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Salad Bar Beef
Joel Salatin

Polyface, 1996

In a day when beef is assailed by many environmental organizations and lauded by fast-food chains, a new paradigm to bring reason to this confusion is in order. With farmers leaving the land in droves and plows poised to "reclaim" set-aside acres, it is time to offer an alternative that is both land and farmer friendly. Beyond that, the salad bar beef production model offers hope to rural communities, to struggling row-crop farmers, and to ...


Storey's Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep, Goats, Cattle and Pigs: 163 Breeds from Common to Rare
Carol Ekarius

Storey Publishing, LLC, 2008

From the large-tailed Karakul sheep to the wrinkled Fengjing pig, North America is home to an extraordinary array of livestock breeds. Finally, a single resource offers detailed information about both common and heritage breeds: Storey's Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep, Goats, Cattle, and Pigs . This attractive, at-a-glance reference, written by one of America's foremost livestock experts, covers 194 of North America's most significant breeds ...


Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money
Erik Marcus

Brio Press, 2005

Meat Market elevates the debate over animal agriculture. Erik Marcus exposes and clears away the exaggerated claims and counterclaims put forth by the meat industry and its opponents. In the process, Marcus presents a thorough examination of animal agriculture's cruelties and its far-reaching social costs. Marcus then considers the discouraging progress made by the animal protection movement. He evaluates where the movement has gone wrong, ...


The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition

Sasquatch Books, 2012

The bestselling resource for modern homesteading, growing and preserving foods, and raising chickens, The Encyclopedia of Country Living includes how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animals, make sausage, can peaches, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, build a chicken coop, catch a pig, cook on a wood stove, and much, much more. This comprehensive resource is the most authoritative guide available to a ...


Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food

Touchstone, 2008

Leading animal rights activist Gene Baur examines the real cost of the meat on our plates -- for both humans and animals alike -- in this provocative and thorough examination of the modern farm industry. Many people picture cows, sheep, pigs, and chickens as friendly creatures who live happily within the confines of a peaceful family farm, arriving as food for humans only at the end of their sun-drenched lives. That's what Gene Baur had ...


The Conscientious Marine Aquarist: A Commonsense Handbook for Successful Saltwater Hobbyists
Robert M. Fenner

TFH Publications, 2001

Drawing upon a lifetime of aquatic experience, marine biologist Bob Fenner demystifies the process of planning, setting up, stocking, and managing a beautiful, thriving slice of the tropical ocean. A leading advocate for the responsible collection and care of wild-caught specimens, Fenner starts with the basics and proceeds to give the reader the scientific background and expert-level secrets to being a smarter consumer, better reef steward, ...


Humane Livestock Handling: Understanding livestock behavior and building facilities for healthier animals
Temple Grandin, 2007


Beatrice's Goat
Page McBrier

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001

More than anything, Beatrice longs to be a schoolgirl. But in her small African village, only children who can afford uniforms and books can go to school. Beatrice knows that with six children to care for, her family is much too poor. But then Beatrice receives a wonderful gift from some people far away -- a goat! Fat and sleek as a ripe mango, Mugisa (which means "luck") gives milk that Beatrice can sell. With Mugisa's help, it looks as if ...


How to Raise Goats
Carol Amundson

Voyageur Press, 2008

As pets or livestock, goats are increasingly popular animals on farms large and small. Easier and cheaper to keep than many larger animals, they will keep a pony company, pull a cart, and produce the perfect milk for many artisan cheeses or meat for some of the most up-and-coming ethnic cuisines. For anyone thinking of acquiring a goat or starting a herd--for whatever reason--this book is an essential resource. Written by an authority on goat ...


Wild Cow Tales
Ben K. Green

Afred A. Knopf, 1974

Eighth printing.


