Great Gifts for Livestock Producers

  From the December 11, 2017 Issue of Agri-News
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 Wondering what to buy for the person who has everything? Books and videos make wonderful gifts and stocking-stuffers for the farmer, rancher or 4-H member on your list.

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF)’s Publications Office has dozens of agriculture publications ranging from $3 to $30, as well as DVDs and CD-ROMs. For example:

  • Alberta Forage Manual ($30 plus GST) – this 350-page book contains extensive descriptions of forage species and their growth habits to help in planning forage management programs. This expanded 2nd edition offers producers comprehensive information on a range of forage topics: adaptation, legumes and grasses, annuals, mixtures, establishment, fertility, pasture management, harvesting and rejuvenation. In addition, sections on forage pest insects and diseases present detailed discussion of these problems in forage crops, helping producers diagnose damage. Fully illustrated with over 350 colour images, plus line drawings, tables, charts and graphs, this forage reference work provides a wealth of information.
  • Beef Cow-Calf Manual ($30 plus GST) – this 282-page manual contains up-to-date information for cow-calf producers. The manual includes sections on genetics, economics, calf management, nutrition and feeding, animal health, pests, handling facilities and fencing and herd management. It also includes a listing of additional online resources.
  • Beekeeping in Western Canada ($25 plus GST) – for experienced beekeepers and those just considering beekeeping, this book gives the information needed to manage honey bees successfully. Learn about the spring management of bees, winter feeding, honey extraction, honey bee health and marketing beeswax, pollen and honey crops. The provincial apiculturists in Canada’s four western provinces packed this publication full of the best possible information on beekeeping in the west.
A full list of books and DVDs available from AF is on their website.

Any of these books, DVDs and CD-ROMs can be ordered online or by calling the Publications Office at 780-427-0391 in Edmonton.

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For more information about the content of this document, contact Chris Kaulbars.
This information published to the web on November 27, 2017.