Farm Water: AgGuide - A Practical Handbook

NSW Agriculture
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 This book is for anyone who wants the best from their water supplies in a rural area. It gives an introduction to the technical problems involved in domestic and livestock water supplies, but is written for the non-engineer. 

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.

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About the author

Jennifer Laffan has written many publications and training resources for the NSW Department of Primary Industries, including others in the AgGuide series.

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Publisher
NSW Agriculture
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Published on
Dec 1, 2015
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Pages
136
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ISBN
9781742563350
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Language
English
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Genres
Reference / General
Technology & Engineering / Agriculture / General
Technology & Engineering / Environmental / Water Supply
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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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:

Overview

Preface

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

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