Whether you want to raise goats for their milk and fiber or keep them as pets or companion animals, this book covers all the essentials. You’ll learn how to choose the right goats for your needs and space, house and feed them, keep them healthy, and train them to do simple tricks, pull and drive carts, and serve as pack goats. You’ll also learn how to milk, shear, breed, raise newborn kids, and more. The Backyard Goat makes it easy to enjoy the benefits of owning goats, with no experience necessary.
Imagine a weekend breakfast featuring eggs, bacon, and honey from your own chickens, pigs, and bees. Or a holiday meal with your own heritage-breed turkey as the main attraction. With The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals, even urban and suburban residents can successfully raise chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, rabbits, goats, sheep, cows, pigs, and honey bees. It’s easier than you think, and it can be done on small plots of land. This essential guide covers everything from selecting the right breeds to producing delicious fresh milk, cheese, honey, eggs, and meat. Whether you want to be more self-sufficient, save money, or just enjoy safer, healthier, more delicious animal products, you’ll find all the information you need in The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals.
Increase your self-sufficiency and enjoy safer meat with superior flavor. Detailed instructions and easy-to-follow illustrations demystify slaughtering and butchering from start to finish. Covers beef, veal, venison, pork, lamb, and poultry and includes 30 recipes.
You can provide the day-to-day medical care required to keep your cattle healthy and thriving. Heather Smith Thomas, a rancher with decades of hands-on experience, addresses every medical situation likely to arise on a cattle ranch or dairy farm. In lively language that offers practical, easy-to-execute solutions, Thomas discusses preventive care and how to handle sick or stressed cattle. Her thorough coverage of diseases and disorders includes advice on how to treat:
• Bacterial, viral, and protozoal diseases
• Weather-related health problems
• Internal and external parasites
• Problems affecting every body system
• Nutritional deficiencies
• Poisonous health hazards
• Accidents and injuries
• And much more
Whether you are caring for a single dairy cow or a large beef herd, you can substantially reduce veterinary costs, increase the self-sufficiency of your operation, and improve the health of your animals.
From addled to wind egg, crossed beak to zygote, the terminology of everything chicken is demystified in The Chicken Encyclopedia, an illustrated A-to-Z reference that is both informative and entertaining. Chickophiles will find breed descriptions; definitions of common chicken conditions, situations, and behaviors; and much more. Whether it’s the differences among wry tail, split tail, and gamy tail; the meaning of hen feathered, forced molt, or quill feather; the characteristics of droopy wing; the content of granite grit; or the translation of a chicken’s alarm call, here are all the answers to every chicken question and quandary.
This must-have reference for the small-flock owner covers the problems and diseases common to chickens of all breeds and ages. Practical charts identify common symptoms and causes of disease, while an alphabetic listing of diseases provides advice on treatment.
Whether you keep a single-family milk cow or oversee a large herd, there is much to be gained by improving your knowledge of bovine pregnancies and deliveries. Your ability to effectively handle all types of calving situations is your best guarantee for the future health of your calves, your cows, and your farm.
Author Heather Smith Thomas has presided over thousands of calf births on her ranch. Her decades of hands-on experience will guide you through every situation likely to arrive before, during, and after calving — from routine births to nursing difficulties. It’s in your hands to give your calves the healthiest start possible!
“If experience is the best teacher, then Heather is the ideal person to write a how-to book on calving.”
— Kyle Haley, editor of Limousin World
“Heather Smith Thomas is one of the livestock industry’s top ‘how-to’ authors. She’s a working ranch owner who lives the long days and the hard work of ranch life, and her writing is chock full of firsthand insight and copious practical detail presented in easy-to-follow layman’s language. This book is another great addition to her impressive body of work.”
— Joe Roybal, editor of BEEF magazine
Covering everything from choosing your cow to feeding, caring for, and milking it, this book provides all the basics for the family that has decided to keep a cow.
