Living with Sheep

“Beautifully illustrated with color photos, this is the single best book on keeping sheep.”


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Visiting local farms over a year’s time, I spent time following sheep and their offspring through the seasons to do the photography for Living with Sheep. It was a challenge and pleasure to capture sheep on film as they go through their days.
Thanks to the sheep farmers who were generous with their time and their flocks; Linda and Tuthill Doane, John Lenihan, Barbara and Bob Mathewson, Jennifer Megyesi and Kyle Jones, Sarah Taylor and Matt Dunne, John O’Brien, Steve Wetmore and Marian White. And thanks to butchers Tom Eaton and Clint Hill, shearer Andy Rice and the curious kids who I met at the Tunbridge World’s Fair. To Chuck Wooster, for his unwavering enthusiasm and diligence in writing this book. To editor Ann Treistman, for whom I owe many thanks for her ongoing support and thoughtfulness. — Geoff Hansen

From the Lyons Press catalog: “Why sheep? Because sheep have lambs. Because sheep are soft and fuzzy and can’t kill you with a kick or a butt. Because sheep are easy companions who require little beyond understanding. Because the wool sheep produce so copiously can be used for everything from sweaters to comforters to felt slippers to home insulation. Because waking to the gentle sound of sheep mowing the grass under your window will improve your opinion of lawn mowing. Because a flock of sheep will convert your scraggly ‘back 40’ into a lovely greensward.
Because a leg of lamb stuffed with garlic and rosemary and slowly roasted in your kitchen on a winter’s afternoon will bring you to the apex of culinary achievement. And because, finally, as you sit in the hay on a spring morning with a warm, dry lamb sleeping in your arms and a watchful ewe breathing in your ear and knickering in the back of her throat to comfort her little fellow, you’ll realize that you’ve grown unwilling to live without sheep.
With its gorgeous, full-color photographs and information on everything from feeding to raising lambs to gathering wool, Living With Sheep is the ultimate guide to sheep.”

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