Livestock can provide your family with a sustainable food source and help your turn a profit on your farm or homestead. Get resources on raising livestock with our animal husbandry books.

  • DAY RANGE POULTRY

    This is the book that tells you just about everything you need to know to raise poultry on pasture, from the egg up through processing. Based on years of hands-on experiences -- both success and failures -- the authors hold back nothing about the realities, advantages, disadvantages and rewards of small-scale poultry production systems for income and community food self-sufficiency. Offering hard to find information on raising turkeys, small-scale breeder flocks and incubation production, the book also includes a foreword by everybody's favorite contrary farmer, Gene Logsdon.

    Item: 6693

    Author: Pat Foreman, Andy Lee

    Format: Paperback

  • DO UNTO ANIMALS

    The more we know about the animals in our world and the better we care for them, the better our lives will be. Former veterinary technician and animal advocate Tracey Stewart understands this better than most, and she’s on a mission to change how we interact with animals. Part practical guide, part memoir of her life with animals, and part testament to the power of giving back, Do Unto Animals is a gift for animal lovers of all stripes.

    Item: 7989

    Author: Tracey Stewart

    Format: Paperback

  • ELECTROSTOP® PLUS 10/42/12 STARTER KIT (BLACK/WHITE)

    Contain a small flock of sheep or a small herd of goats with this complete fence system. When properly electrified, ElectroStop® is effective for controlling the movement of meat and dairy goats, flighty breeds of sheep or to enclose rams and bucks. Add rolls (up to 4 more) to create a larger enclosure. 42" tall installed.

    ElectroStop® is best when used as a temporary boundary fence that is moved often (daily or weekly).

    Look to semi-permanent ElectroFence® if the fence will be moved less often (seasonally).

    Starter kit includes these essentials:

    • 100 ft roll of 42" ElectroStop® Plus double spike electric netting
    • 4 42" FiberTuff™ support posts
    • Solar IntelliShock® 60 fence energizer
    • 5-Light Wireless Fence Tester

    This item is available for shipment to USA addresses only.

    Item: 8344

    Format:

  • EPIC EGGS

    This isn't a typical egg cookbook or guide to raising chickens, Epic Eggs takes a deep dive on the eggs themselves and tells you how to raise birds that will produce the best eggs you've ever seen. It may be true that most poultry found on small homesteads or in backyards especially are viewed as pets, but they are inarguably pets with benefits--namely eggs. In Epic Eggs, homesteader and writer Jennifer Sartell looks at the eggs of the most common types of poultry you’d find in your backyard: chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, guineas, and quail. Don’t jump to conclusions! This isn’t an egg cookbook or a guide to raising poultry. Sartell delves into the eggs themselves and explains reproductive systems, egg anatomy, and how and why different colors are distributed to egg shells. Sartell will show you a variety breeds of birds, and what sizes, shapes, and even colors of egg they produce; from white to blue, brown, chocolate, olive, and speckled, plus heritage breeds and how to breed for specific colors. Illustrated with fantastic color photography of eggs and their birds, Epic Eggs goes on to address how to optimize living conditionsand diet for the healthiest and most-flavorful eggs, the process of grading and storing eggs, and the eternal washing debate. There’s also discussion of nutrition, baking, cooking, preserving, pickling, and dehydrating. The book ends with advice for homesteaders looking to create business plans and a section on troubleshooting.

    Item: 8612

    Author: JENNIFER SARTELL

    Format: Paperback

  • FARM DOGS

    From familiar breeds such as the Border Collie, Corgi, and Dachshund to the lesser-known Akbash, Puli, and Hovawart, Janet Vorwald Dohner describes 93 breeds of livestock guardian dogs, herding dogs, terriers, and traditional multipurpose farm dogs, highlighting the tasks each dog is best suited for and describing its physical characteristics and temperament. She also offers an accessible history of how humans bred dogs to become our partners in work and beyond, providing a thorough introduction to these highly intelligent, independent, and energetic breeds.

