Subjects covered include:
· water quality
· estimating water supply requirements
· how pumps work
· choosing a power source for a pump
· selecting the right pipes
· designing a stock water reticulation system.
All the technical issues are dealt with in plain English, to help people without formal training or experience understand the fundamentals.
This is not a hydraulic engineering textbook, or a substitute for professional advice where appropriate. What this book will give you is the knowledge to make informed decisions in many situations where people often make expensive guesses. Just as importantly, the knowledge in this book will help you to work more effectively with industry professionals like your local pump supplier.
Table of contents:
What do you want water for? How much water do you need? Storage, Water supply, Peak flow, Choose the right pump.
Creeks and rivers: Reliability, Controlled access, Licensing.
Underground water: Where does it come from? Licenses, Some important terms, Costs.
Where do you want the water? Head, Lift.
How do pumps work? Centrifugal pumps, Positive displacement pumps, Hydraulic ram, Know your pump job.
Can a pump do what you need? Reading a pump curve or chart.
How will you power your pump? Mains electricity, Petrol and diesel engines, Solar power, Wind power, Other power sources.
Carrying water: Pipe Poly pipe, PVC pipe, Pipe diameter.
Pump set up: Installing the pump, Protect the suction line, Priming the centrifugal pump, Water hammer.
Fittings: Around the pump, For the pipes.
Tanks and troughs
Stock water and farm planning: Where to place the water, Case study, Placing troughs, Farm dams, Management, Community benefits.
Putting it all together: Designing a farm water supply, Water supply and paddocks.
Jennifer Laffan has written many publications and training resources for the NSW Department of Primary Industries, including others in the AgGuide series.
Managing Water on China's Farms: Institutions, Policies and the Transformation of Irrigation under Scarcityis a comprehensive and current look at the water shortage problems in China. While China has emerged as a major player in the world economy, water is the most critical factor that limits the country’s further growth. China’s growing water problems also have a large impact worldwide, with public health as well as economic impacts. If China were to rely heavily on food produced outside of China, the massive volume of food imports would raise food prices internationally. This book examines a series of water issues, beginning with a description of the water shortage problems in China, particularly in the northern part of the country. It then looks at the government and farmers' responses and whether past policies have been effective in resolving the water problems.
Managing Water on China’s Farmsdocuments the change of existing and new water management institutional forms over time and across provinces throughout northern China, and then assesses the impacts of these changes in the rural sector. Finally, it examines potential solutions that the research has uncovered, answering the question: Who can build the bridge over China’s troubled waters? Using analyses from information collected firsthand in China’s rural villages, the series of surveys covers diverse geographic regions that are representative of north China and includes perspectives from multiple stakeholders such as village leaders, water managers, and farmers. The policy-oriented research and rich analysis in this book make it of interest to both policy makers and researchers with a focus on China water problems. This book can also be used in a Master or Ph.D. level resource economics course.Uses case studies including problem, factors, proposed solutions, and pros and cons of each to facilitate translational learning and applicationUses analyses of firsthand data collected from sources of irrigation water, irrigation systems, and water usersCovers governance and operation and maintenance (O and M) practicesProvides an informative, quantitative, and rigorous analysis of survey resultsProvides practical and valuable data, including the detailed micro-level data that enables estimating strategies
· Electric fences—can they help you?
· How they work
· Planning the fence
· Reinforcing fences
· Temporary fences
· Building the fence
· Testing the fence
· Special circumstances
· Training paddocks
· Animals controlled
· Step by step construction
· Useful terms and definitions
This book is a companion title to AgGuide – Fencing.
AgGuides are compiled by highly regarded industry experts to provide easy to follow advice on agriculture and support the Tocal College external study program for agriculture.
This book is an industry resource designed to build industry confidence, capacity and capability particularly in commercial goat milk production. It provides comprehensive information on animal husbandry, health and welfare, infrastructure, and quality milk production and handling. Case studies and examples are provided, as well as resources for further information.
This publication was produced by Tocal College and the NSW Department of Primary Industries in association with AgriFutures Australia. AgriFutures Australia is the trading name for Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC), a statutory authority of the Federal Government established by the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989.
Table of contents:
PART 1 BUYING AND BUILDING THE HERD
CHAPTER 1 Dairy goat breeds in Australia
CHAPTER 2 Planning for productivity
PART 2 ANIMAL HUSBANDRY PRACTICES
CHAPTER 3 Milking management
CHAPTER 4 Handling the breeding stock
CHAPTER 5 Husbandry practices
CHAPTER 6 Responses of goats to handling
PART 3 ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELFARE
CHAPTER 7 The cost of disease
CHAPTER 8 Diseases and pests
PART 4 NUTRITION
CHAPTER 9 Ruminant digestion
CHAPTER 10 The well-fed herd
PART 5 FARM BIOSECURITY
CHAPTER 11 Buying goats
CHAPTER 12 On-farm quarantine
PART 6 INFRASTRUCTURE AND SHED REQUIREMENTS
CHAPTER 13 Buildings
PART 7 QUALITY ASSURANCE
CHAPTER 14 Milk quality
PART 8 MARKET SPECIFICATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES
CHAPTER 15 Marketing
APPENDIX 1 Case studies
APPENDIX 2 Vegetation effects on milk quality
APPENDIX 3 Toxins of plant and fungal origin occurring in milk
APPENDIX 4 Industry bodies
There is a growing demand for organic produce, and this book explores the value-adding benefits of organic practices in farming, economically and environmentally. With a scientific background and a wide range of real world case studies, this book will help you consider different methods of organic farming and how to implement them. It will show you how to farm in a way that cares for the environment, without using synthetic chemicals.
See Organic Farming: an introduction for a thorough overview of composting, earthworms, managing pests and diseases, farm management considerations, converting to organics and certification.
Other titles in this series:
Organic Farming: An introduction
Organic Farming: Livestock