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.

  • Modern Homesteader's Guide to Keeping Geese

    While chickens preen in the spotlight, geese are the historic unsung heroes of small farms and homesteads. Providing weed control, large eggs, and entertainment, and acting as "security" over other animals, geese are the ultimate modern homesteading companion. The Modern Homesteader's Guide to Keeping Geese covers everything you need to know to raise geese, including: •Profiles of breeds and how to select the best one for your needs •How to "imprint" goslings on a person •Feeding, housing, animal health, and cold weather care •Using geese for weed control, soil improvement, and as "watch-geese" •Cooking with goose eggs and meat Additional coverage includes a look at the rich history of geese on farms in North America and Europe that will enhance any goose keeper's enjoyment of these intelligent and unique birds. This practical guide is a must-have essential for the kitchen table of homesteaders, small farmers, permaculturists, and professional farmers looking to add the power of geese to their land.

    Item: 8498

    Author: Kirsten Lie-Nielsen

    Format: Paperback

  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS GARDEN TO TABLE SET

    Growing and preparing your own fresh, healthy food for your table is simpler than ever with the Garden to Table Set. Mother Earth News and Capper’s Farmer have compiled five special guides to get you growing, raising and cooking your own organic food. Learn everything about organic gardening and raising chickens, growing and cooking with herbs, and how to bake and cook all the foods you’ve grown.

    This set includes:

    Mother Earth News Guide to Organic Gardening
    There is so much benefit to an organic garden, and with this guide, you’ll learn all the hacks to produce your own. These articles will teach you how to maintain a weedless organic garden, how to store fresh vegetables, how to transplant your garden, and how you can build better soil with (free!) organic fertilizer, among other valuable articles.

    Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Your Own Food
    Growing your food is so much more than having a garden. Learn how to naturally produce everything you put on the table with the 7th Edition of Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Your Own Food. Articles include information on how to raise chickens for meat, keep bees naturally, get the best eggs from your backyard chickens, grow amazing tomatoes in your own backyard, and more! With this guide, get 35 tips, tricks and recipes to help you eat better and save money.

    Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Herbs
    With Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Herbs, you’ll get 109+ tips for growing all kinds of herbs for healing and cooking. Keep fresh herbs year-round with articles about organic gardening and indoor winter herb gardens. Learn hacks to grow the freshest, most bountiful herbs in the best climates and soil and how to store these herbs for use throughout the year. Includes 18 recipes for using your favorite herbs.

    Mother Earth News Guide to Cooking with Herbs
    After you’ve grown your own herbs at home, learn how to use them with Mother Earth News Guide to Cooking with Herbs for flavorful recipes and tips. With 99+ tips and 75+ recipes, this guide is full of everything herb. Learn how to grow, harvest, and dry herbs and spices, create beverages and seasoning blends, and learn uses for mint, basil, dill, horseradish and more.

    Capper’s Farmer Guide to Cooking from Scratch
    Ditch the over-processed, store-bought meals and treats from the grocery store and learn how to make your own fresh, delicious meals from scratch! Put it all together with the last guide in the set with the fresh ingredients you’ve already learned to grow and store. Cook and bake from scratch with this guide with articles teaching you how to churn butter, bake bread, freeze garden produce, bake sweet or savory pies, make pickles and sauerkraut, and many more with Capper’s Farmer Cooking from Scratch.

    Item: 8333

    Format: Paperback

  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS PREMIUM WISER LIVING SET

    The MOTHER EARTH NEWS WISER LIVING SERIES SET brings you nearly 600 pages of expert advice, recipes, do-it-yourself projects, and more information on living a self-sufficient life. This set covers everything from organic gardening to easy solar power, from raising chickens for meat to self-reliance and country skills. The do-it-yourself projects include simple solar heater plans as well as instructions on how to paint your house, install your own windows, and easily take advantage of energy from the sun. Follow recipes for making homemade bread and preserving preserve food (including simple ideas for easy canning, freezing, and dehydrating). Discover how to save money with energy-saving tips for your home, and how to cut your food bills in half by growing your own food right in your own backyard.

    This set includes:
    MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills
    Whether you live in the country or simply enjoy putting country skills to use in the city or suburbs, you will find many ideas and projects in this issue that you’ll be excited to tackle. Find empowerment and joy in self-reliant living!

    MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Organic Gardening
    Many of us have chosen to use natural, nontoxic methods in our gardens. In part, we’re motivated by a desire for healthy food and soil. After all, who wants to eat food that’s been sprayed with toxic chemicals better suited to chemical warfare than gardening? The good news is many of these sustainable, natural methods are surprisingly simple, as well as low-cost. Find many of these tips in this special issue.

    MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Great DIY Projects
    Self-efficiency – doing things for yourself – is a great way to save money, utilize local resources, and create durable projects and buildings. If you’re a new DIYer, you’ll be amazed at how many jobs you can manage yourself. This guide includes information on do-it-yourself skills and projects for those just starting out, as well as those with years of experience. You can save money by doing things yourself instead of hiring a builder, mechanic, or repair technician, plus you will build many items better than you can buy them.

    MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Living on Less
    Spending less doesn’t have to mean enjoying life less. So slow down, get out of the rat race, and take more time to enjoy the things that are truly important. This special collection of articles is all about spending less on food, housing, and energy, and simplifying your life without living less comfortably.

    MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Country Skills
    Many people dream of leaving the city for a serene life in the country, where they can grow their own food and become more self-sufficient. This guide will help you make that dream a reality, whether you’re starting from a metropolitan apartment or living in the suburbs. And if you’re already living in the country, this guide offers some great tips to help you become more self-reliant.

    Item: 6421

    Format: Paperback

  • NO RISK RANCHING

    Based on his personal experience, Greg Judy shows how to make a living from the land without owning it. He describes his successes as well as his mistakes to help others on the road to profit. By leasing land and cattle he went from 40 stockers to more than 1,100 head and was able to pay off his farm and home loan within three years. Today, he has 12 farms totaling more than 1,560 acres.

    Item: 7974

    Author: Greg Judy

    Format: Paperback

  • OXEN

    Stalwart and powerful, oxen can plow fields, haul stones, assist in logging, improve roads and demonstrate traditional farming techniques. And they are stronger, steadier, less expensive and easier to keep than draft horses. Here is the definitive guide to selecting, training, feeding and caring for working oxen. With proper care and training, oxen can be a dependable, economical alternative to heavy machinery on small working farms.

    Item: 4640

    Author: DREW CONROY

    Format:

  • PERMANET® PLUS 12/48/3 STARTER KIT (BLACK/WHITE)

    Contain and protect your chickens in the backyard or on the pasture with this complete fence system. Choose this kit if you plan to move the fence one per season (or less often.) Effective for all types of poultry. 48" tall.

    The mesh portion of PermaNet® is exactly the same as PoultryNet®. But it has stronger, larger posts—each with longer, larger steel ground spikes. That enables it to resist sagging and withstand the effects of wind, rain, ice and snow much better than normal netting. It’s a “less worries” option.

    Starter kit includes these essentials:

    • 100 ft roll of 48" PermaNet® Plus double spike electric netting
    • 4 48" FiberTuff™ support posts
    • Solar IntelliShock® 60 fence energizer
    • 5-Light Wireless Fence Tester

    This item is available for shipment to USA addresses only.

    Item: 8341

    Format:

  • PERMANET® PLUS 12/48/3 STARTER KIT (GREEN)

    Contain and protect your chickens in the backyard or on the pasture with this complete fence system. Choose this kit if you plan to move the fence once per season (or less often.) Effective for all types of poultry. 48" tall.

    The mesh portion of PermaNet® is exactly the same as PoultryNet®. But it has stronger, larger posts—each with longer, larger steel ground spikes. That enables it to resist sagging and withstand the effects of wind, rain, ice and snow much better than normal netting. It’s a “less worries” option.

    Starter kit includes these essentials:

    • 100 ft roll of 48" PermaNet® Plus double spike electric netting
    • 4 48" FiberTuff™ support posts
    • Solar IntelliShock® 60 fence energizer
    • 5-Light Wireless Fence Tester

    This item is available for shipment to USA addresses only.

    Item: 8342

    Format:

  • PIG QUIKFENCE® 6/30/12 STARTER KIT (BLACK/WHITE)

    Complete fence system contains all the essentials to fence in “free-range” pastured pigs. Portable electric netting eliminates the need for heavy wire panels and is simple to install and remove. Selectively till gardens, pastures, woodlots or just about anywhere else on the farmstead. 30" tall.

