By Paula Simmons

Storey’s advisor to elevating Sheep has earned the compliment and belief of sheep farmers all over the world, with its in-depth insurance of breed choice, lambing, feeding, housing, pasture upkeep, and ailment prevention and treatment.

The new 4th version, now with 253,000 copies in print, includes new and multiplied features:
• instructions for natural certification
• counsel and recommendation on net advertising and marketing and networking
• insurance of infrequent breeds, together with photographs

Storey's consultant to elevating sequence is the basic animal husbandry details from the depended on resource. With a mixed overall of 1.7 million copies in print.

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"As first-time shepherds, my husband and that i came across ourselves relating your ebook again and again. now we have numerous different guides yet yours was once some distance greater in overlaying all issues such a lot thoroughly." - Linda, Sumner, WA

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Coopworths were first imported to North America in the 1970s and have proved to be excellent foragers on lush pastures. The wool is lustrous, very strong, soft, curly, and thick like carpet wool. It is well suited to felting. Breeding and Breeds COLUMBIA C O O P WO R T H 53 54 Breeding and Breeds Cormo Cormos are smaller than Columbias and Rambouillets (see page 78) but yield 70 to 73 percent clean-weight, fine fleece under range conditions and have a high-yielding carcass. The fleece is very uniform and therefore valuable to industry.

Although the USDA imported some Barbados in 1904, they were used for crossbreeding, and their pure bloodlines were soon diluted. But several years ago some breeders began selecting again for the Barbados traits, and the Ministry of Agriculture in Barbados gave some purebred sheep to North Carolina State University for research. The American Blackbelly is a sheep derived by crossing the naturally polled Barbados with mouflon sheep, Dorsets, and Merinos in order to produce a large-horned, muscular sheep for hunting.

Columbias have medium wool in the 50s to 60s range that is predominantly about 56s. It has light shrinkage and makes excellent, all-white fleece for handspinning. Coopworth Coopworths were developed in the 1950s at Lincoln College in New Zealand by crossing Border Leicesters with Romneys (see page 82), and the breed has unusually strict registration requirements. Performance recording is mandatory, with emphasis placed on multiple births and high weaning weights. The breed is very docile, but this makes them more susceptible to predators, so they are best raised under farm conditions, rather than on range operations.

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