Agriculture (67)

Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance

ISBN: 9781620082768

Author: Martin Gurdon    Publisher: Companion House

Owning chickens is fast becoming the latest in metropolitan chic. If you can't own them, you'll still want to read about them. Primal urges, the quest for ultim...


Owning chickens is fast becoming the latest in metropolitan chic. If you can't own them, you'll still want to read about them. Primal urges, the quest for ultimate power, sex, death, gender bending, and huge vet bills--these are the things that chickens are made of. Martin Gurdon's hilarious Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance relives the highs and lows of chicken ownership. This unique chicken memoir follows the Gurdon family through the ups and downs of a wonderful hobby. In addition to providing eggs, the hens offer distractions from everyday life. You'll meet a cast of unusual characters, from the frightening disciplinary measures of Bossy Chicken, and the maternal instincts of Psycho Chicken, to the bizarre tales of Mike the headless chicken from Colorado, and the physical rehabilitation and sexual transformation of Yvette. The relationship between bird and human is by turns heartwarming and bewildering, but always entertaining. In fact, readers might even learn a thing or two about raising chickens in this lively book. Inside Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance, Updated Second Edition Hilarious account of a rookie poultry-owner's experience raising birds in his backyard. James Herriot meets Bill Bryson in this wryly amusing memoir of one man's relationship with his chickens. Chronicles the daily life of a chicken, including dust baths, brutal pecking-order rituals, gender-bending encounters, and for its owner the possibility of huge vet bills. Updated second edition features new photographs and a new chapter. A must for chicken lovers and a must for anyone with a quirky sense of humor. Beyond the laughs there are even some practical lessons to be learnt about what not to do when keeping chickens!


Bind: paperback


Pages: 176


Dimensions: 153 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 10-05-2018


$39.99
Know Your Tractors

ISBN: 9781905523917

Author: Chris Lockwood    Publisher: Old Pond

Chris has tried to show the tractors carrying out a wide range of tasks. His concise text explains what is going on in the pictures. He includes some basic tech...


Chris has tried to show the tractors carrying out a wide range of tasks. His concise text explains what is going on in the pictures. He includes some basic technical specifications such as power outputs so that the reader can roughly compare different tractors and have an idea of the size and capability of each. The 41 tractors chosen come from 25 marques. Many of the tractor manufacturers have parent companies, some of which own a number of tractor makers. Chris gives these details as well as the country of assembly and/or manufacture. Tractor enthusiasts will enjoy this book, but it is particularly designed to be an introduction for visitors to rural shows, farm parks and country bookshops.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 88


Dimensions: 155 x 104 mm


$17.99
Know Your Cattle

ISBN: 9781905523924

Author: Jack Byard    Publisher: Old Pond

Jack has researched 41 of the breeds of cattle which you would be most likely to see grazing Britain's farms. They are presented here in a handy reference guide...


Jack has researched 41 of the breeds of cattle which you would be most likely to see grazing Britain's farms. They are presented here in a handy reference guide. For each animal, he gives a description of their appearance, a brief history and considers their uses today. In this title, each text is accompanied by a full page colour picture of the animals in their natural environments. Only the size of a postcard, the book fits into small hands or the rucksack or pocket of the interested rambler. It is the perfect gift for adults and children alike. "Know Your Cattle" is the third book in the popular "Know Your" series. In this series, "Know Your Sheep" and "Know Your Tractors" are also available.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 96


Dimensions: 155 x 104 mm


$17.99
Know Your Sheep

ISBN: 9781905523832

Author: Jack Byard    Publisher: Old Pond

For each breed he dedicates two pages, the left being a full page high-quality picture and the right giving a brief but comprehensive description of the appeara...


For each breed he dedicates two pages, the left being a full page high-quality picture and the right giving a brief but comprehensive description of the appearance, history and uses of each sheep. Only the size of a postcard, the book fits perfectly into a rucksack or pocket so is ideal for the interested rambler who is keen to discover more about the flock fleeing from him at the time. Clear color photographs taken of sheep 'straight from the field' illustrate the immense diversity within this species.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 88


Dimensions: 155 x 104 mm


$17.99
Forty Years With Ford Tractors

ISBN: 9781910456590

Author: David Pearson    Publisher: Old Pond

David Pearson spent more than four decades working for Ford's tractor business, starting on the production line at the maker's Dagenham factory before moving to...