This one-of-a-kind photographic encyclopedia features more than 200 animals and the fibers they produce. It covers almost every sheep breed in the world — from the longwool breeds of the United Kingdom to the Tasmanian merino, the Navajo churro, the northern European Faroese, and dozens and dozens more. It also includes goats, camelids (such as alpacas, llamas, and vicunas), bison, horses, musk oxen, rabbits, and even dogs. Each entry includes photographs of the featured animal; samples of its raw fleece, its cleaned fleece, and yarn spun from the fleece; and samples of the yarn knit and woven. You’ll find everything you want to know about each animal and its fiber, including the fiber’s color, density, strength, and staple length, and recommendations for processing and using it. This is the essential reference no fiber-lover can be without.
An If you've been dreaming about raising a family cow, or even a small herd, here's the book for you! Whether your interest is in beef or dairy farming, veteran cattle farmer Heather Smith Thomas helps you make the experience satisfying, rewarding, and even entertaining!
A single cow can provide milk or beef for a large family with plenty to spare. A small herd of cattle will get you started in the rapidly growing business of natural dairy or meat production. Whatever the scope of your cattle-farming vision, it's crucial to identify your needs and budget, and choose the proper type and breed of cattle. You've decided to raise beef cattle but do you want to begin with breeding heifers or steer to fatten for market? When it comes to dairy breeds are you better off with a less-than-perfect purebred animal or an excellent grade (unregistered) animal? These questions and every other aspect of use, conformation, disposition, and milk or meat yield and flavor are addressed in thorough detail to give even the newest farmer the confidence to choose and purchase knowledgeably.
Beyond general standards and characteristics, Thomas also discusses specific breed attributes — Jerseys, for example, produce milk richer in butterfat than other dairy cattle — and how size, color, body shape, hair length, and milking ability make each animal more or less suitable to various needs. To complement the text, full-color photographs help you identify the many choices. Beef breeds include: American Shorthorn, Angus, Beefmasters, Blonde d'Aquitaine, Braford, Brahman, Brangus, Braunvieh, Charbray, Charolais, Chiangus, Chianina, Dexter, Galloway, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Limousin, Maine Anjou, Murray Grey, Normande, Piedmontese, Pinzgauer, Polled Hereford, Red Angus, Romagnola, Santa Gertrudis, Simmenthal, Salers, Scotch Highland, Shorthorn, Tarentaise, Texas Longhorn. Dairy breeds include: Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, Milking Devon, Milking Shorthorn, and Red and White.
With Thomas as your guide, you'll discover that successfully raising a cow for milk or for beef is easier than you might think!
As more consumers discover the benefits of grass-fed beef — sustainability, good taste, and antibiotic-free — demand continues to grow. For any farmer interested in entering this profitable specialty area, here is the first complete manual on raising, caring for, and marketing grass-fed cattle. Author Julius Ruechel includes advice on herd selection, breeding, pasture management, fencing, winter grazing, diseases, equipment, slaughter, labeling, marketing, and financial planning.
more contented animals. Temple Grandin Learn how to improve the day-to-day operation as well as the profitability of your farm by raising healthier
Barbara Kilarski, a woman with a passion for poultry, provides detailed information every aspiring chickenkeeper needs to know in this handbook that is as practical and encouraging as it is witty and entertaining. Join the urban and suburban chicken-farming boomlet and start enjoying the freshest breakfast eggs available.
With this classic reference, livestock owners can prevent disease in horses, cattle, pigs, goats, and sheep through proper nutrition, housing, and care.
Pecking, clucking, posing, preening. Whatever they happen to be doing, barnyard birds have a special knack for making us smile. Enjoy their charm and discover interesting facts about your favorite chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese in this fun and informative handbook. The poultry have all put their best feathers forward for you!
Beginners will find what they need in this no-nonsense guide to choosing a calf, building and maintaining housing, nutrition, feeding, daily care, and finally, butchering.
Carol Ekarius' natural, organic approach to livestock management produces healthier animals, reduces feed and health care costs, and maximizes your profit. Includes case studies of successful farmers, nitty-gritty details of every facet of livestock farming, and fascinating insights on how to work with nature instead of against it.
Raising sheep involves far more than choosing the perfect breed and training a herding dog. The successful sheep farmer must know how to maintain his animals' health and solve daily crises, large and small.
