Horse Powered Farming for the 21st Century

Horse Powered Farming for the 21st Century
Author : Stephen Leslie
Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing
Total Pages : 401
Release : 2015
ISBN 10 : 9781603586139
ISBN 13 : 160358613X
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Horse Powered Farming for the 21st Century Book Description:

Now is a time of exciting new developments for live animal power. As the numbers of adherents to this way of life grow, ecologically minded farmers in their fields are developing efficient horse-drawn systems, and equipment manufacturers in small shops all across North America and Europe are coming forth with new innovations in ground-drive technology that have us poised on the cusp of another agricultural revolution—with working horses, mules, donkeys, and oxen at the heart of it. --Publisher

Horse Drawn Days

Horse Drawn Days
Author : Jerold W. Apps
Publisher : Wisconsin Historical Society
Total Pages : 216
Release : 2010-06-01
ISBN 10 : 9780870204456
ISBN 13 : 0870204459
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Horse Drawn Days Book Description:

Before tractors or steam engines arrived on the farm, horses did all the heavy work. From spring plowing to the fall harvest, the mighty draft horse powered farms across the Midwest. Relied upon to complete a multitude of tasks, including towing threshing machines and plows, hauling milk to the local cheese factory, and pulling the family buggy to church each Sunday, these animals were at the center of farm life, cementing the bond between human and horse. Horse-Drawn Days: A Century of Farming with Horses captures stories of rural life at a time when a team of horses was a vital part of the farm family. Author Jerry Apps pairs lively historic narrative with reminiscences about his boyhood on the family farm in Wisconsin to paint a vivid picture of a bygone time. Featuring fascinating historic photos, ads, and posters, plus contemporary color photos of working horses today, Horse-Drawn Days evokes the majesty of these animals and illuminates the horse’s role in our country’s early history and our rural heritage.

The New Horse Powered Farm

The New Horse Powered Farm
Author : Stephen Leslie
Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing
Total Pages : 346
Release : 2013
ISBN 10 : 9781603584166
ISBN 13 : 1603584161
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The New Horse Powered Farm Book Description:

The New Horse-Powered Farm is the first book of its kind, offering wisdom and techniques for using horse power on the small farm or homestead. It sets the stage for incorporating draft power on the farm by presenting necessary information for experienced and novice teamsters alike, including getting started with workhorses; the merits of different draft breeds; various training systems for the horse and teamster; haying with horses, seeding crops, and raising small grains; in-depth coverage of tools and systems; and managing a woodlot, farm economics, education, agritourism, and more. It's a must-have resource for any farmer, homesteader, or teamster seeking to work with draft power in a closed-loop farming system.

The Last Horsemen

The Last Horsemen
Author : Charles Bowden
Publisher : Andre Deutsch Limited
Total Pages : 242
Release : 2001
ISBN 10 : 0233050035
ISBN 13 : 9780233050034
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last Horsemen Book Description:

The Last Horsemen is the inspiring story of John Dodd and his family, who have lived on Sillywrae Farm—the last farm in Britain to be worked by horses—for more than 150 years. Telling the inspirational story of a year in the life of John Dodd, his family, and the farm, this book compellingly evokes the beauty of the countryside. With a farming industry that seems to lurch from crisis to crisis, learning from people who have chosen an alternative way of life becomes ever more important. The Last Horsemen is a truly inspirational opportunity to view first-hand scenes rarely played out in Britain's countryside in the 21st century.

The Art and Science of Grazing

The Art and Science of Grazing
Author : Sarah Flack
Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing
Total Pages : 240
Release : 2016-06-07
ISBN 10 : 9781603586115
ISBN 13 : 1603586113
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Art and Science of Grazing Book Description:

Grazing management might seem simple: just put livestock in a pasture and let them eat their fill. However, as Sarah Flack explains in The Art and Science of Grazing, the pasture/livestock relationship is incredibly complex. If a farmer doesn’t pay close attention to how the animals are grazing, the resulting poorly managed grazing system can be harmful to the health of the livestock, pasture plants, and soils. Well-managed pastures can instead create healthier animals, a diverse and resilient pasture ecosystem, and other benefits. Flack delves deeply below the surface of “let the cows eat grass,” demonstrating that grazing management is a sophisticated science that requires mastery of plant and animal physiology, animal behavior, and ecology. She also shows readers that applying grazing management science on a working farm is an art form that calls on grass farmers to be careful observers, excellent planners and record-keepers, skillful interpreters of their observations, and creative troubleshooters. The Art and Science of Grazing will allow farmers to gain a solid understanding of the key principles of grazing management so they can both design and manage successful grazing systems. The book’s unique approach presents information first from the perspective of pasture plants, and then from the livestock perspective—helping farmers understand both plant and animal needs before setting up a grazing system. This book is an essential guide for ruminant farmers who want to be able to create grazing systems that meet the needs of their livestock, pasture plants, soils, and the larger ecosystem. The book discusses all the practical details that are critical for sustained success: how to set up a new system or improve existing systems; acreage calculations; paddock layout; fence and drinking water access; lanes and other grazing infrastructure; managing livestock movement and flow; soil fertility; seeding and reseeding pastures; and more. The author includes descriptions of real grazing systems working well on dairy, beef, goat, and sheep farms in different regions of North America. The book covers pasture requirements specific to organic farming, but will be of use to both organic and non-organic farms.