David Pearson spent more than four decades working for Ford's tractor business, starting on the production line at the maker's Dagenham factory before moving to the Basildon tractor plant opened in 1964. He went on to become the maker's UK sales manager, and earned a reputation among farmers and dealers as the man who knew all there was to know about Ford tractors. Along the way, he was involved in the development of some of the most famous machines to bear the blue livery, from the Dexta to the 7000, and the FW articulated tractors to the 7810. Edited by agricultural journalist Martin Rickatson, Forty Years with Ford Tractors builds on a series of recollections which originally featured in Classic Tractor magazine, and includes additional material to tell David's fascinating story in full. It includes a comprehensive selection of black-and-white and colour photographs, many of which have never before been published and will be of interest to all Ford fans and tractor fans more generally.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 120


Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm


$24.99
Farm Machinery 6th Edition

ISBN: 9781910456064

Author: Brian Bell    Publisher: Old Pond

Farm Machinery is the standard book on the current theory and practice of farm mechanisation for students and farmers. First published in 1979, this new sixth e...


Farm Machinery is the standard book on the current theory and practice of farm mechanisation for students and farmers. First published in 1979, this new sixth edition incorporates much new text together with 280 new colour photographs illustrating the steady flow of developments in farm mechanisation that have taken place over the past decade. Recent advances in computer technology and satellite field mapping are included and new content enriches the earlier material dealing with the working principles and operation of the vast array of the somewhat less sophisticated farm tractors and machines still in use on British farms. There are chapters on tractors, cultivation and drilling equipment, crop care and harvest machinery. Further chapters deal with farmyard and estate maintenance equipment, mechanical handlers, dairy equipment, irrigation farm power and the farm workshop. References are made to the UK Health & Safety at Work Act and other safety regulations. These summarise their main requirements, but they should only be taken as a guide. Brian Bell has had a long involvement with farm machinery that started with an apprenticeship in a tractor dealership. After a teaching career on farm machinery at Otley College in Suffolk he retired as Vice Principal in 1993 when he was awarded the MBE for services to agriculture. Brian Bell has written a number of books and made seventeen DVDs on modern and vintage tractors and machinery.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 312


Dimensions: 189 x 246 mm


$49.99
The Massey Fergusson 35 Tractor - Workshop Service Manual

ISBN: 9781912158515

Author: Chris Jaworski    Publisher: Old Pond

In the UK between 1957 and 1964 Massey Ferguson manufactured some 380,000 MF35s, the most popular medium-sized farm tractors of the period. Many have remained i...


In the UK between 1957 and 1964 Massey Ferguson manufactured some 380,000 MF35s, the most popular medium-sized farm tractors of the period. Many have remained in work and they are a restorer's favourite machine. Chris Jaworski's book, based on his heavily illustrated articles for Tractor & Machinery magazine, is a step-by-step manual on servicing and repairing these machines. This book goes back to the basics. The range and quality of his photographs are also far higher than those of the originals from sixty years ago. The main headings of the book are: buying and safety; weekly checks; operator maintenance; engines; cooling systems; fuel systems; transmissions; rear axle and PTO; brakes; hydraulics; steering and front axle; electrics; bodywork. For owners involved in servicing, repairs or restoration this crystal-clear guide will help them enjoy getting the work done efficiently.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 208


Dimensions: 152 x 229 mm


Publication Date: 16-08-2019


$39.99
Farewell Silent Spring - The New Zealand Apple Story

ISBN: 9780473487300

Author: Howard Wearing    Publisher: NZ Plant Protection Society

Farewell Silent Spring tells the story of how, in the course of 50+ years of dedicated R&D, highly toxic broad-spectrum pesticides were removed from the pipfrui...


