Deliberating whether to raise or nurture birds on pasture? Uncertain of how to get started in pastured poultry? I am here to give you adequate insight, I am zealous about assisting household farms and producers of all sizes embrace pastured poultry.Humane treatment and the perceived health benefits of pastured poultry are causing an increase in demand for such products. For many beginning farmers, poultry may be the most logical livestock choice. Birds have several advantages with their small size and the scalability, quick return on investment, and low cost of start-up, to name a few. Poultry can be the 'gateway' animal to raising larger stock like sheep, goats, hogs, or cattle.
A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, 2nd Edition
Author: Matthew Stein
Pubpsher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Category: House & Home
There’s never been a better time to “be prepared.” Matthew Stein’s comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills—from food and water to shelter and energy to first-aid and crisis-management skills—prepares you to embark on the path toward sustainability. But unlike any other book, Stein not only shows you how to live “green” in seemingly stable times, but to live in the face of potential disasters, lasting days or years, coming in the form of social upheaval, economic meltdown, or environmental catastrophe. When Technology Fails covers the gamut. You’ll learn how to start a fire and keep warm if you’ve been left temporarily homeless, as well as the basics of installing a renewable energy system for your home or business. You’ll learn how to find and sterilize water in the face of utility failure, as well as practical information for dealing with water-quality issues even when the public tap water is still flowing. You’ll learn alternative techniques for healing equally suited to an era of profit-driven malpractice as to situations of social calamity. Each chapter (a survey of the risks to the status quo; supplies and preparation for short- and long-term emergencies; emergency measures for survival; water; food; shelter; clothing; first aid, low-tech medicine, and healing; energy, heat, and power; metalworking; utensils and storage; low-tech chemistry; and engineering, machines, and materials) offers the same approach, describing skills for self-reliance in good times and bad. Fully revised and expanded—the first edition was written pre-9/11 and pre-Katrina, when few Americans took the risk of social disruption seriously—When Technology Fails ends on a positive, proactive note with a new chapter on "Making the Shift to Sustainability," which offers practical suggestions for changing our world on personal, community and global levels.
Whether you want to raise 5 chickens or 50, have a 40-foot city lot or a 40-acre farm, the expert advice in Future Farmers of America (FFA)–licensed How to Raise Chickens makes it easy for young readers and beginners to get started raising a healthy flock. Whichever comes first for you, the chicken or the egg, this book shows what to do next with the help of longtime chicken breeder Christine Heinrichs, who explains all the helpful dos and important don'ts. Easy-to-follow advice helps readers: Choose breeds and obtain stock House and feed chickens Manage your flock and keep it healthy Select and cull for breeding programs Incubate eggs and care for chicks Raise chickens in the country, suburbs, or city How to Raise Chickens provides information on breed types, obtaining stock, housing, feeding, flock management, breeding programs, incubation and care of chicks, selection and culling, showing, health care, and the legal aspects of raising chickens. Reviewed and approved by Dr. Clint Rusk (Purdue University Associate Professor in the Youth Development and Agriculture Education Department), this book will give you the tools you need to succeed in raising these challenging but rewarding animals. Beautifully designed and authoritatively written, How to Raise Chickens is a trusted source of information to new chicken keepers of all ages, sure to inspire further investigation of the hobby.
Apply 25 Guiding Principles, Develop New Crops & New Markets, Maximize Net Profits per Acre
Author: Ron Macher
Pubpsher: Storey Publishing
Category: Business & Economics
Turn your farm into a cash cow! Ron Macher offers a host of simple strategies for increasing your farm earnings, from purchasing durable equipment to growing economically viable crops. A seasoned expert in farm efficiency, Macher shows you how to locate a lucrative niche market for your products, optimize sales, and minimize costs. Whether you’re buying a new farm or jump-starting an old one, Macher’s savvy tips will help you turn your enterprise into a profitable business.
A Complete Guide to Building Healthy Pasture for Grass-Based Meat & Dairy Animals
Author: Dale Strickler
Pubpsher: Storey Publishing
Category: Technology & Engineering
The health and profitability of grass-based livestock begins with the food they eat. In Managing Pasture, author Dale Strickler guides farmers and ranchers through the practical and ideological considerations behind caring for the land as a key part of running a successful grass-based operation, from the profitability of replacing expensive grain feed with nutrient-rich native grasses to the benefits of ecologically-minded land management. In-depth examinations of the biology and benefits of grazing plants and different grazing strategies accompany detailed plans for paddock and fencing set-ups, livestock watering, and effective methods for dealing with common pasture problems throughout the seasons, from mud to drought. For readers invested in pasture improvement strategies that offer environmental benefits beyond better meat and dairy, including carbon sequestration, erosion prevention, increased pollinator resources and wildlife habitat, and improved water quality, Managing Pasture is an approachable, accessible guide to creating and caring for the grassland that feeds animals and future generations. This publication conforms to the EPUB Accessibility specification at WCAG 2.0 Level AA.
A comprehensive guidebook for those interested in raising poultry on pasture, this reference is organized in an easy-to-use format with topics ranging frombrooding to processing, laying hens to broilers and turkeys, shelter designs, and marketing. (Technology-Agriculture)
Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth
Author: Cindy Conner
Pubpsher: New Society Publishers
Row by row - maximize your harvest and feed your soil by developing a customized plan for your garden Everyone loves to prepare a meal with ingredients fresh from their own garden. But for most of us, no matter how plentiful our harvest, homegrown produce comprises only a fraction of what we eat. And while many gardening guides will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about individual crops, few tackle the more involved task of helping you maximize the percentage of your diet you grow yourself. Grow a Sustainable Diet will help you develop a comprehensive, customized garden plan to produce the maximum number of calories and nutrients from any available space. Avoid arriving in August buried under a mountain of kale or zucchini (and not much else) by making thoughtful choices at the planning stage, focusing on dietary staples and key nutrients. Learn how to calculate: Which food and cover crops are best for your specific requirements How many seeds and plants of each variety you should sow What and when to plant, harvest and replant for maximum yield. Focusing on permaculture principles, biointensive gardening methods, getting food to the table with minimum fossil fuel input, and growing crops that sustain both you and your soil, this complete guide is a must-read for anyone working toward food self-sufficiency for themselves or their family.