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List of References

There are many books and other references on sheep and goat production and related topics. On this page, references are listed alphabetically according to topic: business and marketing, dairy, genetics and reproduction, goats, management, meat and carcass, miscellaneous, pasture and grazing, recipes, shearing, sheep, veterinary and health, wool, and youth. Unless otherwise noted, most of these references can be purchased from or similar web sites. Companies that sell sheep and goat supplies usually have books to sell. Some books may be available for check-out at local libraries or purchase from local book stores. Some books may be available for electronic download. Contact Susan Schoenian at to suggest or recommend additional resources. [I have put an * after resources that I recommend. . . Susan Schoenian].

Business & Marketing

Building a Sustainable Business (2003)
by University of Minnesota

Farm Business Management (2010)
by Peter L. Nuthall

The Legal Guide to Direct Farm Marketing (1999)
by Neil D. Hamilton

The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook (2009)
by Richard Wiswall

Starting and Running Your Own Small Farm Business (2008)
by Sarah Beth Aubrey


Dairy Sheep Nutrition (2004)
Edited by Giuseppe Pulina

Practical Sheep Dairying (1989)
Author: Olivia Mills
Publisher: Harper Collins

Principles of Sheep Dairying in North America [CD-ROM]
University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension Services
Buy from University of Wisconsin

Raising Milk Goats the Modern Way (1990)
Author: Jerry Belanger
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC

Raising Milk Goats Successfully (1986)
Author: Gail Luttmann
Publisher: Williamson Publishing Company

Sheep's Milk Cheeses (2010)
by Books LLC

The Small Dairy Resource Book (2000)
by Vicki Dunaway

The Smallstead Creamery Advisor (2010)
by Gianaclis Caldwell

Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats (2000)
Authors: Jerome and Jerry Belanger
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC

Genetics & Reproduction

Controlled Reproduction in Sheep and Goats (1997)
Editor: Ian Gordon
Publisher: CABI

The Genetics of Sheep (1997)
Editor: Laurie Piper
Publisher: CABI
Breeding Sheep Stud (2008)
Author: Murray Long
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

Genetic Improvement of Cattle and Sheep (2000)
Author: Geoff Simm
Publisher: CABI

Reproduction in Domestic Ruminants V (2003)
Edited by BK Campbell, R Webb, H Dobson and C Doberska

Three Twice-a-Year Breeding Schedules in Four Breeds of Sheep (2010)
by Akin Pala


Angora Goat and Mohair Production (1993)
by Maurice Shelton

Angora Goats the Northern Way 5th edition (2005)
Author: Susan Black Drummond
Publisher: Stony Lonesome Farm

The Angora Goat: Its History, Management, and Diseases (1999)
Author: Stephanie Mitchum
Publisher: Crane Creek Publications

Complete Idiot's Guide to Raising Goats (2011)
Author: Ellie Winslow
Publisher: Alpha

Farming Meat Goats (2005)
Author: Barbara Vincent
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

The Field Guide to Goats (2009)
Author: Cheryl Kimball
Publisher: Voyageur Press

Goats: A Guide to Management (1995)
Author: Patricia Ross
Publisher: Crowood Press

Goatkeeping 101 2nd edition (1999)
by Caprine Supply Company

Goat Farming (1992)
Author: Alan Mowlem
Publisher: Diamond Farm Book Publications

Goat Husbandry 5th edition (1996)
Author: David Mackenzie
Publisher: Faber and Faber

Goat Science and Production (2010)
Author: Sandra G. Solaiman
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Goats: Small-Scale Herding for Pleasure and Profit (2006)
Author: Sue Weaver
Publisher: Hobby Farm Press

How to Raise Goats (2009)
Author: Carol Amundson
Publisher: Voyageur Press

Meat Goat Production Handbook (2007) *
by Langston University
2nd edition is in press
Buy from Langston University

Meat Goat Production and Marketing DVD (2005)
by Tony Nye, Ohio State University Extension

Meat Goats (1994)
by Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

The Meat Goats of Caston Creek (2007)
Author: Sylvia Tomlinson
Publisher: Redbud Publishing Company

