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A Chicken in Every Yard
by Robert Litt, Hannah Litt

Got a little space and a hankering for fresh eggs?

Robert and Hannah Litt have dispensed advice to hundreds of urban and suburban chicken-keepers from behind their perch at Portland’s Urban Farm Store, and now they’re ready to help you go local and sustainable with your own backyard birds. In this handy guide to breeds, feed, coops, and care, the Litts take you under their experienced wings and share the secrets to:

Picking the breeds that are right for you
• Building a sturdy coop in one weekend for $100
• Raising happy and hearty chicks
• Feeding your flock for optimal health and egg nutrition
• Preventing and treating common chicken diseases
• Planning ahead for family, neighborhood, and legal considerations
• Whipping up tasty egg recipes from flan to frittata

With everything that first-timers will need to get started—along with expert tips for more seasoned keepers—this colorful, nuts-and-bolts manual proves that keeping chickens is all it’s cracked up to be.

Pub. Date: March 2011 Publisher: Ten Speed Press Format: Hardcover , 208pp

Price: $19.99

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Price: $4.00

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Beef Cattle: Keeping a Small-Scale Herd
by Ann Larkin Hansen

Few things are as satisfying as raising livestock for food or to graze your pastures as "nature's lawnmowers." Seasoned handlers and beginners alike will benefit from Beef Cattle, a hands-on guide to feeding, handling, and raising a small herd. With helpful tips, full-color photos, and a comprehensive glossary, this book offers everything a small-scale farmer needs to succeed. From meadow to market! Choose the breed that's best for your farm, Construct practical fencing and shelter, Keep your herd healthy with a nutritious diet, Nurture purchased calves or breed your own, Spot symptoms of common cattle diseases, Produce hormone-free beef for your family and friends, Explore cattle resources and Web sites.

Publisher: Bowtie Pub. Date: May 2006 ISBN-13: 9781931993685 160pp Series: Hobby Farm Series

Price: $14.95

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Dairy Freestall: Housing and Equipment

Dairy Freestall explains all aspects of designing, constructing, and maintaining freestall dairy facilities. Detailed building plans and tables of technical information abound.

Chapter 1 comprises a data summary in tables of primary information. Also considered are housing dry cows and designing commodity storages and silos.

Bulleted summaries in subsequent chapters make reading and reference easy.

2000, 136 pp., 8 1/2 x 11, illus., softcover, ISBN 0-89373-095-5

Price: $20.00

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Price: $24.95

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Fundamentals of Beef Management
Author: Daniel J. Drake

This handy guide was developed specifically for small-scale operations, and includes everything you need to know to get started in the beef cattle business. You'll find it helpful not only if you are new to the beef cattle business, but also if you have been away from the business for an extended time.

Chapters discuss:
• Beef breeds - to help you select breed characteristics that best match your environment, economic situation, and production goals
• Equipment for handling cattle and corrals
• Fencing needs - including descriptions of basic designs and construction materials
• Truck and trailer design considerations, tips for safe transportation, information on shrinkage, and legal requirements associated with transporting cattle
• Health and management of your livestock, including dehorning and castration, cattle identification, general animal health, identification and treatment of internal and external parasites, and reproduction
• Range and irrigated pasture management
• Animal nutrition and feeds that meet nutritional requirements of various classes of cattle
• Calving
• Carcass traits and how they affect the value of the beef you produce
• Record keeping, marketing, and economics, key aspects of a successful beef cattle operation
• Regulations relating to land use and zoning ordinances, waste disposal, livestock identification, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act

Four appendixes, a glossary, and an index round out the manual and also provide more specialized information that will help keep you abreast of trends and changes in the industry.

Publication Number: 3495 Inventory Type: Paperback Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1-879906-73-0 Copyright Date: 2006 Length: 140 pp.

Price: $18.00

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Goat Science and Production
Sandra G. Solaiman

Goat Science and Production presents comprehensive, state-of-the-art information on the science of goats and goat production for meat, dairy, and fiber. Chapters provide a fundamental understanding of the goat anatomy and physiology as well production issues such as welfare, disease management, and feeding. Goat Science and Production is an essential introduction and reference to this increasingly important production animal.

ISBN: 978-0-8138-0936-6 Hardcover 440 pages March 2010, Wiley-Blackwell

Price: $129.99

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Handbook for Raising Small Numbers of Sheep
Author: Edmond C. Loomis

This Third Edition of the handbook covers management, reproduction, nutrition, health, and wool quality. Also includes plans for barn and feeding equipment, and a glossary.

Publication Number: 21389 Inventory Type: Paperback Language: English Copyright Date: Rev. 2002 Length: 73 pp.

Price: $8.00

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Price: $22.95

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Price: $13.00

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