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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: $14.98
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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: $9.98
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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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Pocketful of Poultry: Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese
by Carol Ekarius

Poultry in a pocket-size book? Why not, when the birds in question are neatly corralled into an appealing little volume, just right for gift giving, easy browsing, or tucking into a bag or pocket for quick reference at a poultry show or auction.

More than 100 poultry pals show their amazing colors in full-page images that capture their good looks and lively personalities. Intricate feather patterns, imposing crests and wattles, and grinning beaks are just a few of their appealing features. From laying hens to heritage turkeys to adorable ducks, here are all the common barnyard favorites, plus rare breeds from around the world.

Facing each poultry portrait is an informational page offering facts about the breed and a handy at-a-glance reference bar identifying the type of poultry (chicken, turkey, duck, goose), its primary use (laying, meat, game, or ornamental bird), and its conservation status. Breeders, enthusiasts, and anyone who has ever paused to admire a handsome chicken will be delighted by the photographs and enlightened by the breed profiles in Pocketful of Poultry.

Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc. Pub. Date: August 2007 ISBN-13: 9781580176774 272pp

Price: $5.98
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Reproduction in Farm Animals, 7th Edition
by E. S. E. Hafez, B. Hafez

When you're looking for a comprehensive and reliable text on large animal reproduction, look no further! the seventh edition of this classic text is geared for the undergraduate student in Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine.

In response to reader feedback, Dr. Hafez has streamlined and edited the entire text to remove all repetitious and nonessential material. That means you'll learn more in fewer pages.

Plus the seventh editing is filled with features that help you grasp the concepts of reproduction in farm animals so you'll perform better on exams and in practice:

* condensed and simplified tables, so they're easier to consult
* an easy-to-scan glossary at the end of the book
* an expanded appendix, which includes graphic illustrations of assisted reproduction technology

Plus, you'll find valuable NEW COVERAGE on all these topics:

* Equine Reproduction: expanded information reflecting today's knowledge
* Llamas (NEW CHAPTER)
* Micromanipulation of Gametes and In Vitro Fertilization (NEW CHAPTER!)

Reach for the text that's revised with the undergraduate in mind: the seventh edition of Hafez's Reproduction in Farm Animals.

Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated Pub. Date: April 2000 ISBN-13: 9780683305777 509pp Edition Description: REV Edition Number: 77

Price: $74.99
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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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Storey's Guide to Raising Rabbits
by Bob Bennett

Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits is as essential to the owner of pet rabbits as it is to the farmer raising rabbits for meat or fur. Breed selection, year-round care and feeding, safe housing, humane handling, and disease prevention and treatment are all addressed.

The 4th edition, with 264,000 copies in print, contains new and expanded features:

• Guidelines for showing
• Updated breed guide photographs
• Tips and advice on marketing

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: "After reading your book I was so excited, I hopped right into raising rabbits!" - Sam, Walla Walla, WA

Publisher: Storey Books Pub. Date: November 25, 2009 ISBN-13: 9781603424561 256pp Edition Description: Revised Edition Number: 4

Price: $14.98
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Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep
by Carol Ekarius, Paula Simmons

Storey’s Guide to Raising Sheep has earned the praise and trust of sheep farmers around the world, with its in-depth coverage of breed selection, lambing, feeding, housing, pasture maintenance, and disease prevention and treatment.

The new 4th edition, now with 253,000 copies in print contains new and expanded features:

• Guidelines for organic certification
• Tips and advice on Web marketing and networking
• Coverage of rare breeds, including photographs

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: "As first-time shepards, my husband and I found ourselves referring to your book over and over again. We have several other publications but yours was far superior in covering all topics most thoroughly." - Linda, Sumner, WA

Publisher: Storey Books Pub. Date: November 25, 2009 ISBN-13: 9781603424592 448pp Edition Description: Revised Edition Number: 4

Price: $19.95
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The Chicken Health Handbook
by Gail Damerow

Packed with relevant information for all breeds and ages, this book covers nutrition, disease, immunity, and anatomy. Written for the chicken fancier and nonspecialist.

Author Gail Damerow lives in Gainesboro, Tennessee, and operates a small-scale farm raising chickens and other farm animals. She has raised chickens since 1970 when she bought her first home, which "came with chickens."

Publisher: Storey Books Pub. Date: January 1994 ISBN-13: 9780882666112 352pp

Price: $14.98
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