Raising Animals For Fiber: Producing Wool From Sheep, ...

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Item#: 9781620083246
Author Mclaughlin, Chris
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Fiber Animals for the Backyard and Hobby Farm Raising backyard fiber animals is rising in popularity, as more and more people seek traditional textiles for yarn-focused crafts like knitting, crocheting, and weaving, as well as spinning, em
oidery, needlepoint, needle felting, wet felting, and fiber dying. This book offers an essential reference for anyone who is considering their own production of animal fibers. Author and fiber farmer Chris McLaughlin provides a comprehensive introduction to raising livestock for wool. With practical information for the aspiring beginner, Chris helps you to decide which species will best serve your own lifestyle criteria and needs. Inside Raising Animals for Fiber - Comprehensive guide to raising sheep, goats, angora rabbits, and alpacas - Practical information on housing, fencing, feed, grooming, shearing, plucking, basic health care,
eeding and birthing. - Comparison of popular
eeds and how their fiber differs from
eed to
eed. - Frank discussion of the energy and commitment that it takes to raise livestock, and how much room and land each animal species will need. - Essential biosecurity practices to prevent spreading pests and infectious animal diseases. - Advice on hand spinning and crafts to utilize your homegrown fiber.

Short Description
Fiber farmer Chris McLaughlin offers a comprehensive guide to raising sheep, goats, angora rabbits, and alpacas for wool. With practical information on
eeds, housing, feed,
eeding, heath care, shearing, and more, Chris helps the reader to decide which species will best serve their lifestyle criteria and needs.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Joy of Keeping Small Livestock for Fiber: Why I Wrote this Book • Introduction to Fiber Farming (Including the Truth) • The Backyard and Beyond • A Word About Health Guidance in this Book • Other Ways to Enjoy Your Fiber Animals Chapter 2: Why Sheep Might Be Your Thing • Choosing a Breed • About Sheep Wool • Housing & Fencing • Feeding • Basic Health Care • Tips on Wool Care • Breeding & Lambing • Lamb Care • Shearing *Boxed Sidebar -- Sheep Lingo/Terminology * Boxed Sidebar -- Heritage and Endangered Sheep Breeds *Boxed Sidebar - Domestic VS. Wild Sheep * Boxed Sidebar -- Sheep First Aid Kit Chapter 3: Why Goats Might be Your Thing • Choosing a Breed • About Mohair • About Cashmere • Housing & Fencing • Feeding • Basic Health Care • Tips on Coat Care • Breeding & Kidding • Kid Care • Shearing *Boxed Sidebar -- Goat Lingo/Terminology *Boxed Sidebar -- Goat First Aid Kit *Boxed Sidebar - The Difference Between Goats and Sheep Chapter 4: Why Angora Rabbits Might Be Your Thing • Choosing a Breed • About Angora Wool • Housing • Feeding • Basic Health Care • Tips on Angora Wool Care • Breeding & Kindling • Kit Care • Clipping and Plucking * Boxed Sidebar -- Rabbit Lingo/Terminology * Boxed Sidebar -- Domestic VS. Wild Rabbits *Boxed Sidebar - Rabbit First Aid Kit Chapter 5: Why Alpacas Might be Your Thing • Choosing a Breed • About Alpaca Fleece • Housing & Fencing • Feeding • Basic Health Care • Tips on Coat Care • Breeding & Birthing • Cria Care • Shearing * Boxed Sidebar -- Alpaca Lingo/Terminology *Boxed Sidebar - Alpaca First Aid Kit Chapter 6: Congratulations, You're a Fiber Farmer! • Best Biosecurity Practices for Your Farm • Hand Spinning Fibers • Endless Fiber Crafts