Essential Guide to Calving: Giving Your Beef or Dairy Herd a Healthy Start
Heather Smith Thomas

Storey Publishing, LLC, 2008

Every cattle farmer — from the keeper of a family milk cow to the rancher overseeing a large herd — will gain confidence and control by becoming more knowledgeable about calving. Healthy pregnancies, safe births, and thriving calves are critical to every cattle operation, and in remote farm locations, the veterinarian is not always readily available. Even if the vet is nearby, the farm's finances will be healthier if the farmer can oversee ...


Comfortably Unaware: What We Choose to Eat Is Killing Us and Our Planet

Beaufort Books, 2012

In Comfortably Unaware , Dr. Richard Oppenlander tackles the crucial issue of global depletion as it relates to food choice. We should all be committed, he tells us, to understanding the reality and consequences of our diet, the footprint it makes on our environment, and seek food products that are in the best interest of all living things. His forthright information and stark mental images are often disturbing-and that's how it should be. As ...


Our Farm

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013

Maya the cow, J.D. the piglet, Hilda the sheep, and a dozen more animals all speak directly to the reader, showing off their unique personalities in this wonderful collection of poems. Master watercolorist Robert Rahway Zakanitch provides a portrait that perfectly captures the essence of each creature. Together the poems and paintings add up to a picture of life on the friendliest farm around. Maya Gottfried based her poems on real animals from ...


American Barn (Motorbooks Classic)
Randy Leffingwell

MBI, 2003

This paperback reissue of Randy Leffingwell's popular The American Barn presents a colorful look at this classic American structure and its evolution through the years. Readers will travel from the East Coast to the American West, from the 1600s to modern times, and will relish the stunning photography that depicts everything the stone barns of hard-scrabble Maine to thoroughbred barns of lush bluegrass regions to traditional gambrel-roofed red ...


Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation

University of Chicago Press, 2003

Wolves are some of the world's most charismatic and controversial animals, capturing the imaginations of their friends and foes alike. Highly intelligent and adaptable, they hunt and play together in close-knit packs, sometimes roaming over hundreds of square miles in search of food. Once teetering on the brink of extinction across much of the United States and Europe, wolves have made a tremendous comeback in recent years, thanks to legal ...


The Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone
Thomas McNamee

Holt Paperbacks, 1998

A New York Times Notable Book The inside account of the environmental story of the decade Early in this century, U.S. government agents trapped, poisoned, or shot every wolf they could track down in and around Yellowstone National Park. By 1926, not one wolf was left alive. After generations of struggle between the wolf's friends and foes, the wolf was returned to Yellowstone in January of 1995. Thomas McNamee chronicles the drama of the ...


The Wolf Almanac
Robert H. Busch

The Lyons Press, 1998

Covers the natural history of the wolf, its role as a predator, and its interaction with humans, and discusses the wolf's current status around the world.


So Much Sky

Studio G, 2011

In her delicious new collection of essays, “So Much Sky,” now available on, author Karen Weir-Jimerson,, offers up bite-sized gems that view modern life through a rural lens. Many of these pieces were originally published in the author’s popular “Slow Lane” column for Country Home magazine, and seeing them here collected one is convinced that the column was aptly named. Time does indeed seem to slow as ...


Forages, Volume 1: An Introduction to Grassland Agriculture (Volume I)

Wiley, 2003

The sixth edition of "Forages, Volume I", highlights plant adaptation and the complexity of forage management by integrating soil, climate, and herbivory factors with production goals. This exceptional sourcebook has been extensively reconfigured to address the needs of today's undergraduate student and provide a foundation for problem solving and decision making in forage management. Sidebars and study questions will aid student review and ...


How to Not go Broke Ranching

Walt Davis, 2011

How to Not go Broke Ranching is the irreverent and sometimes humorous effort of a multi generation rancher to help people keep from making all of the mistakes that he made in fifty + years of ranching. It is drawn from real life though some names are changed or not given to protect the guilty. The vast majority of ranches in the United States, whether commercial or life style, are neither profitable nor sustainable; the author explains why ...



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