Over the past several years I have collected many
sheep related books. There seems to be those few
that I always reach for when I need to find the answer to
a question. Just looking at the books you can tell which ones
I use most often, the pages are stained with all sorts of
things, like well worn cook books.
Sheep the Modern Way by Paula Simmons. This is the
10th edition that was published in 1992. In it, on page 23,
is the picture of a white horned Icelandic ewe owned by Stefania
Dignum in Ontario, Canada. That ewe somehow managed to so
captivate me, that no other breed of sheep would ever do.
The book was well read and worn before my sheep arrived here,
and is still used to this day, even though the new...
Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep by Paula
Simmons and Carol Ekarius has now taken a place on the shelf
beside it. The new book has an expanded format and newer information
on medications. The part about sheep in the orchard mentions
that “you’ll find an occasional sheep with goatlike
habits, standing on its hind legs and nibbling the branches
and leaves of fruit trees”…warning, ALL Icelandics
will do this, they can eat a fruit tree in no time at all.
Both books have wonderful pictures of lambing positions and
shearing. I Xeroxed the shearing pictures and had them posted
in front of me when I first sheared here…I think it
Managing Your Ewe and Her Newborn Lambs by
Laura Lawson. I love this book and always have it close by
during lambing season. It has saved the life of more than
one lamb here. It is easy to use, practical, and very helpful.
I highly recommend this book for anyone breeding sheep. Laura
has also written a book called...
Beginning Shepherd’s Manual which is
co-authored by Dr. Gerald Kennedy, Barbara Smith & Mark
Aseltine. This book covers the “sheep year” and
is written in a clear, easily understood format.
Dr. Kennedy wrote the chapters on sheep health. He has vast
experience with his own sheep and is one of the veterinarians
in the practice at Pipestone Veterinary Clinic in Minnesota.
They not only sell a wide array of Vet/Sheep supplies at www.pipevet.com
but have a wealth of information in their catalogue. I often
use the catalogue itself as a reference. They also answer
questions at this number if you can’t find an answer
in a book, it is a place to call INFORMATION NUMBER: 
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (CST)
The Sheep Book: A Handbook for the Modern Shepherd
by Ron Parker was updated in 2001 and is a very
helpful resource with current and pertinent information, and
good lists. I find it helpful and entertaining reading. The
forward was by Garrison Keillor, of A Prairie Home Companion
fame. The author has raised sheep for many years and offers
personal experiences and insight .
Veterinary Book for Sheep Farmers By David C. Henderson,
DVM is a big fat vet book written in the UK, but is very useful
here in North America. It has lots of pictures and is written
at a level that the average person can find helpful. Dr. Henderson
has years of personal experience with his own sheep and writes
from a knowledgeable and compassionate perspective. www.diamondfarm.com
There are other books here on the bookshelf that I will
share but these are the ones that look well worn and I find
I turn to most often.