    Starter kit includes:

    • 100 ft roll of 30" Pig QuikFence® single spike electric netting
    • 4 30" FiberTuff™ support posts
    • Solar IntelliShock® 60 fence energizer
    • 5-Light Wireless Fence Tester

    This item is available for shipment to USA addresses only.

    Item: 8343

    Format:

  • POPULAR POULTRY BREEDS

    Popular Poultry Breeds examines 40 popular breeds of chickens and bantams. Most breeds exist in several plumage color varieties, and in large and bantam (miniature) size versions, all of which are also included in this comprehensive book.

    Item: 6972

    Author: David Scrivener

    Format: Hardcover

  • POULTRY BREEDS: THE POCKET GUIDE TO 104 ESSENTIAL BREEDS

    Poultry Breeds is a fresh field guide of feathered friends with stunning photos highlighting the beauty and unique attributes of 104 chicken, duck, goose, and turkey breeds. Each profile outlines the bird’s history, physical characteristics, and common uses, with specially noted fun facts sprinkled throughout. This pocket-size, browsable guide is easy to use, and author Carol Ekarius knows her birds: She has been writing about livestock for nearly 20 years and has raised her own for decades.

    Item: 8162

    Author: Carol Ekarius

    Format: Paperback

  • POULTRYNET® PLUS 12/42/3 STARTER KIT (BLACK/WHITE)

    Everything you need in one convenient package to temporarily fence poultry in the backyard or on the pasture. 42" tall.

    Choose this starter kit if you plan to move the fence daily/weekly and have heavy breeds such as Orpingtons and Wyandottes. Kit includes these essentials:

    • 100 ft roll of 42" PoultryNet® 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: 8337

    Format:

  • POULTRYNET® PLUS 12/48/3 KITS (BLACK/GREEN)

    The Poultry Net Plus 12/48/3 Kit is a 48-inch electrifiable prefabricated fence. To charge it, you can purchase the Hot Shock PRS-B 50 Solar Energizer Kit (item #8020).Each post includes a small, steel spike, to insert into the ground for support. This version of the fence is black and green.

    This item is available for shipment to USA addresses only.

    Item: 8021

    Author: Premier 1

    Format:

  • POULTRYNET® PLUS 12/48/3 STARTER KIT (BLACK/WHITE)

    Everything you need in one convenient package to temporarily fence poultry in the backyard or on the pasture. 48" tall.

    Choose this starter kit if you plan to move the fence daily/weekly and have light or flighty breeds such as Leghorns and Buttercups. Kit includes these essentials:

    • 100 ft roll of 48" PoultryNet® Plus double spike electric netting
    • 4 48" FiberTuff™ support posts
    • Solar IntelliShock® 60 fence energizer
    • 5-Light Wireless Fence Tester

    This item is available for shipment to USA addresses only.

    Item: 8339

    Format:

  • POULTRYNET® PLUS 12/48/3 STARTER KIT (GREEN)

    Everything you need in one convenient package to temporarily fence poultry in the backyard or on the pasture. 48" tall.

    Choose this starter kit if you plan to move the fence daily/weekly and have light or flighty breeds such as Leghorns and Buttercups. Kit includes these essentials:

    • 100 ft roll of 48" PoultryNet® Plus double spike electric netting
    • 4 48" FiberTuff™ support posts
    • Solar IntelliShock® 60 fence energizer
    • 5-Light Wireless Fence Tester

    This item is available for shipment to USA addresses only.

    Item: 8340

    Format:

  • PRACTICAL PROJECTS FOR SELF-SUFFICIENCY

    Have you ever wanted to build your own chicken coop, cider press or herb-drying rack? How about a clever two-bin composter, horse-blanket washing machine or genuine Langstroth beehive? In Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency, you'll find these projects and a couple dozen more to help you develop and grow your self-reliant lifestyle. Most self-sufficiency books give you pages of words and a couple of small drawings for an explanation, but this book shows you exactly how to do things, employing beautiful photos and complete plans. The projects are organized into four categories: Food Prep & Preservation, Homestead, Garden and Animals. Among the projects are a simple brooder box for chicks, a jumbo cold frame, a basic loom, a large-capacity soil sifter, fencing, trellises and even a solar oven. So, whether you're a longtime do-it-yourselfer looking to complete your skill set or a newcomer taking your first step toward sustainability, Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency is the book to get you there.

