to the topic.
After culling the pages about eating sheep and sheep history there are only about 85 pages of quite compact and very useful information on sheep keeping. In parts of the book, every little sentence seem to contain at least one good advice for the sheperd. However, I wish it would have covered topics in a little more detail. I sometimes asked myself "why?" or "then what?", but picked up so many good ideas from the book it was absolutely worth reading. Whether new to sheperding, or an experienced sheperd, there should be plenty of snacks for you. I bought this book along with "Living With Sheep" by Chuck Wooster, and found this one an excellent supplimentary.
Read this book first! Dec 8, 2007
I received this book from the breeder when I got my first sheep. I really enjoyed information in the book. I love the extra bits of information about things like the history of domestic sheep and bottle lambs. The pictures are supurb. It is great to have a book that looks at sheep raising from a homesteading or pet persepective instead of a commercial operation. This is an easy read, with great tone and flow.
A lot of info in concise form! Sep 13, 2007
I bought this book in hopes of having a "catch all" reference for our new adventures as shepherds. The book is packed with information in an easy to read format. I will still have to supplement the book with other publications, but it does cover the basics and would serve as a beginner's manual. One thing we have begun doing recently is printing off extension publications and compiling them in a 3 ring binder, arranged by topic. This book is easy to read and would be a good reference for 4H students.
sheep: small-scale sheep keeping for pleasure and profit Nov 6, 2006
I have read alot of books on sheep for years, because I own sheep and what to do my best at it. This book was probably the best book on sheep I have ever read. The information was great and easy to understand this book is right on. I have told alot of sheep people I know to get this book
Another wonderful Hobby Farm book from Sue Weaver... Oct 29, 2006
I read this book being a complete novice on raising sheep. After reading this book, I really feel I have enough knowledge to raise my own sheep on my hobby farm.
The author (Sue Weaver) writes in a wonderful down-to-earth and very easy to understand style. She covers everything sheep such as: choosing the right sheep breed for your needs, sheep disposition & behavior, sheep housing, nutritional needs, shearing & selling fleece, hoof trimming, delivering lambs, common sheep diseases and how to vaccinate your sheep. Whether you're a total novice like me or an old pro, I think you could learn a lot from this book.
This book is put together on nice glossy paper stock. It also has tons of excellent photos. What I love most is that the author shows many photo's on how to correctly do many procedures w/sheep, such as vaccinations. Also this book sports an excellent resource directory. The directory includes an online directory, sheep organizations, sheep suppliers, state & university resources and my favorite the book and periodical guide to all sheep.
The only thing I would've liked in here (tho, I know it goes way beyond the scope of this book) is a chapter that had every sheep breed with photos and characteristics listed. Tho, the author does go a bit into what breeds are best for milk and for wool.
This book is a great investment. I also have Sue Weaver's other book on raising chickens and it is wonderful as well. If you're reading this Sue, how about a book on raising Ducks and one on raising Alpacas next? :)