"The Tropical Agriculturalist" is a series of practical field guides and textbooks for: producers, farmers and farm managers; agricultural extension officers; agricultural diploma, degree and vocational students; teachers and lecturers; senior secondary students, as reference books; and adult education, rural and community development programmes. This revised edition of "Sheep" is an updated and comprehensive guide to sheep keeping and production in a variety of farming systems in tropical zones. In these areas sheep are especially valuable, converting grasses and other indigestable feedstuffs into human food and other products. Sheep are also a "low-risk" livestock investment, providing a ready source of cash when needed. This illustrated book is written in an accessible style and offers clear, practical advice on breeding, nutrition and health as well as on the produciton of meat, milk, wool and skins.
Importance and characteristics of sheep; sheep production systems; breeds and breeding; feeding; reproduction and lamb rearing; health; routine husbandary, housing and equipment; growth and meat production; wool, pelt and skin production; milk production. Appendix: sheep population of tropical countries.