Small-Scale Livestock Farming: A Grass-Based Approach for Health, Sustainability, and Profit (Google eBook)

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Storey Publishing, Nov 10, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 192 pages
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Carol Ekarius' natural, organic approach to livestock management produces healthier animals, reduces feed and health care costs, and maximizes your profit. Includes case studies of successful farmers, nitty-gritty details of every facet of livestock farming, and fascinating insights on how to work with nature instead of against it.

  

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User Review  - Nathan Ryan - Goodreads

A really great guide to pasture livestock. Both practical and immensely detailed, this lady knows her stuff. From financial planning, to holistic management overview, to pasture monitoring, to marketing, to animal husbandry, this book has it all. Read full review

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Great reference book with nice little stories in-between. Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER 10
Legal Process
Laws and Regulations
Challenging Regulations
Liability
CHAPTER 11
Yields
Cutting Orders

Overview of the Holistic Management Model
CHAPTER 4
Grass Reproduction
Feeding the Grass
Managing Peak Growth
Rejuvenating Old Pastures
Converting Farmed Fields to Pasture
Fencing Materials and Techniques
Multispecies Grazing
PART II
CHAPTER 5
Domestication
Breeds and Genetic Diversity
Breeding and Genetics
Emotions and Senses
Training and Handling
Purchasing Livestock
CHAPTER 6
Water
Composition of Feeds
Digestion
Food Requirements
Economy Feeding
Poisonous Plants and Feeds
Feeding Babies
CHAPTER 7
Windbreaks
Handling Facilities
Sacrific Areas
CHAPTER 8
Professional Help
Causes of Health Problems
Natural Defenses
The Power of Observation
Alternative Health Practices
Reproduction
Restraint
PART III
CHAPTER 9
Conventional Markets
Alternative Marketing
Group Marketing
Niches
Marketing Venues
Developing a Clientele
Maintaining a Clientele
Developing a Marketing Plan
Pricing
Butchering Poultry
PART IV
CHAPTER 12
Planning as a Process
Holistic Guidelines
NaySayers
Example Farms
Calculations
CHAPTER 13
Balance Sheets
Land
Opportunity Cost
ZeroBased Budgeting
Cost of Production
Profit
Developing Your Own Plan
Monitoring Money
CHAPTER 14
The Grazing Plan
Biological Cycles
Estimating Forage Budgets
Developing Your Grazing Plan
The Landscape Plan
CHAPTER 15
Daily Records
Monitoring Forage Quantity
Monitoring Forage Intake
Weather Trouble
Stock Density
Paddock Sizing
LongTerm Monitoring
Appendix A
Cattle
Chickens
Goats
Horses
Pigs
Sheep
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F
Equivalents
Index
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Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Carol Ekarius is the co-author of The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook and the author of several books, including Storey’s Guide to Raising Sheep (with Paula Simmons), Small-Scale Livestock Farming, Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds, and  Storey’s Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep, Goats, Cattle, and Pigs. She lives in the mountains of Colorado where her four-legged and winged family keeps her busy. 

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