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Stocking stuffers for livestock producers

Books and videos make wonderful gifts and stocking stuffers for the farmer, rancher or 4-H member on your list.

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Livestock publications

Wondering what to buy for the person who has everything? Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation has dozens of agriculture publications ranging from $3 to $30, including:

Alberta Forage Manual ($30) – this book contains extensive descriptions of forage species and their growth habits to help with planning forage management programs. This expanded second edition offers producers comprehensive information on a range of forage topics, including 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) – this manual contains up-to-date information for cow-calf producers, including 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. Numerous colour photos, drawings and tables provide great depth to the information found in the 300+ page manual.

Silage Manual ($15) – this book looks at how silage systems can help producers develop nutritious, cost-effective feed supplies. It examines all aspects of silage making to help balance costs against benefits and weigh advantages against disadvantages. Key topics include ensiling process, crops for silage, silage additives, harvesting, silos, silage quality, feeding value and cost of production.

Nutrition and Feeding Management for Horse Owners ($20) – this 114-page manual examines horse nutrition and nutritional content of feeds so that good horse feeding programs can be designed. This manual covers the nutrient content of different feeds, feeding management for different classes of horses, basic digestive physiology and horse requirements for different nutrients.

Horse Health ($15) – this book is packed with information, photographs and illustrations that will give horse owners a thorough understanding of parasites, pests, infectious diseases, lameness and other common medical problems that can affect a horse’s health.

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

For more information, see:

Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation Publications


Connect with the Publications Office for more information:

Phone: 780-427-0391
Toll free: 1-800-292-5697

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