    Item: 8067

    Author: Janet Vorwald Dohner

    Format: Paperback

  • FARM...FOOD...FUN

    The Mushroom Hut @ Fox Farms is a small-scale diversified working and teaching farm. They are a registered nursery, licensed seed dealer, grain dealer, and dairy goat farm. This book includes recipes and information regarding their workshops, from simple-cheese making, tapping maple trees using sumac spiles, making flower essence jellies, growing hops and bloody butcher corn, and much more.

    Item: 7909

    Author: Susan Tipton-Fox

    Format: Paperback

  • FREE-RANGE CHICKEN GARDENS

    Many gardeners fear chickens will peck away at their landscape, and chicken lovers often shy away from gardening for the same reason. But you can keep chickens and have a beautiful garden, too! Fresh eggs aren't the only benefit — chickens can actually help your garden grow and thrive, even as your garden does the same for your chickens.

    In this essential handbook, award-winning garden designer Jessi Bloom covers everything a gardener needs to know, including chicken-keeping basics, simple garden plans to get you started, tips on attractive fencing options, the best plants and plants to avoid, and step-by-step instructions for getting your chicken garden up and running.

    For anyone who wants a fabulous garden where colorful chickens happily roam, Free-Range Chicken Gardens is the guide that will bring the dream home to roost.

    Item: 5913

    Author: Jessi Bloom

    Format: Paperback

  • FRUITFUL LABOR

    p>As the average age of America’s farmers continues to rise, we face serious questions about what farming will look like in the near future, and who will be growing our food. Many younger people are interested in going into agriculture, especially organic farming, but cannot find affordable land, or lack the conceptual framework and practical information they need to succeed in a job that can be both difficult and deeply fulfilling.

    In Fruitful Labor, Mike Madison meticulously describes the ecology of his own small family farm in the Sacramento Valley of California. He covers issues of crop ecology such as soil fertility, irrigation needs, and species interactions, as well as the broader agroecological issues of the social, economic, regulatory, and technological environments in which the farm operates. The final section includes an extensive analysis of sustainability on every level.

    Item: 8950

    Author: MIKE MADISON

    Format: Paperback

  • GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD RABBITS, 6TH EDITION

    Looking to start raising rabbits for meat? Wondering how you can keep those pesky wild rabbits out of your garden? Grit’s Guide to Backyard Rabbits is the answer to all these questions and many more. Inside this 96-page guide you'll find more than 69 keys to a successful rabbit-raising enterprise.

    Follow the simple instructions to help your rabbitry dreams move from concept to reality, with easy-to-follow rabbit housing plans. Discover how to cook with rabbit meat. Learn the best time to start breeding rabbits, and how to care and feed your pregnant does. Read how to keep your rabbit healthy by following basic guidelines.

    Other articles include:

    • Historic Meat Rabbit Breeds: Find the perfect meat rabbits for your patch of paradise.
    • DIY Rabbit Homes and Equipment: Your rabbitry dreams move from concept to reality with these rabbit housing plans.
    • Cooking With Rabbit: Broaden your meat horizons with healthful, domestic rabbit.
    • How to Tan Rabbit Hides: Don’t let any part of your animals go to waste.
    • Ban Bunnies from Your Vegetable Patch: Build this safe, simple, and humane trap to keep uninvited critters out of your garden.
    Item: 8201

    Format: Paperback

  • HAPPY HENS & FRESH EGGS

    As communities across the country amend urban bylaws to allow backyard flocks, more and more of us are enjoying the pleasures and rewards of keeping hens in the garden.Her book is stuffed full of practical advice on keeping the garden both gorgeous and productive and hens happy and healthy. Langford includes dozens of simple and elegant recipes from her own kitchen, as well as contributions from celebrated chefs.With beautiful photographs, illustrations, and garden plans, this book is sure to become a favorite of avid and aspiring backyard farmers alike.