Meat Goats: Their History, Management and Diseases (2000)
Author: Stephanie Mitchum
Publisher: Crane Creek Publications

The New Goat Handbook (1989)
by Ulrich Jaudas and Matthew M. Vriends

Practical Angora Goat Raising [Kindle edition] (2010)
Publisher: Quality Classics

Practical Goat Keeping (2001)
Author: Alan Mowlem
Publisher: Crowood Press

Raising Goats for Dummies (2010)
Author: Cheryl K. Smith
Publisher: For Dummies

Raising Goats: Easy Guide to Raising and Caring for Goats
[Kindle edition]
Author: anonymous

Raising Goats for Milk and Meat
by Heifer Project International

Raising Meat Goats for Profit (1999)
Author: Gail B. Bowman
Publisher: Bowman Communications

Pygmy Goats: Management and Veterinary Care (1996)
by Lorrie Boldrick and Lydia Hale

Storey's Guide to Raising Meat Goats, 2nd edition (2010)
Author: Maggie Sayer
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC


Flock Management Guide [3 RING BINDER]
by Premier1Supplies

Goat Breeding and Kid Rearing [VIDEO]
by Dr. and Mrs. John Matthews

Goat Health and Husbandry [VIDEO]
by Dr. and Mrs. John Matthews

Goats: A Guide to Management (1995)
by Patricia Ross

Humane Livestock Handling (2008)
Author: Temple Grandin
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC

Lamb Problems: Detecting, Diagnosing, and Treating (1996) *
Author: Laura Lawson
Publisher: T D F Publishing

Lamb Survival DVD
by David C. Henderson
Publisher: Diamond Back Book Publishers

Management Guidelines for Efficient Sheep Production (1993)
by G.E. Rickets
Publisher: North Central Regional Extension
Download from HERE

Managing Your Ewe (1997) *
Author: Laura Lawson
Publisher: T D F Publishing

Manual of Lambing Techniques (2003)
Auhors: Agnes C. Winter and Cicely W. Hill
Publisher: Crowood Press

Organic Livestock Handbook (2004)
Edited by Anne Macy
Buy from Acres USA

Sheep Housing and Equipment Handbook (1994) *
Authors: Harvey J. Hirning, Tim C. Faller, and Karl J. Hoppe
Publisher: Midwest Plan Service

Sheep training videos [VIDEO]
Download from Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center

Meat & Carcass

Evaluation of Carcass and Meat Quality in Cattle and Sheep (2007)
EAAP Publication. Edited by C. Lazzaroni, S. Gigli, and D. Gabina

Home Butchering and Meat Preservation (1986)
by Geeta Dardick
Publisher: Tab Books

How to Butcher Livestock and Game (2007)
by Paul Peacock
Publisher: Good Life Press

Humane (Halal) On-farm Slaughter of Sheep and Goats [POSTER] (2003)
by Northeast Sheep and Goat Marketing Program
Download from

Meat Goat Selection, Carcass Evaluation, and Fabrication Guide (2007)
by Louisiana State University
Download, order, or purchase from Louisiana State University

Practice Lamb Carcass Judging [DVD]
Buy from eNasco

Quality and Grading of Carcasses of Meat Animals (1995)
by S. Morgan Jones

Miscellaneous Topics

Beautiful Sheep: Portraits of Champion Breeds (2008)
by Kathryn Dun
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Behind Chained Gates (2004)
by Moira Linaker
Publisher: Hayloft Publishing

Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short Story of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese (2009)
by Brad Kessler
Publisher: Scribner

Mad Sheep: The True Story Behind the USDA's War on a Family Farm (2006)
by Linda Faillace

Sheep: Life on the South Dakota Range (1993)
by Archer B. Gilfillan
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press

Sheep Wagon: Home on the Range (2001)
by Nancy Weidel
Publisher: High Plains Press

The Year of the Goat: 40,000 miles and the Quest for the Perfect Cheese (2007)
by Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz
Publisher: Lyons Press

Nutrition & Feeding

Basic Animal Nutrition and Feeding (2004)
Authors: Wilson Pond, David Church, Kevin Pond, and Patricia Schoknecht
Publisher: Wiley

Basic Livestock Nutrition [VIDEO]
Videotape training from C.H.I.P.S.

