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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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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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Farmstead and Artisan Cheeses
There is nothing like taking fresh, sweet milk and turning it into a lovely wheel of nutty, aged Gouda or a wonderful, tangy chèvre with herbs—but can you make a living as a cheesemaker?

Navigating the start-up of any business is hard work, but cheesemaking has its own special challenges. While many other publications address cheesemaking itself, this new manual walks you, as a beginning cheesemaker, through the steps necessary to decide if cheesemaking as a business is right for you.

Chapters cover:

•Evaluating your resources
•Building a business plan
•Plant layout and design
•Designing your marketing strategy
•Risk management

Outstanding reviews for Farmstead and Artisan Cheeses

This is the absolute go-to source for everything related to starting a small scale creamery. Creating a delicious and award winning cheese is a sojourn but creating a successful small business is the true test. This is the necessary guide for creating a solid business plan and strategy that will endure, evolve and win.—David Gremmel, Rogue Creamery, Chairman, American Cheese Society, and Ambassador, Guilde Internationale des Fromagers

This essential, unique, and comprehensive book explains how to launch a cheesemaking business . . . nowhere else will one find such useful worksheets and links to key sources needed for success. Sure wish it had been available when I started my cheese business.—Jennifer Bice, Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery

Barbara Reed's new book fills an important niche in the artisan cheese literature. Making great cheese is not enough. Barbara's book tells you everything else that must be considered in order to have a sustainable business. It's a valuable resource for anyone contemplating a start up artisan cheese business.—Mike Gingrich, Uplands Cheese Co.,Dodgeville, WI

This new publication is required reading for any aspiring small-scale cheesemaker. Although several books exist on the technical aspects of cheese production, to date very little has been written about the business side of developing a creamery. The style of the book is approachable and pragmatic, citing case studies and the experience of individual businesses cheesemakers.—Kate Arding, Co-founder Culture Magazine, Cheesemonger, and Cheese Consultant

Barbara Reed was a “go-to” expert whenever we had a difficult cheese question needing an answer. Her book explores the true complexities involved in combining a passion for creating a unique American cheese with the realities of operating a successful and profitable business. This book will help anyone who might be interested in taking the dream of making great cheese to the reality of a creating a successful and joyful business endeavor.—Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, Tomales Bay Foods & Cowgirl Creamery

Price: $28.00

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Folks, This Ain't Normal
by Joel Salatin

From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In FOLKS, THIS AIN'T NORMAL, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact.

Salatin, hailed by the New York Times as "Virginia's most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson [and] the high priest of the pasture" and profiled in the Academy Award nominated documentary Food, Inc. and the bestselling book The Omnivore's Dilemma, understands what food should be: Wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life. And his message doesn't stop there. From child-rearing, to creating quality family time, to respecting the environment, Salatin writes with a wicked sense of humor and true storyteller's knack for the revealing anecdote.

Salatin's crucial message and distinctive voice-practical, provocative, scientific, and down-home philosophical in equal measure-make FOLKS, THIS AIN'T NORMAL a must-read book

ISBN-13: 9780892968190 Publisher: Center Street Publication date: 10/10/2011 Pages: 384 Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Price: $25.99

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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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Storey's Guide to Raising Beef Cattle
by Heather Smith Thomas

Storey’s Guide to Raising Beef Cattle is the go-to reference for new and experienced cattle ranchers, providing expert advice on everything from breed selection, calving, feeding, and housing, to humane handling and slaughter practices.

The 3rd edition, now with 125,000 copies in print contains new and expanded features:

• Up-to-the-minute coverage of diseases and vaccination options
• Complete information on raising grass-fed animals
• How to identify and deal with toxic pasture plants

Storey's Guide to Raising Series is the essential animal husbandry information from the trusted source. With a combined total of 1.7 million copies in print.

Praise for the book: "I found your book to be the Bible for raising beef cattle, and will continue to refer to it while running our 160-head organic beef operation." - Jonathan, Plainfield, IN

Publisher: Storey Books Pub. Date: November 25, 2009 ISBN-13: 9781603424547 352pp Edition Description: Revised Edition Number: 3

Price: $19.95

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Storey's Guide to Raising Horses
by Heather Smith Thomas

This complete reference for the horse owner includes full coverage of such essential topics as feeding and nutrition, foot care, disease prevention, dental care and mouth problems, keeping a stallion, selecting breeding stock, foaling, care of the young horse, and more. The newest addition to our popular Guide To Raising series.

Publisher: Storey Books Pub. Date: January 2010 ISBN-13: 9781603424714 528pp Edition Description: Revised Edition Number: 2

Price: $19.95

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