Designed to accompany the farmer into the barn, Storey's Barn Guide to Sheep provides clear, step-by-step help, visible from several feet away. Graphic presentations guide farmers through trimming hooves, administering injections, assisting with lambing, bottle feeding, milking, shearing, and every other situation that might arise during the normal course of a sheep's life. In addition to the procedural information, the book also features full-color anatomical illustrations, a lambing calendar, a feeding chart, and a helpful record-keeping section.
Whether you’re raising one cow or a herd, this is the go-to reference you need. Both new and experienced cattle ranchers will benefit from Heather Smith Thomas’s expert advice on everything from breed selection, calving, feeding, and housing to humane handling and slaughter practices. Now in its third edition, Storey’s Guide to Raising Beef Cattle has been thoroughly revised and updated to include comprehensive, up-to-the-minute information on diseases and vaccinations; raising grass-fed animals; identifying and dealing with toxic pasture plants; and much more.
Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens has all the information you need to successfully keep chickens, from choosing breeds and hatching chicks to building coops and keeping birds healthy and safe from predators. This thoroughly revised third edition contains a new chapter on training chickens and understanding their intelligence, expanded coverage of hobby farming, new information on avian influenza and fowl first aid, and much more!
Dairy goats are a great choice for the small or backyard dairy farmer. They require a smaller investment than cows and produce milk that is great for making delicious fresh yogurt and cheese. This thoroughly revised fourth edition gives you everything you need to know to raise dairy goats, including more information on pygmy goats, updated information on disease diagnosis and treatment, and expanded information on breeding, milking, dairying, and cheese making.
Dave Holderread provides the information you need to raise ducks successfully, covering everything from choosing the right breeds (including rare breeds and hybrid ducks) to breeding and rearing practices, feeding, housing, health care, butchering, and much more. This thoroughly revised and updated second edition includes coverage of more breeds plus expanded information on facilities for ducklings, health and disease treatment, marketing, record keeping, color genetics, and rare breed conservation.
This comprehensive handbook covers every aspect of llama raising, including behavior, training, facilities, showing, health care, first aid, breeding, birthing, and much more. You’ll even find all the information you need to successfully harvest and market fleece.
This essential reference on raising and marketing meat goats gives you everything you need to start or expand a meat-goat business. This updated second edition includes up-to-the-minute guidelines on health and disease, a comprehensive resource section, and expanded information on marketing and record keeping.
This classic resource is the only book you need to naturally and humanely raise a wide range of poultry, from chickens and turkeys to waterfowl and game birds — even uncommon species, such as pigeons, emus, doves, ostriches, peafowl, and swans. Whether you’re running a farm or raising a few birds in the backyard, Glenn Drowns tells you everything you need to know about breed selection, housing, space requirements, behavior, breeding, birthing, feeding, health care, and the business of processing meat and eggs. This revised edition includes new and updated information on health and disease, raising birds on pasture, growing your own feed, housing, breeding, slaughtering, and marketing.
Completely revised and updated, the fourth edition of this classic guide covers everything you need to know about raising rabbits, including breed selection, year-round care and feeding, safe housing, humane handling, and disease prevention and treatment. New and expanded features include guidelines for showing, updated breed guide photographs, and expert advice on marketing.
Storey’s Guide to Raising Sheep has earned the praise and trust of sheep farmers around the world with its in-depth, expert coverage of breed selection, lambing, feeding, housing, pasture maintenance, disease prevention and treatment, and more. New and expanded features in this fourth edition include guidelines for organic certification, advice on web-based marketing and networking, and coverage of rare breeds.
more contented animals. Temple Grandin Learn how to improve the day-to-day operation as well as the profitability of your farm by raising healthier
More than 128 birds strut their stuff across the pages of Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds, the ultimate primer for farmers and fanciers alike. Admire the handsome black and white plumage of Lakenvelder roosters, read the fascinating history of the Blue Hens of Delaware, and marvel at the petite size and toylike appearance of Call ducks. And if you’re curious to know which heritage turkeys are making a comeback, look no further. This definitive guide to North American barnyard and wild fowl includes a brief history of each breed, detailed descriptions of identifying characteristics, and colorful photography that celebrates the birds’ quirky personalities and charming good looks. If it’s fowl facts and photos you want, you’ll find them all here.