Dairy Goats, Feeding and Nutrition (2007)
by Antonello Cannas and Guiseppe Pulina

Diet for Wethers (2001)
Author: Carolyn Eddy
Publisher: Eagle Creek Packgoats

Livestock Feeds and Feeding 6th edition (2009)
Author: Richard Kellems and David Church
Publisher: Prentice Hall

Mineral Tolerance of Domestic Animals 2nd Rev. Edition (2005)
by Subcommittee on Mineral Toxicity in Animals
Publisher: National Academies Press

Nutrient Requirements of Goats: Angora, Dairy, and Meat Goats in Temperate and Tropical Countries (1981)
by National Research Council
Publisher: National Academies Press

Nutrient Requirements of Sheep Sixth Edition (1985)
by National Research Council
Publisher: National Academies Press

Nutrient Requirements of Small Ruminants: Sheep, Goats, Cervids, and New World Camelids (2007) *
Authors: Committee on the Nutrient Requirements of Small Ruminants, National Research Council
Publisher: National Academies Press

Sheep Nutrition (2002)
Edited by M. Freer and H. Dove
Publisher: CABI

Pasture & Grazing

All Flesh is Grass: Pleasures and Promises of Pasture Farming (2004)
Author: Gene Logsdon
Publisher: Swallow Press

Forage Identification [CD-ROM]
by Oregon State University
Purchase from Oregon State University

Forages: An Introduction to Grassland Agriculture (2003)
Editor: Robert F. Barnes
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Grasses: An Identification Guide (1992)
by Lauren Brown
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Grazing Management 2nd Edition (2006)
by John F. Vallentine
Publisher: Academic Press

Greener Pasture on Your Side of the Fence: Better Farming with Voisin Management-Intensive Grazing (1999)
by Bill Murphy
Publisher: Arriba Publications

More Sheep, More Grass, More Money (1997)
Author: Peter Schroeder
Publisher: Ramshead Publishing Ltd.

Pasture Management (1997)
Author: Rick Bickford
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann

Pasture Management Guide for Livestock Producers
Publisher: Iowa State University
Purchase from Iowa State Extension Online Store

Pasture Production and Management (1998)
Authors: J.M. Scott and J.V. Lovett
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann

Prevention of of Plant Poisonings in Livestock and Pets [CD-ROM]
Publisher: VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Buy from VA Tech.

Quality Pasture: How to Create It, Manage It & Profit from It (1995)
Author: Allan Nation
Publisher: Green Park Press

Small Scale Livestock Farming: A Grass-based Approach (1999)
Author: Carol Ekarius
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC

Southern Forages 4th Edition (2007) *
Authors: Don Ball, C .S. Hoveland, and G.D. Lacefield
Publisher: IPNI

Targeted Grazing Handbook (2006)
Publisher: American Sheep Industry Association (ASI)
Download from ASI


Getting Your Goat: The Gourmet Guide (2009)
Authors: Patricia Moore, Jill Charlotte Stanford, and Susan Koch
Publisher: Evertype

Goat: Meat, Milk, Cheese (2011)
Authors: Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori, and Chang

Lamb Lovers Cookbook (2012)
by Barbados Blackbelly Sheep Association International (BBSAI)
Available in print or Kindle edition


Sheep Shearing Techniques [VIDEO]
by Oster Professional Products

Sheep Shearing Equipment Maintenance [VIDEO]
by Oster Professional Products

Shearing [Poster]
by Premier Sheep Supplies
Purchase from Premier

Beginner's Shepherd Manual (1997)
by Barbara Smith, Mark Aseltine, and Gerald Kennedy
Publisher: Iowa State University

British Sheep Breeds (1999)
by Elizabeth Henson

Handbook for Raising Small Numbers of Sheep 3rd edition (rev. 2002)
Publisher: University of California Davis
Buy from UC-Davis.

