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Small-Scale Livestock Farming: A Grass-Based Approach for Health, Sustainability, and Profit Paperback – January 10, 1999
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“…the quintessential primer for rural families who want to take a step toward independence and increase their earnings…"
From the Back Cover
Yes, you can have a prosperous farm and achieve the lifestyle of your dreams -- and farming expert Carol Ekarius will show you how. Small farms can pay big dividends, Ekarius explains, but hard work alone isn't enough: Success demands knowledge and effective management.
Ekarius's natural, organic approach to livestock management produces healthier animals, reduces feed and healthcare costs, and maximizes your profit. Through case studies of successful farmers, nitty-gritty details on every facet of livestock farming, and fascinating insights for working with nature instead of against it, you'll learn to make your farm thrive.
Small-Scale Livestock Farming will help you:
* Determine what you want from your farming life (even if your farm is simply a few backyard animals)
* Choose suitable livestock
* Understand housing, fencing, and feeding needs of livestock
* Learn about reproducing stock and caring for your animals' health
* Investigate conventional and cutting-edge market strategies
* Create a complete financial and biological farm plan
* Make decisions that are good for you, for your animals, and for your land
Top Customer Reviews
We Springers are fifth generation Colorado ranchers. We are trying desperately not to go belly up. We want a sixth generation to know the joys of watching a calf come into this world, drink the product from a cow they milked, smell alfalfa in bloom, herd the cattle to summer pasture and sleep sound after a hard day of solid work Yet, we no longer have a home place. We are living off leases; we are displaced ranchers.
We have been muddling along going to seminars (a little disjointed) trying to find out how to stay in this industry. This book put it all together, what we know, what we learned and what we are learning. It put a lot of things in focus for us. We had thought of the beginning farmers as green horns; horning in on our way of life. This sounds a bit corny but I think they might just save us: Save America from corporate agriculture. Our land will be healthier and so will the population that lives off of it.
I believe for the beginner this book is a must. We, multi-generation ranchers have our own language-chickens go on strike, (stop laying), breachy cows (ones that jump fences), in heat (estrus cycle)-that don't make apparent sense. Yet, Carol spells it all out for them. She gives a general heads up about normal health problems, giving examples that range for the simple cure to a bit more technical maneuvers. She further dabbles in alternative health practices. The book lays the ground work for understanding resource books like the Stockman's Handbook.Read more ›
Now, in addition to raising and milking goats, we're able to include pigs and cattle on the same land, creating a more diverse income stream and saving some money on inputs.
The book is practical, with worksheets and farmer profiles, but is inspirational, too!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This books is a good very first primer on the topics in the title. It is very basic, and there is some questionable information in it--particulars about animals. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Antonius Magnus
great for aneyone who is interested in livestock farming
eaven got lots of good info for farmers who are in the business