The Gleaner Revised 2nd Edition

The Gleaner  Revised   2nd Edition
Author : Stephen Leslie
Publisher : CreateSpace
Total Pages : 460
Release : 2012-06-18
ISBN 10 : 1515344614
ISBN 13 : 9781515344612
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Gleaner Revised 2nd Edition Book Description:

A Vermont farm boy makes his way across the continent meeting Amish folk, migrant farm workers, Native Americans, people who are living out their lives still connected to the working landscape amid the tectonic shifts of the 1960's counterculture. Family tragedy has driven Danny Sweeney away from home. He gleans nourishment from new experiences and relationships as he moves from late adolescence into young manhood; from self-abandonment to self-discovery. The Gleaner is a paean to our lost heritage, our vital connection to land and working animals and to the Earth itself.

So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader

So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader
Author : Kirsten Lie-Nielsen
Publisher : New Society Publishers
Total Pages : 192
Release : 2018-12-11
ISBN 10 : 9781771422802
ISBN 13 : 1771422807
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader Book Description:

The “look before you leap” guide to the joys and pitfalls of the rural good life. Dreams of self-sufficiency, independence, and tranquility continue to pull in a new generation of modern homesteaders. While growing your own food and being in charge of your life is the source of much satisfaction, there are many challenges to living away from modern conveniences. Written by an experienced modern homesteader who successfully made the leap, So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader? offers an in-depth examination of what you need to consider before moving “back to the land.” Drawing from a deep well of experience, this essential guide covers: Romance versus the reality of rural living Finding the right property Building versus bootstrapping Practical “must-have” skills Earning and income and farming on a budget Creating community Seasonal living Children and schooling Social media, the internet and rural life. Whether you are dreaming of moving to the country for peace and an escape from the daily grind, to provide a different lifestyle for your children, or you’re already long-established in the country, this complete and realistic guide is the essential resource to help you achieve success as a modern homesteader.

The Horse in Husbandry

The Horse in Husbandry
Author : Jonathan Brown
Publisher : Diamond Farm Book Publications
Total Pages : 112
Release : 1991
ISBN 10 : 085236217X
ISBN 13 : 9780852362174
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Horse in Husbandry Book Description:

It is 35 to 40 years since the demise of horse power on the farm. The passing of the farm horse seemed to many to be the end of something that had lasted since time immemorial, for horses had been used in British farming for a thousand years or thereabouts. In another sense the age of horse-powered farming was short-lived, for it reached its peak with the agricultural revolution and mechanization of arable farming of the late-18th and 19th centuries. By the 1920s the finely developed management of horse power on the land was already beginning to break down under the pressures of economy in labour and then of the introduction of tractors. It is the horse-powered farming of the final era, from the late-18th century onwards, that is the subject of this book. Over 100 contemporary illustrations are included in this book. development of the final age of horse power on the land, and something of how that system of farming worked. Predominantly it is the arable and mixed-husbandry systems, such as sheep and corn, that are the main concern, as these were the types on which horse power was most concentrated. Pastoral farming had less need for horses, so geographically, western regions are less well represented. result, it is necessary to deal mainly in the general, although there were at least as many common strands as there were local differences in the management of horse-powered farming.

Horse Power and Magic

Horse Power and Magic
Author : George Ewart Evans
Publisher : Faber & Faber
Total Pages : 246
Release : 2012-03-15
ISBN 10 : 9780571287062
ISBN 13 : 0571287069
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Horse Power and Magic Book Description:

The pioneering oral historian, George Ewart Evans, began to record the farming ways of East Anglia in the 1950s by listening to old men and women whose memories went back more than fifty or sixty years. Many were agricultural labourers, born before the turn of the century, who had worked on farms before the arrival of mechanisation. It was assumed at that time that horses would soon disappear from the farms, and that this was the last chance of recording the part they had played for centuries. It later became clear that this forecast was too pessimistic and in Horse Power and Magic (Faber, 1979) Ewart Evans describes in fascinating detail some important farms where horses continued to be beneficially used more than thirty years later. He discovered that the traditions of the older horsemen had not died out but had been passed on, in only slightly attenuated form, to a younger generation keen to farm with horses, proving that the day of the heavy horse was by no means over. He also describes vividly the ways of horse-tamers whose skills had a touch of 'magic' about them. 'Taking his works a whole, there is no doubt that George Ewart Evans will survive as a fascinating pioneer of the extra-academic recording of human history...he has found a dimension all his own. This is indeed the very stuff of history.' Sunday Times