The Good Life has never been so popular. More and more of us are searching for the perfect rural idyll our very own piece of the countryside where we can live side by side with nature; produce our own food; and have a degree of control over what we eat. Written by an experienced and successful smallholder; the Smallholding Manual is ideal for existing landowners as well as those contemplating a move to the countryside. Unlike previous books in this genre; it takes the reader right from that all-important Step 1 finding the perfect smallholding to creating a viable lifestyle. It offers a complete introduction to the myriad potential land uses and provides clear; step-by-step guides to getting to grips with enjoying a new; more fulfilling lifestyle. Taking on a smallholding: pros and cons; commitment needed; financing the move. Finding the perfect place: importance of location; land needed; common pitfalls. Getting ready: learning new skills; planning how you will manage your land. Legal requirements: getting registered; dealing with red tape; livestock regulations. Essential equipment: finding the best kit to make light work of chores; health and safety. Growing fruit and veg: improving soil; extending the growing season; planting an orchard. Your first livestock: buying; caring for and rearing animals for meat. Growing feed for livestock: care of grassland; making silage and haylage. Selling your produce: regulations involved; direct sales; farmers markets. Wildlife-friendly farming: biodiversity; habitat maintenance and creation. Showing your livestock: getting started; preparation; using shows to promote your stock.
Sheep have to be one of the most versatile livestock animals on the planet. All-in-one grazing and fertilising machines; they provide meat and milk for our tables; wool for clothing; carpets; and insulation; skins for leather and rugs; and a whole host of other products.If you have recently acquired sheep or are thinking of starting a small flock; this book is for you. The Sheep Manual is a quick-reference; up-to-date; and easy-to-read guide which helps you choose the right breed for your land; provides essential health and welfare information; and guides you through your first breeding and lambing season.
This book; the latest innovative Haynes Manual; will provide a complete and easy-to-understand reference for the growing band of people wishing to keep their own chickens for both food and pleasure. Pitched at the novice but also containing plenty to interest the experienced chicken-keeper; the book will contain no-nonsense advice; tips; facts and step-by step sequences; as well as plenty of relevant photographs and diagrams. As more people keep chickens nowadays than at any time since the Second World War; this book is a timely addition to the Haynes range.
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