Bees are an essential part of our natural world and their importance in pollinating our food crops cannot be overstated. Over a third of the world's food is dependent upon pollinators, of which the honey bee Apis mellifera is possibly the most important. This informative book introduces newcomers ..
Pulling carts around the farm or serving as loyal pack animals, goats are naturally hardworking and make for friendly companions. This straightforward guide teaches you how to choose, house, feed, train, and breed the best goats for your space and needs. Whether you want to churn out fresh dairy pro..
This guidebook to the essential tools and skills needed for basic welding teaches even the novice everything they need to know to do it themselves, with projects and techniques specially tailored for farm and ranch equipment fabrication and repairs. Farmers, ranchers, and homesteaders who know how ..
Keep your own bees and enjoy delicious golden honey from your own backyard. With his respect and admiration for bees evident on every page, Richard E. Bonney describes how to acquire bees, manage a hive, prevent and treat diseases, and extract a crop of honey. Enthusiastic beekeepers of every stripe..
Save time and money by building your own beekeeping equipment. Tony Pisano provides step-by-step illustrated instructions showing you how to build hive bodies, supers, covers, stands, frames, swarm catchers, feeders, and more using basic hand tools and easy-to-find materials. Learn to craft equipmen..
Learn how to humanely slaughter cattle and butcher your own beef. In this straightforward guide, Adam Danforth provides clear instructions and step-by-step photography of the entire butchering process, from creating the right preslaughter conditions through killing, skinning, keeping cold, breaking ..
This step-by-step photographic guide teaches small-scale farmers and poultry raisers everything they need to know to safely and humanely slaughter and butcher chickens. The space, setup, and equipment required to raise and process poultry are minimal when compared to other types of livestock, which..
You can provide the day-to-day medical care required to keep your cattle healthy and thriving. In this practical guide, Heather Smith Thomas provides easy-to-execute solutions for a variety of common medical situations that can afflict your animals, including bacterial diseases, parasites, and nutri..
With the interest in small-scale, local-food farm production continuing to expand, Compact Farms speaks to the many new farmers who want to make a living on a small plot of land, with 15 detailed plans adapted from actual, successful farms ranging from .25 to 5 acres in both rural and urban location..
This in-depth practical guide teaches farmers, ranchers, and gardeners special techniques for managing rainfall and water most efficiently and reducing the impact of drought and increasingly unpredictable weather conditions on crops and livestock. Minimising the negative effects of drought depends ..