The book contains step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and full-colour pictures.
Some of the skills included are:
• Catch and Restrain
Jennifer Laffan has written many publications and training resources for the NSW Department of Primary Industries, including others in the AgSkills series.
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
· Pregnancy, birthing and neonatal problems
· Biosecurity, record keeping and transport
· Alpaca shows
· Management planner
Table of contents
· General safety
· Weeds: Part of the problem
· Pathogens: Part of the problem
· Nematodes: Part of the problem
· Insects: Part of the problem
· Inspect machinery and support vehicles
· Identify and report unusual weeds, disease or pest signs
· Sampling procedure
· Clean machinery and support vehicles
· Dispose of contaminated soil and plant matter
· Prevention and control of weeds, pests and disease
Dairy Agskills provides a basic guide to some of the skills and practices of dairy production. The book contains step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and full-colour pictures.
A practical guide to animal welfare, safety, quality assurance, milking, feeding, health, and management of a dairy herd. Includes calf rearing, breeding and waste disposal systems.
Dairy AgSkills is part of the AgSkills series: books that provide clear explanations about a wide range of practical tasks performed in farming. Industry personnel and departmental officers have been involved in compiling these AgSkills.
General Safety Precautions
Quality Assurance for Dairy
Milking Dairy Cows
Health and Welfare
Managing Calving Cows
Operating and Maintaining a Dairy Waste System
What Is A Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)?
· 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
Read an Interview with Dr. Resh here
With Dr. Howard Resh’s help, you’ll learn:
Background information on how hydroponics evolved The nutritional and environmental demands of plants and how to control these factors How to provide formulations of nutrients optimal to the plants you wish to grow The many different hydroponic systems you can purchase or build for yourself Designs for different types of greenhouses with components to fit your personal taste and budget Crop selection and step-by-step procedures, including seeding, transplanting, training, pest and disease control, and harvesting—along with when to plant and when to change crops How you can grow microgreens on your kitchen counter
The book includes an appendix with sources of seeds and other supplies, along with helpful websites and lists of books, articles, and conferences on growing hydroponically and caring for your crops. By following the guidelines in this book, you’ll understand everything you need to know to get your home-growing operation up and running in no time.
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