Enjoying a relaxed rural lifestyle on a small farm is the dream of many New Zealanders. But running a few sheep and goats on even a modest block can be anything but relaxing if you don't have the farming know how or experience, and don't recognise the many problems that can occur with livestock and plants. This book has all the answers. Specifically written for New Zealand conditions, it is filled with practical advice on everything small farmers need to know to make their dream a successful reality.
Penguin NZ, Auckland, 2009. Softback. 214 pages. NEW.
A practical book for bio-dynamic farmers and gardeners that can be read with profit by all interested in healthy agricultural practice.
The Lanthorn Press, East Grinstead, UK, 1991. Softback. 72 pages. NEW.
All the information you need to successfully keep chickens, from choosing breeds and hatching chicks to building coops and keeping birds healthy and safe from predators. This thoroughly revised third edition contains a new chapter on training chickens and understanding their intelligence, expanded coverage of hobby farming, new information on avian influenza and fowl first aid.
Storey Publishing, New Adams, Mass, USA, 2010. Softback. 448 pages. NEW
Useful information on poultry keeping for the average family interested in having fresh healthy eggs all year round, including housing, food and water and daily care.
New Holland Publishing, Auckland, 2009. Softback. 128 pages. NEW
Provides practical advice on setting up and maintaining a healthy hen house, poultry diseases, egg incubation and care for over 70 different breeds.
David & Charles Ltd., Newton Abbot, UK. Softback. 175 pages. NEW
First issued in 1941 this book enabled the meagre official wartime rations to be supplimented in thousands of homes. Everything is here that the small scale raiser of rabbits or poultry needs to know, whether for egg production or table use: buying, housing, feeding, breeding, diseases, all are fully dealt with by experts, the instructions being given in simple and practical language for the beginner.
Penguin NZ, Auckland, 2008. Paperback. 170 pages. NEW.
Covers many breeds including heritage and rare breeds, care and feeding instructions and various other tips and hints on keeping poultry.
Storey Publishing, New Adams, MA, USA. Softback. 454 pages. NEW
Introduces the 100 most common breeds of bird and provides comprehensive advise on how to care for them and how to keep them happy and productive in your own backyard.
A. and C. Black, London, 2010. Hardback with dust jacket. 192 pages. NEW
Aimed at serious breeders and exhibitors and covers choice of breeds, housing and equipment, nutrition, incubation, broody hens and incubators, chick rearing, show bird training, selection and breeding systems and health and disease.
The Crowood Press, Hungerford, UK, 2005. Hardback with dust jacket. 144 pages. NEW
Storey's Guide is the one book you need to help you raise healthy, productive animals. This comprehensive guide includes instructions for turning goat milk into profirable cheese, yogurt, kefir, and butter.
Storey Publishing, North Adams, USA, 2001. Softback. 296 pages. NEW.
This is an intimate guide to beekeeping that clearly details holistic methods aimed at hive health. The honeybee faces many affronts to its immune system, making it all the more imperative that local farmers and gardeners learn ways to assist the honeybee. Ross Conrad lays out the ways bees should be kept.
Softback. 246 pages. NEW.
Combining fine photography and engaging text, this book follows the journey from flower to hive to honey throughout history and includes chapters on beekeeping, how hives work, turning nectar into honey, and why the well-being of the honey bee is vital to us all.
Timber Press, London, 2009. Hardback. 163 pages. NEW.
This is a guide to all aspects of beekeeping, from the tools and equipment needed for setting up a hive to detailed advice on when to harvest honey, and honey inspired recipes, frm cakes to beauty products.
New Holland Publishers, London, 2009. Softback. 128 pages. NEW.
Based on careful observation and years of experience the author reveals the secret life of bees. He looks at all aspects of a bee's life and work and vividly describes their remarkable world.
Floris Books, Edinburgh, 2007. Softback. 138 pages. NEW.
In 1923 Rudolf Steiner predicted the dire state of the honeybee today. He said then that in fifty to eighty years we would see the concequences of mechanizing the forces that had previously operated organically in the beehive, such as the practice of artificially breeding queen bees. These lectures describe the unconscious wisdom contained in the beehive and its connection to our experience of health, culture and the cosmos. Interesting reading for anyone interested in healing the contemporary crisis of the beehive.
Anthroposophic Press, Gt. Barrington, USA, 1998. Softback. 222 pages. NEW.
WISDOM OF THE BEES, Principles of Biodynamic Beekeeping. Erik Berrevoets revisits Rudolf Steiner's seminal lectures on bees and examines them in light of today's dire situation where we are confronted by a serious decline in honeybee numbers around the world. A practical introduction to biodynamic beekeeping.
Anthroposophic Press, Gt. Barrington, USA, 2009. Softback. 152 pages. NEW
Honeybee Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper by C. Marina Marchese. In 1999 the author abandoned the rat race to become a beekeeper and honey entrepreneur. A thoroughly engaging book packed with everything you'd ever want to know about bees.
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, New York, 2009. Hardback with dust-jacket, illustrated, 256 pages. NEW
This revised and expanded edition describes all you need to know to start and maintain a healthy bee colony. If you already have experience it will help to refine and develop your skills. The author was a professor of apiculture at Cornell University and has kept bees for more than 50 years. Illustrated.
The Countryman Press, Woodstock, USA. Softback. 207 pages. NEW.
The first new edition since 1997, fully updated and post varroa, the only comprehensive guide to keeping bees in New Zealand. For both commercial and amateur beekeepers.
Exisle Publishing, Auckland, 2011. Hardback, no dust jacket as published. 285 pages. NEW
A practical guide to understanding horse psychology, advice on first bridling and fitting a bit, preparing a young horse for riding and schooling older horses, dealing with bad habits and using specialist tack.
Storey Publishing, North Adams, USA, 2010. Softback. 493 pages. NEW