Anyone who raises livestock or keeps horses must deal with manure, and this concise guide shows you how to make it manageable, valuable, and even profitable. Expert Mark Kopecky thoroughly discusses the characteristics and nutrient content of the manure of various species. He then explains the fundamentals of storing, composting, and spreading manure and even how to handle and market certified-organic manure for fertilizer on organic farms.
For as long as Barbara Hutson could remember, she dreamed of having a horse farm and of surrounding herself daily with these magical, mystical, and majestic creatures. Suddenly, she found herself living her lifelong dream. In Knowing Horses by Heart, she talks about the joys and challenges of owning horses. Her poems consider the life lessons she has learned-such as the value of patience and respect-while considering how worthwhile owning horses has been for her.
Like most fantasies, the reality of our fondest wishes can be a bit more than we bargained for. Owning a horse farm is not all serene days gazing at horses playing in the field or peaceful rides into the sunsets. Horses are bigger than life. With that comes events that are also tremendous in size and impact which lends richness and color to the fabric of our life story. Fully illustrated, Knowing Horses by Heart shares through poetry some of the knowledge Barbara has accumulated through her equine encounters.
Little Girl Giggles
"The gift is sweeter than that very first kiss
Seeing those looks of sheer wonder and bliss
There is nothing quite like watching the eyes
Of a child as she squeals with excited cries
As the magic of real horses fills up the space
The look of pure amazement covers her face ..."
This volume provides a current look at how development of intensive live- stock production, particularly hogs, has affected human health with respect to zoonotic diseases primarily transmitted by food but also by water, air and oc- cupational activity. While information presented focuses on the development of increasing livestock production in Canada, examples are given and compar- isons are made with other countries (Denmark, Taiwan, the Netherlands and the United States) where the levels of livestock production are much more intense and where the industry is more mature. Canada is also searching for solutions to enable handling the growing volume of its livestock waste properly. Lessons learned from the experience of those who have gone before are invaluable and are drawn together in this volume to serve as useful guidance for others in plot- ting the courses of action possible to avoid serious environmental setbacks and negative human health effects through foodborne illness. A significant portion of the text is devoted to a discussion of enteric illness in humans caused by zoonotic pathogens. The second chapter deals with sur- vival of pathogens (which cause foodborne illness) in manure environments. An evaluation of the human health hazard likely to occur from the use of ma- nure as fertilizer is important because of the recent trend toward an increase in foodborne illness from the consumption of minimally processed fruits and vegetables that may have been fertilized with animal-derived organic materials.
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