    Item: 7978

    Author: Signe Langford

    Format: Paperback

  • HOBBY FARM ANIMALS

    A single information-packed volume with everything a hobby farmer needs to know about farm animals, this new, comprehensive manual to selecting, caring for and breeding livestock brings forth the expertise of six hobby farmers, each of whom has real-life on-the-farm experience with the animals she discusses. With exhaustive detail, the authors offer complete coverage of chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, cattle, pigs and rabbits, including the housing, health care, special needs, advantages and challenges of each.

    Item: 7781

    Author: Sue Weaver & Ann Larkin Hansen

    Format: Paperback

  • HOLISTIC GOAT CARE

    Goats have provided humankind with essential products for centuries; indeed, they bear the noble distinction of being the first domesticated farm animal. From providing milk and meat for sustenance and fiber and hides for clothing and shelter to carrying packs and clearing brush, there isn’t much that goats cannot do. Managing goats successfully requires an understanding of how nature designed them to thrive, including nutritional and psychological needs, as well as how to identify a problem and intercede before it’s too late.

    For more than a decade, Gianaclis Caldwell and her family have operated Pholia Farm Creamery, an off-grid, raw milk goat cheese dairy. In Holistic Goat Care, Caldwell offers readers a comprehensive guide to maintaining a healthy herd of goats, whether they are dairy goats, meat goats, fiber goats, or pet goats. Holistic Goat Care will empower even novice goat owners to confidently diagnose and treat most of the ailments that goats might experience. For the experienced goat farmer, the book offers a depth of insight and approaches to treatment not found in any other book. Caldwell places special emphasis throughout on holistic, natural, and alternative approaches to caring for goats, including information on:

    • Handling and managing goats using their natural instincts as an asset
    • Developing good farm management practices, such as appropriate housing and fencing systems and manure and mortality management
    • Making feeding decisions based on understanding goats’ ruminant digestive system and their evolutionary needs
    • Growing forage and garden crops as feed and utilizing wild browse
    • Troubleshooting health problems based on assessing symptoms
    • Implementing advanced health procedures such as pain control, fecal testing, and transplanting rumen microbes from healthy to sick goats
    • Diagnosing, treating, and preventing more than 75 common goat ailments

    Whether your herd is two or two hundred, this first-of-its-kind, comprehensive book will help you keep your goats healthy, safe, and productive, and give you a deep and enjoyable insight into the wondrous creature that is the goat.

    Item: 8244

    Author: Gianaclis Caldwell

    Format: Hardcover

  • HOME POULTRY PROCESSING KIT

    Everything needed to process birds at home! Just supply a stock pot for scalding. Recommended for folks with just a few birds to process in the backyard.

    Kit includes:

    • Medium killing cone, 12 inches in length, 9.5 inches wide
    • Poultry sticker knife, 7 inches long (blade length: 3 inches)
    • Plastic shackle, 26 inches long, 6 inches wide

    Item: 8855

    Format:

  • HOMEGROWN PORK

    For anyone who wants to raise a pig for meat in a backyard or on a small farm, Homegrown Pork explains exactly how to do it, humanely and safely. Livestock expert Sue Weaver covers everything from selecting a breed with great flavor and bringing your shoat home to feeding, housing, fencing, health care, and humane processing.
    Item: 6947

    Author: Sue Weaver

    Format: Paperback

  • HOW TO SPEAK CHICKEN

    Best-selling author Melissa Caughey knows that backyard chickens are like any favorite pet — fun to spend time with and fascinating to observe. Her hours among the flock have resulted in this quirky, irresistible guide packed with firsthand insights into how chickens communicate and interact, use their senses to understand the world around them, and establish pecking order and roles within the flock. Combining her up-close observations with scientific findings and interviews with other chicken enthusiasts, Caughey answers unexpected questions such as Do chickens have names for each other? How do their eyes work? and How do chickens learn?