    Item: 7400

    Author: Chris Peterson

    Format: Paperback

  • PREPPER'S COMMUNICATION HANDBOOK

    The ultimate guide to acquiring, assembling, and using lifesaving emergency communication systems, this book includes in-depth information on operating ham radios, walkie-talkies, shortwave radios, and citizens band (CB) radios. When disaster strikes, calls, texts and emails don’t work. After 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Sandy, cell phones were rendered useless when transmission towers were destroyed and networks became overloaded. Having an alternative way of reaching family and loved ones at these critical moments is essential. With this guide, learn the best tips, tricks, and expert secrets for surviving when phones and the internet fail. This comprehensive guide covers everything needed to be fully prepared for when the grid goes down.

    Item: 8896

    Author: JIM COBB

    Format: Paperback

  • PREPPER'S DEHYDRATOR HANDBOOK

    The long-term food storage techniques for nutritious, delicious, lifesaving meals in this book include tips and tricks for preparing shelf-stable foods in your dehydrator. Forget those tasteless K-rations and preservative-filled, prepackaged foods. With this book and a dehydrator, you can quickly and easily convert fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats into a delicious stockpile of tasty foods. The most environmentally sustainable way to utilize your survival garden’s complete harvest, dehydrating is an ideal solution to long-term food storage. Plus, it’s healthy and affordable!

    Item: 8897

    Author: SHELLE WELLS

    Format: Paperback

  • PURE POULTRY

    Houdan. Nankin. Indian Runner. Narragansett. These may sound like exotic place names or unusual varieties of produce, but each actually refers to one of the many hundreds of lesser-known poultry breeds that tempt the livestock owner who's prepared to venture into less-familiar territory. Providing an alternative to commercial breeds and hybrids, heritage breeds each boast their own unique characteristics and personality traits, and are a valuable (and entertaining) addition to a sustainable food system.

    Pure Poultry is the first book in nearly 100 years to focus specifically on heritage breeds of chickens, turkeys and ducks and their role in a self-reliant lifestyle. This timely, beautifully illustrated resource includes:

    • Detailed guidelines on everything from housing, breeding and day-to-day care to processing, cooking and preserving
    • Much-needed information on using heritage breeds for egg and meat production
    • Tips, inspiration, recommended reading and additional resources
    • A unique planning worksheet that simplifies the process of starting out with poultry

    Brimming with quiet humor, Pure Poultry is an immensely readable how-to and why-to resource. Based entirely on her personal experience, author Victoria Redhed Miller includes plenty of lessons learned the hard way. Pure Poultry shows how heritage-breed poultry can enhance and deepen anyone's quality of life, whether you have a farm, a small backyard, or a neighbor with space to share.

    Item: 6848

    Author: Victoria Redhed Miller

    Format: Paperback

  • RAISING GOATS NATURALLY

    Complete self-sufficiency may seem out of reach, but for more and more of us, increasing our self-reliance as much as possible is the order of the day. Incorporating dairy goats as the centerpiece of a diversified homestead can be the key to achieving this goal, and Raising Goats Naturally will show you how.

    By working with nature, you can raise dairy goats and produce your own milk, cheese, meat, fertilizer, leather, fiber, and soap -- all without relying on drugs or following the factory farm model. By observing your own animals closely and educating yourself about their specific needs, you can create an individualized plan for keeping them healthy and maximizing their productivity. This unique, fully-illustrated guide will teach you to help your herd thrive with:

    • Breed-specific descriptions to help you choose the right goats for your goals and lifestyle
    • Detailed information on housing, fencing, breeding, health, milking, and nutrition
    • Complete recipes and instructions for making your own cheese, dairy products, and soap, as well as cooking with goat meat.
    Packed with personal experiences backed up by expert veterinary advice and scientific studies, Raising Goats Naturally brings together a wealth of practical information on raising goats for the love of it and using their milk and meat to become more self-reliant.

    Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer and self-sufficiency expert who has raised livestock for over 10 years. The author of Homegrown and Handmade and Ecothrifty, she presents extensively on skills for living a self-reliant life.

    Item: 6794

    Author: Deborah Niemann

    Format: Paperback

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