How to Raise Sheep (2009)
Author: Philip Hasheider
Publisher: Voyageur Press

An Introduction to Keeping Sheep (1996)
Authors: Jane Upton and Dennis Soden
Publisher: Good Life Press

Living with Sheep: Everything You Need to
Know to Raise Your Own Flock (2005)
Authors: Geoff Hansen and Chuck Wooster
Publisher: Lyons Press

The Modern Shepherd (2002)
by Dave Brown and Sam Meadowcraft
Publisher: Farming Press

Practical Sheep Keeping (1998)
Author: Kim Cardell
Publisher: Crowood Press

Raising Healthy Sheep 2nd edition (2008)
Authors: Cleon Kimberling DVM and Gerilyn Parsons
Publisher: Christian Veterinary Mission

Raising Sheep the Modern Way (rev. 1993)
Author: Paula Simmons
Publisher: Garden Way Publishing/Storey Publishing, LLC

The Sheep Book: For Small Holders (2010)
Author: Tim Tyne
Publisher: Good Life Press

The Sheep Book:
Handbook for the Modern Shepherd, Revised and Updated (2001)
Authors: Ron Parker and Garrison Keillor (contributor)
Publisher: Swallow Press

Sheep for Beginners (2003)
Author: Nigel Woodrup
Publisher: Gold Cockerel Books

Sheep Production Handbook Volume 7 - includes CD-ROM (2002) *
by American Sheep Industry Association (ASI)
Purchase from ASI

Sheep Raisers Manual (1984)
Author: William K. Kruesi
Publisher: Williamson Publishing Company

Sheep: Everything About Housing, Care, Feeding, and Sicknesses/Special Chapter: Milking and What to Do With the Milk, Shearing and Processing the Wool (1989)
by Hans Alfred Muller et al.

Sheep and Wool Production (1998)
Authors: David Crean and Geoff Bastian
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann

Sheep and Wool Science, Production, and Management (1998)
Authors: M.P. Botkin, Ray Field, and C. Leroy Johnson
Publisher: Prentice Hall

Sheep and Goat Science 6th Edition (1998)
Author: M.E. Ensminger
Publisher: Prentice Hall

Sheep: Small Scale Sheep Keeping for Pleasure and Profit (2005)
by Sue Weaver
Publisher: Hobby Farm Press

Small Scale Sheep Keeping (1997)
by Jeremy Hunt
Publisher: Faber and Faber Non Fiction

Sheep Breeds Directory
Publisher: American Sheep Industry Association (ASI)
Purchase from ASI

Sheep Breeds [Poster]
by American Sheep Industry Association
Purchase from ASI

Showing Sheep: For Pleasure or Profit (2008)
Author: Sue Kendrick
Publisher: Good Life Press

Showing Sheep: Selecting, Raising, Fitting, and Showing Guide (1994)
Author: Laura Lawson
Publisher: LDF Publications

Storey's Barn Guide to Raising Sheep (2006) *
by Storey Publishing LLC
Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC

Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep (2000)
Authors: Paula Simmons and Carol Ekarius
Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC

Veterinary & Health
Diseases of the Goat (2009)
Author: John Matthews
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Diseases of Sheep (2007)
Editor: Ian Aitken
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Goat Health and Welfare: A Veterinary Guide (2006)
Author: David Harwood
Publisher: Crowood Press Ltd.

Goat Health Care (2009)
Author: Cheryl Smith
Publisher: Karmadillo Press

Goat Health Handbook (1983)
Author: Thomas R. Thedford, DVM
Publisher: Winrock International

Goats: Homeopathic Remedies (2004)
Author: George MacLeod
Publisher: C.W. Daniel Company

Goat Medicine (1994, 2nd edition 2009) *
Authors: Mary C. Smith and David M. Sherman
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

The Goatkeepers Veterinary Book (1999)
Author: Peter Dunn
Publisher: Diamond Farm Book Publications

Homeopathy in Organic Livestock Production (2010)
Author: Glen Dupree D.V.M.
Publisher: Acres USA

Keeping Livestock Healthy: A Veterinary Guide to Horses,
Cattle, Pigs, Goats & Sheep 4th edition (2001)
by N. Bruce Haynes and Robert F. Kahrs
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC

Living with worms in organic sheep (2008)
Publisher: Canadian Organic Growers, Inc.