    Item: 8639

    Author: Melissa Caughey

    Format: Paperback

  • HUMANE LIVESTOCK HANDLING

    Discover how humanely handling your livestock can improve the day-to-day operation and profitability of your farm. Stressing the importance of understanding livestock behavior, Temple Grandin shows you how to develop a respectful working relationship with your animals to promote their health and productivity. With detailed construction plans for animal-friendly facilities of all sizes and dozens of low-stress methods for moving your livestock on pastures, padlocks, and feedlot pens, this guide has everything you need to know to create a comfortable atmosphere for thriving, happy livestock.

    Item: 4633

    Author: TEMPLE GRANDIN

    Format: Paperback

  • KEEPING A FAMILY COW

    This Chelsea Green edition of a nearly 40-year-old classic has been revised and updated to incorporate new information on the raw milk debate, the conversation about A1 vs. A2 milk, totally grass-fed dairies, practical advice for everyday chores, updated procedures for cow emergencies, and more.

    Item: 6855

    Author: Joann S. Grohman

    Format: Paperback

  • LETTER TO A YOUNG FARMER

    For more than four decades, the self-described “contrary farmer” and writer Gene Logsdon commented on the state of American agriculture. In Letter to a Young Farmer, his final book of essays, Logsdon addressed the next generation: young people moving back to the land to enjoy a better way of life as small-scale “garden farmers.” It’s a lifestyle that isn’t defined by accumulating wealth or by the “get big or get out” agribusiness mindset. Instead, it’s one that recognizes the beauty of nature, cherishes the land, respects our fellow creatures, and values rural traditions. It’s one that also looks forward and embraces “right technologies,” including new and innovative ways of working smarter, not harder, and avoiding premature burnout.

    Item: 8951

    Author: GENE LOGSDON

    Format: Paperback

  • LIVESTOCK PROTECTION DOGS

    Livestock Protection Dogs provides comprehensive information on livestock guard dogs. This popular guide covers the selection, training and care of guardian dogs; flock guardian dogs; and profiles of guardian dog breeds. Specific tips offer instruction for guarding sheep, guarding bird flocks and exotic livestock, and temperament testing potential guardian dog puppies. Livestock Protection Dogs can help you reduce loss from livestock predators. Ranchers, farmers, hobby farm owners and anyone with animals will be interested in using guardian livestock dogs as an ecologically sound and economical alternative for livestock protection.

    Livestock Protection Dogs features:

    • The importance of livestock guardian dogs
    • The effectiveness of guardian dogs on different types of livestock
    • Puppy temperament testing
    • Guardian dog breeds and what to look for in a guardian livestock dog
    • Ecological and economical advantages of livestock guardian dogs

    … and more!

    Item: 7328

    Author: O. Dawydiak & D. Sims

    Format: Paperback

  • LIVING LARGE IN OUR LITTLE HOUSE

    Based on the successful blog of the same name, Living Large in Our Little House is a practical and inspirational memoir about the joy and freedom of tiny house living. Traditionally, the American dream has included owning a house, and until recently that meant the bigger, the better. McMansions have flourished in suburbs across the country, and as houses got bigger we filled them with more stuff. Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell had been subconsciously trying to live up to this ideal when circumstances forced her and her husband into a 480-square-foot house in the woods. What was supposed to be a writing cabin and guest house became their full-time abode and they quickly discovered that they had serendipitously discovered a better way of life. They realized that by living smaller, they were, in fact, living large. They were not spending extra time cleaning and maintaining the house, but had the freedom to pursue their hobbies; they did not waste money on things they didn’t need; and they grew emotionally (as well as physically) closer. Kerri and her husband realized that living large is less about square footage and more about a state of mind. As Fivecoat-Campbell relates the story of her own transformation, she also profiles more than a dozen other families living tiny house lives. And she offers practical advice for how you can too.

    Her book:

    • walks you through the financial advantages of small space living
    • helps you define and find the right size house
    • teaches you to scale down to the essentials, to be surrounded only by things you love
    • shows you how to make use of outdoor space
    • gives tips on how to decorate judiciously
    • and much more!

    Whether readers are inspired to join the tiny house movement or not, they are sure to be inspired to live large with less.

    Item: 8143

    Author: Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell

    Format: Hardcover

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