Beef AgSkills: A Practical Guide to Farm Skills

NSW Agriculture
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Beef AgSkills provides a basic guide to some of the skills and practices of beef production. The book contains step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and full-colour pictures.

Some of the skills included are:

·      Drafting and counting cattle

·      Vaccinating

·      Heat detection

·      Problems with calving

·       Dehorning calves

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Publisher
NSW Agriculture
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Published on
Oct 5, 2011
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Pages
80
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ISBN
9781742562063
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Language
English
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Genres
Technology & Engineering / Agriculture / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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For many new entrants to the alpaca industry a major allure is the thought of breeding these beautiful, intelligent and easily-handled animals. The challenging question that new breeders must ask themselves is “Why do I want to breed alpacas?” This leads to other vital questions – “Huacaya, suri, or both?”; “White, coloured, or a bit of everything?”; “How much do I need to spend?”; “How many should I buy?”

For some people purchasing alpacas, the initial reason is as a small-scale hobby farm. However for many of these people, as they begin to breed and learn more about their alpacas, their focus changes and they use their knowledge to improve the quality of their stock – whether for fibre production, for stud breeding, or with an eye to winning show ribbons.

This book is a basic guide to some of the skills and practices of alpaca production. This guide covers information on alpaca production including health, breeding and farming, nutritional needs and breeding to improve fleece.

Table of contents:

·      The Australian Alpaca industry in Australia

·      Alpaca breeds

·      Farming alpacas

·      Farming alpacas as a breeding enterprise

·      Farming alpacas for meat production

·      Alpacas as guardian animals

·      Alpacas as pets on small acreages

·      Farm infrastructure

·      The digestive system and how it works

·      Alpaca nutrition

·      Pasture and land management

·      Breeding to improve fleece

·      Fleece assessment

·      Preparation of fleece for processing

·      The genetics of alpaca breeding

·      Purchasing decisions

·      Health problems and preparing for the vet

·      Digestive disorders and dental conditions

·      Vitamin and mineral deficiencies

·      Poisoning and liver disease

·      Parasite worms, fluke and ticks

·      Extremes of heat and cold

·      Injuries

·      Pregnancy, birthing and neonatal problems

·      Biosecurity, record keeping and transport

·      Alpaca shows

·      Management planner

The Australian dairy goat sector is an important emerging industry with significant potential. 

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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