Manual of Sheep Diseases (2002)
Authors: J.C. Hindson and Agnes Winter
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Merck Veterinary Manual 10th Edition (2010) *
Editors: Cynthia M. Kahn and Scott Line
Publisher: Merck

Natural Goat Care (2001)
Author: Pat Coleby
Publisher: Acres USA

Natural Sheep Care (2006)
Author: Pat Coleby
Publisher: Acres USA

Practical Lambing and Care: A Veterinary Guide (2004)
Authors: Andrew Eales, John Small, and Colin Macaldowie
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Producing Consumer Products from Sheep: The Sheep
Safety and Quality Assurance Program (1995)
by ASI and Colorado State University
Order from ASI.

Sheep Ailments: Recognition and Treatment (rev. 2001)
Author: Eddie Straiton (the original TV vet)
Publisher: Diamond Farm Book Publications

Sheep Disease Management 3rd edition (1994)
Author: Norman Gates
Publisher: News-Review Publishing Co.

Sheep and Goat Medicine (2001) *
Author: David C. Pugh
Publisher: Saunders

The Sheep Keeper's Veterinary Handbook (1999)
Authors: Judith Charnley and Agnes C. Winter
Publisher: Crowood Press

Sheep Medicine (2006)
by Philip R. Scott
Publisher: CRS Press

Small Ruminant Production Medicine and Management (2004) *
[3-Ring Binder and CD-ROM]
Authors: Cody Faerber, Lyle McNeal, Robert Harding, Kevin Hill, J.D. Bobb, Scott Horner, Jonathon Merriam, and S. Mario Durrant
Publisher: Animal Health Publications

The Veterinary Book for Sheep Farmers (2002) *
Author: David C. Henderson
Publisher: Diamond Farm Books Publications

Veterinary Medicine: A Textbook of the Diseases of Cattle, Sheep, Pigs, Goats and Horses 9th Edition (2000)
by O.M. Radostits, C. Gay, D. Blood, and K. Hindchchiff

Veterinary Guide for Animal Owners (2001)
by C.E. Spaulding and Jackie Clay
Publisher: Rodale Press

Veterinary Drug Handbook (Pocket Edition) (2002)
by Donald C. Plumb
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Veterinary Clinical Parasitology 8th edition (2012) *
Edited by Anne Zajac
Publisher: Wiley-Blackbell

Veterinary Parasitology Reference Manual (2001)
by William Foreyt
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

In Sheep's Clothing: A Handspinner's Guide to Wool (2003)
by Nola Fournier and Jan Fournier

The Field Guide To Fleece: 100 Sheep Breeds & How to Use Their Fibers (2013) *
by Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson
Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC

Turning Wool Into a Cottage Industry (1991)
by Paula Simmons

Wool: Science and Technology (2002)
by W.S. Simpson and Geoff Crawshaw

Goat Resource Handbook *
Publisher: The Ohio State University
Buy from Ohio State University

National 4-H Curriculm - Sheep
Lambs, Rams, and You; Shear Delight; Leading the Flock; Sheep Helper's Guide; Lamb Pattern
Buy from 4-H Cooperative Curriculum System

National 4-H Curriculum - Meat Goats (2003)
Just Browsing, Growing Meat Goats, Meating the Future, Meat Goat Helper's Guide, Kid Pattern
Buy from 4-H Cooperative Curriculum System

National 4-H Curriculum - Dairy Goats
Getting Your Goat, Stepping Out, Showing the Way, Dairy Goat Helper's Guide
Buy from 4-H Cooperative Curriculum System

Sheep Reporter (rev. 2007)
by American Sheep Industry Association (ASI)
Purchase from ASI

Sheep Resource Handbook for Market and Breeding Projects *
Publisher: The Ohio State University
Buy from Ohio State University

Your Goats: A Kid's Guide to Raising and Showing (1993)
Author: Gail Damerow
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC

Your Sheep: A Kid's Guide to Raising and Showing (1992)
Authors: Paula Simmons and Darrell Salsbury
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC

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