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Storey's Guide to Raising Miniature Livestock: Health, Handling, Breeding (Storey's Guide to Raising)by Sue Weaver
Synopses & Reviews
Many people want to raise cows, sheep, goats and other livestock, but they don't have the space or the time to maintain a large animal farm. Miniature livestock are the answer. Every bit as useful and adorable as their bigger counterparts, mini livestock are a great option for folks wishing to add a little bit of farm life to their backyard or for farmers looking to diversify their livestock portfolios.
Miniature livestock are so much more than their good looks. Pint-size animals can be exhibited in 4-H events and at state and county fairs, mini sheep can be raised for wool or meat, and little cattle can be milked or raised for beef, more productive per pound than their standard counterparts. Tiny horses, donkeys, cattle, and goats can be trained to pull wagons, and miniature animals work as therapy animals in schools, nursing homes, and hospitals.
While owners have different reasons for raising miniature livestock, they all share a basic need for essential, expert instruction and advice. That need is met with Storey's Guide to Raising Miniature Livestock by Sue Weaver. This is the go-to-guide that takes the mystery out of minis. Breeding, feeding, housing, diet, nutrition, exercise, as well as disease prevention and treatment — new and experienced farmers will find everything they need to keep minis healthy and productive.
A welcomed new edition to Storey's Guide to Raising Series. The essential animal husbandry information from the trusted source. With a combined total of 1.7 million copies in print.
The Super-Size Guide to Miniature Animals
Miniature farm animals have so much more to offer than their adorable appearance. Exhibit pint-size animals at fairs and 4-H events, raise mini sheep for wool or meat, milk little cows and goats, and train tiny horses, donkeys, and mules to pull wagons or work as therapy animals. Whatever your interest in minis, this reliable resource guides you through choosing, caring for, training, and breeding mini horses, donkeys, mules, pigs, cattle, sheep, goats, and llamas.
Why choose miniature animals over full-size?
- Minis thrive on less land.
- Feed and housing costs are significantly lower.
- Handling small animals (hoof trimming, shearing, milking) is easier and safer.
- Minis are profitable! There is a thriving market for the small animals you breed.
Whether you are raising miniature livestock for meat, milk, or fiber, or keeping them as show animals or pets, you need essential, expert instruction and advice. Storey's Guide to Raising Miniature Livestock, by Sue Weaver,
About the Author
Sue Weaver and her husband share their ridgetop farmette in the Ozarks with an array of animal friends, including poultry, sheep, goats, horses, a donkey who thinks she's a horse, two llamas, a pet razorback pig, and two steers--a Jersey-Holstein and a water buffalo. Her many books include The Backyard Cow, The Backyard Goat, Storey's Guide to Raising Miniature Livestock, and The Donkey Companion.
Table of Contents
Why Raise Miniature Livestock?
Section 1: Raising Miniature Livestock
1 Before You Begin
2 Which Species?
3 Getting Started: Education, Vets, and Where to Buy
4 Selecting Miniature Livestock
5 Livestock Guardians
6 Facilities and Fences
12 Got Milk?
13 The Business End
Section 2: The Species
14 Miniature Cattle
15 Miniature Equines
16 Miniature Goats
17 Miniature Llamas
18 Miniature Pigs
19 Miniature Sheep
Appendix: Emergency Euthanasia
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