If you have a small homestead and are wanting to raise some kind of livestock, consider sheep or goats. Sheep are especially good animals for the small property owner, because you can raise 5-7 ewes and their lambs on the same amount land as one cow and calf. Likewise, goats can be kept on just a few acres of land and provide sweet milk and low-fat meat for the urban homesteader. Both animals are relatively inexpensive to raise, and you can have a good-sized flock relatively quickly. Begin your journey to your own personal flock by reading some of the books the Library owns.
Storey’s Guide to Raising Sheep provides information on breed selection, lambing, feeding, housing, pasture maintenance, and disease prevention and treatment. It also includes chapters on raising and training herding dogs, managing predators, and showing sheep.
The Joy of Keeping Goats includes information on buying and feeding goats, goat health, and goat breeding. Also included are chapters on making goat cheese and keeping fiber goats.
For these books and more, come to the Library’s Pets Neighborhood.