Rabbits are wonderful animals to raise, whether as pets or as livestock on a farm. They are especially great as starter animals for children who participate in 4-H or other rabbit shows. Before you embark on owning one of these lovable critters, there's a lot you need to know; for instance, which of the forty-seven rabbit breeds is best for you? Licensed by the National FFA Organization, our acclaimed series of How to Raise guides has helped countless first-time animal owners across the United States confidently care for their new companions. In this freshly updated second edition of How to Raise Rabbits, you'll find practical advice for raising any number of rabbits in any environment--rural or urban, one rabbit or twenty. Brother-sister writing duo and 4-H alumni Daniel and Samantha Johnson expertly walk you through all the basics on breed types, housing and food requirements, shows, kit care, and general healthcare for the rabbit. With clear and informative instructions, fully illustrated with beautiful how-to photography, How to Raise Rabbits continues to be an essential primer for the newcomer to rabbit care and a classic on any rabbit lover's bookshelf.
Plan, customize, and build the perfect home for your flock, brood, or clutch.
Backed by the National FFA Organization, our acclaimed series of How to Raise guides has helped countless first-time animal owners confidently care for their new companions. "How to Build Chicken Coops" provides complete, thorough, and easy-to-follow instructions on building a coop. More importantly, it provides answersa so chicken owners don't have to waste time searching online for advice.
If you are involved in the FFA, interested in starting an urban or suburban hobby farm at home, or just curious about the country living or urban farming lifestyle, raising chickens is a great way to get started without a substantial investment of time or money. Building your own coop allows you to customize it to meet your needsa and it will save you money too
"How to Build Chicken Coops" is not just a collection of plans, but a compendium of the background and insider information for chicken owners. How much space will you need? What is dust bathing? How many nest boxes and windows will your coop need? How much will it cost? What steps do you need to take to keep your chickens safe from predators?
All of these questions, and many more, are answered in "How to Build Chicken Coops." This book takes the guesswork out of building a coop that's just right for your flock of chickens."
Whether your goal is to raise one cow or to own a larger herd of dairy or beef cattle, the expert advice in this hands-on guidebook will tell you all you need to know. How to Raise Cattle guides readers through beef and dairy operations from beginning to end, sharing valuable information about facilities, enclosures, breeds, production systems, stocking guidelines, feeding, reproduction, nutrient management, husbandry, marketing, milk, and exit strategies.
With more than 200 color photographs, the book covers conventional, sustainable, and organic farming practices to detail all aspects of cattle farming for anyone interested in raising their own herds. Easy-to-follow advice helps you to:
Choose and buy the cattle suitable for you
House and feed cattle
Manage your herd and keep it healthy
Breed your herd
Deliver and raise calves
Show cattle at fairs and club meets
This comprehensive look at the life of a cattle rancher, reviewed and approved by Dr. Clint Rusk (Purdue University Associate Professor in the Youth Development and Agriculture Education Department), will give you the tools you need to succeed in a challenging but rewarding business. With step-by-step photos, worksheets, and a list of available resources, How to Raise Cattle will help you and your cattle enjoy health and prosperity.
Описание: Whether you want to raise a dairy barn full of milkers, one hundred meat goats for market, a herd of Angoras for mohair fiber, or a few Pygmies as pets, this book is for you. Expert, hands-on advice makes it easy to get started raising a healthy herd. Longtime goat farmer Carol Amundson describes the breeds popular in the United States and Canada and explains all the helpful dos and don'ts. You'll find information about traveling with goats, marketing, treating illness, and more, including a glossary of caprine terms, tables and charts for easy reference, and a list of breed associations. Illustrated in full color, this guidebook is an indispensable resource for those who want to raise their very own goats. Easy-to-follow tips help you to:
Choose the right breed for your needs
Evaluate and purchase goats
House and feed your herd
Keep your herd healthy
Breed goats and birth kids
Market goats and their products
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 this challenging but rewarding venture.
Описание: With everyone striving to improve their quality of life, gardening has come to the fore as a leisure pursuit. In a largely urban environment, the passing on of gardening skills from generation to generation is a haphazard affair at best, and more and more of us come to gardening as complete innocents. With a change of location or a change in lifestyle we might encounter fresh challenges or have to overcome new limitations. In short, we all need advice from time to time. This book provides a practical guide to gardening. It seeks to answer all the questions that a first-time gardener might have, as well as provide new techniques for more knowledgeable gardeners.
If you've ever envisioned keeping sheep in your own pasture, be it one or two hobby animals or a large flock, this book is the perfect place to begin. Backed by the National FFA Organization, our acclaimed series of "How to Raise" guides has helped countless first-time animal owners across the United States confidently care for their new companions. In this freshly updated second edition of "How to Raise Sheep," author and farmer Philip Hasheider offers reliable guidance for getting started and going the distance. First, he walks you through all the basics on breeds, housing, fencing, feed requirements, breeding, lambing, showing, and marketing meat and wool. Then, he covers the various farming options (organic, sustainable, and conventional) so you can decide which approach best meets your needs. Accompanied by gorgeous instructional photography, "How to Raise Sheep" continues to be an essential primer for the newcomer to sheep care, with everything you need to know to raise a healthy, productive flock.
Описание: Whether you want to raise 5 chickens or 50, whether you have a 40-foot city lot or a 40-acre farm, the expert advice in this hands-on guidebook makes it easy for you to get started raising a healthy flock. Whichever comes first for you, the chicken or the egg, this book will show you what to do next with longtime chicken breeder Christine Heinrichs explaining all the helpful DOs and important DON'Ts. This brightly illustrated, full-color guide will prove an indispensable resource for anyone interested in raising their very own flocks.
Easy-to-follow advice helps you to:
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
The book 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 a challenging but rewarding business.
Описание: Everything You Need To Know to Plant, Grow and Harvest. This is a complete home reference for everything you need to know about gardening - from soil and fertilisers to planting and landscaping. Chapters are organised by topic, including soil, seeds, composting, garden design, landscaping, sowing, planting, flowering plants, fruits, vegetables, herbs, pests and pesticides, birds, bees and butterflies.