The Sheep Book for Smallholders

The Sheep Book for Smallholders

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Tim Tyne

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  • Publisher: The Good Life Press
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 194mm x 248mm x 24mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Preston
  • ISBN 10: 190487164X
  • ISBN 13: 9781904871644
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 350 line drawings & photographs
  • Sales rank: 175,979

Product description

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.

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Tim and his family have a productive smallholding on the Llyn Peninsula in Wales. They run residential courses on all aspects of smallholding and viable self-sufficiency as well as giving talks around the country on the subject. Tim Tyne has vast knowledge and experience of sheep and combines this with a clear and accessible writing style. This book will a great asset to any sheep keeper.

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By William Michell 22 Aug 2011 5

Tim Tyne's Sheep Book for Smallholders, this book sets a new standard in sheep books. Being new to sheep keeping Tim's book has given me the confidence to diagnose and tackle problems myself, enabling me to be more self reliant. The book is clear and interesting and funny in places. Reading this book also equipped me to manage my flock to minimise future problems and has made keeping sheep more pleasurable. It is very comprehensive and has relevance to the more experienced sheep-keeper; I have recommended it to many people who agree its usefulness. Referring to this book I have sheared a sheep, trained a sheepdog and increased the size and efficiency of my flock. It has also given more confidence at lambing time. The book has been extremely beneficial both to me and my sheep.