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Storey's Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep, Goats, Cattle and Pigs: 163 Breeds from Common to Rare - Carol Ekarius

Storey's Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep, Goats, Cattle and Pigs: 163 Breeds from Common to Rare

Author: Carol Ekarius
Book title: Storey's Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep, Goats, Cattle and Pigs: 163 Breeds from Common to Rare
ISBN: 1603420363
ISBN13: 978-1603420365
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (September 10, 2008)
Language: English
Category: Photography & Video
Rating: 4.5/5
Votes: 659
Pages: 320 pages
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From the large-tailed Karakul sheep to the floppy-eared Gloucestershire Old Spot pig, North America is home to an extraordinary array of livestock. Comprehensive, colorful, and captivating, Storey’s Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep, Goats, Cattle, and Pigs features full-color profiles of 163 livestock breeds. Whether you’re looking for a gentle domestic backyard animal or are hoping to introduce a rare heritage breed on your farm, you’re sure to find an animal that’s perfect for your needs.

Reviews: (7)
It's about time that a nice & complete book like this on 99.9% of sheep, goat, cattle and pig breeds (that even I can afford!) has came out. As an avid hobby farmer, I used to long for a complete guide with color photos on all the livestock breeds. Finally, Carol Ekarius has gave us a book dedicated to the characteristics, original purposes and the origins of each featured livestock breed.

This book has really nice real photos (not drawings!) of all the included breeds. Also included by the photo's are details of the breed origin, breed purpose, the various color combinations, standards of the breed, conservation status and any special qualities that the featured breed might have.

Last but, not least Ms. Ekarius included a very well researched Resource index of breed registries, livestock magazines and a glossary. If you buy this book (which I suggest) you will find 319 pages printed on nice glossy, flexible paper stock. This isn't the usual small black & white Storey's guide book!

The only thing I could find fault with in this book is that on certain breeds (like Limousin) I would've liked more photographs. Tho, I'm sure room wise this may not have been possible.

Carol Ekarius besides being a wonderful writer is also donating a portion of her proceeds from this book to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy!
A great introduction to a wide variety of breeds. But I wish it had offered a little more information regarding information one might want to consider in choosing a breed to raise. There is little to nothing about temperament, keeping or drawbacks of most breeds other than passing mentions of "hardiness", keeping well on pasture or docility on a few breeds. It is mainly a short, historical introduction to each breed. So if you're wanting a detailed profile on a variety of livestock to help you select a breed that might fit your situation, this isn't really a good choice for that. None the less, it is enjoyable to flip through and at least provides enough information to get you curious about some breeds.
This book was gotten for a child who is very interested in farm animals. This was perfect for her. The photographs are beautiful and show a variety of breeds for each species covered. The text also made interesting reading for her dad as well, who was also very interested in animal breeds when he was her age. Very happy with this purchase
I have spent many evenings reading this book. If you are a farm animal lover, as I am, I guarantee, you will be captivated! Even though I cannot own all these farm animals, reading this book takes me to another place for just a time, to experience the joy of them all! Love It!
Really well done and covers lots of breeds.
i was looking looking forward to receiving this book and i LOVE it. i just could not put it down and i'm still rereading much of it. we didn't have this much information on breeds, types, characteristics when i was in college. i know that new breeds in all classes of livestock are constantly being developed so no book could possibly have them all, but this book is a good reference now.
very good read
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