Farewell Silent Spring tells the story of how, in the course of 50+ years of dedicated R&D, highly toxic broad-spectrum pesticides were removed from the pipfruit orchards of New Zealand. It shows how spraying by the calendar, regardless of need, has been replaced by pest monitoring, biological control, and sophisticated techniques like mating disruption and selective chemicals that are toxic to pests and safe to beneficial species. Integrated fruit production, and then Apple Futures, as the new programme became known, is shown to be on par with organic production in terms of biodiversity and safety to the environment and human health, while maintaining the premium fruit quality required by export markets. New Zealand apple growers can say farewell to the "Silent Spring" predicted by Rachel Carson in her landmark book of 1962. Written by distinguished fruit entomologist and scientist Howard Wearing, this book is a must-read for all involved in the fruit industry and anyone with an interest in safe sustainable food production. Professionals and students of horticulture, entomology, and pest management will find this book an essential gold-mine of information that they will turn to again and again. Link to book review by George Follas …. https://nzpps.org/a-compelling-read/


Bind: paperback


Pages: 278


Dimensions: 170 x 242 mm


Publication Date: 24-08-2019


$92.00
An Illustrated Guide to Common Weeds of New Zealand 3rd Edition

ISBN: 9780473162856

Author: Ian Popay    Publisher: NZ Plant Protection Society

This popular and indispensable guide to the identification of weeds in New Zealand is now in its third edition. The 2010 edition is still written for a wide aud...


This popular and indispensable guide to the identification of weeds in New Zealand is now in its third edition. The 2010 edition is still written for a wide audience, with simple text and a user-friendly approach, but at 448 pages it is bigger and better than ever. Covering just over 600 species, and with more than 1,500 stunning new photographs, this guide is an excellent aid to identification. Bearing in mind that "the definition of a weed as a plant growing in the wrong place means that one person's weed is another's treasure", the authors aimed to include all common weeds, including garden escapes, introduced plants, and some plants which may be useful pasture components but which can be a nuisance in the garden or in horticultural crops. Native species are listed when they are major weed problems of pastoral land in some regions, or when they may be mistaken for weeds which they resemble. Each plant receives a general introduction, and is then described in detail; the usefulness or toxicity of the plant is also addressed, and derivation of botanical names is given. Plants are listed by both botanical and common names, and indexes enable easy searching, but there is also a section which helps you to identify a plant from information about flower colour and size, the kind of plant it is and where it occurs. The text has been updated to accommodate changes to the legislation governing pest plants.


$59.99
An Illustrated Guide to Weed Seeds of New Zealand

ISBN: 9780473224103

Author: Trevor James    Publisher: NZ Plant Protection Society

Now for something completely different! How many of you have ever looked closely at the details of the seeds of weeds? Some, we admit, are rather boring but the...


Now for something completely different! How many of you have ever looked closely at the details of the seeds of weeds? Some, we admit, are rather boring but then again, some of them are absolutely stunning. A glance at the front cover of this book reveals some of huge variation in the size and shape of seeds. Most of the seeds described and pictured are of weedy species, and the pictures show clearly the adaptations that have evolved to ensure they thrive as weeds: hooks and spines to attach the seed to wool, fleece or socks to help spread; awns that twist with wetting and drying to help bury the seed and anchor it in the soil during germination; seeds so tiny they blow like dust in the wind, or larger ones with wings or parachutes so they float on air; corky seed coats that act as life jackets in streams and lakes. This book will be useful for all workers in ecological research, pest plant management or, indeed, for everybody involved in agriculture or horticultural production. It is also of importance to anyone with a general interest in plants and the incredibly different forms that evolution has wrought. The book covers native and introduced species, and also includes seeds of species that have not, as yet, established in New Zealand but which have been intercepted in imported seed or other agricultural products (like cocopeat). The pictures and their descriptions are often not of the seeds as such, but of the form in which they are usually seen, surrounded by remains of flower structures that help in their survival or dispersal. The Introduction, Identification aid and Glossary are followed by 116 pages with 696 superb photographs of 623 different species, all with a brief description and distribution information. The book is spiral bound, 144 pp, with full colour photographs. The authors are Trevor James of AgResearch, Ian Popay from Landcare Research and Paul Champion from NIWA, all weed wizards; Nik Grbavac, seed specialist from Agriquality, Lincoln; and Birgit Rhode of Landcare Research. To find out how Birgit took those amazing photographs you have to buy this book!


Bind: paperback


Pages: 126


Dimensions: 182 x 245 mm


$49.99 $30.00
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