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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857332252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857332257
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.9 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unlike lots of my current friends, I wasn't born a farmer - far from it. I was brought up in a terraced house in the South Wales valleys and spent 30 years as a journalist and broadcaster before discovering there was more to life.

Back in 2000, I accidentally - yes, accidentally - bought a smallholding, and started keeping livestock. Since then, I've never looked back.

In my previous life, I used to interview celebrities and politicians, go to fancy media events, and swan around in designer clothes. When I bought my hilltop smallholding, all my smart outfits went on eBay to help buy a tractor; nowadays, you're unlikely to recognise any of the labels I wear unless you're a fan of heavy-duty wellies or waterproof overalls.

I have a prize-winning herd of pedigree Tamworth pigs - one of our native rare breeds - and I exhibit extensively at agricultural shows across the UK. My sows have won the prestigious Tamworth Champion of Champions competition, which is a pretty good endorsement of the quality of the herd. I also breed Herdwick sheep, rear bronze turkeys for Christmas, keep hens for eggs, grow fruit and veg, and recently planted a small orchard for cider and perry. Some of the produce is sold at local farmers' markets, but even more goes direct to regular customers who like to buy half a pig or lamb, butchered to their requirements.

One of my passions is getting new people involved in smallholding, so I was thrilled when I was asked to write the Haynes Pig Manual, followed by the Haynes Smallholding Manual; look out for the Haynes Sheep Manual next, due to be published in 2015. For the past three years, I've also been teaching courses for smallholders at Humble by Nature, the rural skills school set up by TV presenter Kate Humble at her farm in Monmouthshire. See www.humblebynature.com for details.

What comes next? Who knows what's around the corner? Whatever it is, it's a lot better than spending several hours each day sitting in commuter traffic and even longer stuck inside an anonymous office block.

If you'd like to find out more about me and my animals, you can visit my websites, www.biggingerpigs.com and www.lizshankland.com. I write for a variety of publications, including Country Smallholding magazine, for which I'm the resident pig expert, columnist, and book reviewer.

If you're visiting any of the major agricultural shows in the UK, do check out the pig section and see if I'm there with any of my show team. I never tire of talking about livestock, so please come and have a chat.

Happy smallholding!

Liz

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About the Author

Liz Shankland runs a successful smallholding that has been home to everything from poultry and pigs to sheep and goats. She breeds pedigree pigs and has twice won the prestigious Tamworth Champion of Champions competition. A journalist and broadcaster by profession, Liz is the author of the Haynes Pig Manual and The Practical Guide to Buying and Running a Smallholding in Wales. She writes for numerous publications about farming and countryside matters, including Country Smallholding magazine.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Jones on 9 Aug. 2012
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Ideal Beginners book, lot there for the more advanced also. Sections on all aspects of the smallholding, and a very nice and easy manuel to read. A very Good reference guide and very good tips.
I would recommend this book to anybody with a smallholding or thinking of starting up.

Ruth Jones
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By racheljones on 23 Jun. 2012
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This book is a must have for anyone looking to start their first smallholding. I bought this, eventhough we already have a smallholding and I just wish it had been written when we started a few years ago. it is so helpful, gives easy practical advise in a way that is easy to understand. It gives practical advise which is easy to follow (such as how to put up stock fencing which is a must!). I recommend this to anyone who is either thinking of getting a smallholding, or already has one and wanjt to improve it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Corrina on 10 Aug. 2013
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This is a great book! It gives all the basic information you will need, if considering a more self sufficient lifestyle. It looks into buying a property to managing the land, to looking after livestock. It gives the basics, with pointers as to where to get more detailed information and experience. I was apprehensive about the prospect of setting up a smallholding, but now I know it is entirely possible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Orby on 11 Oct. 2012
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This is a good book for the person wishing to start in smallholding. Its worth having for the transporting info alone. However the sheep that are advised in the book may be ok for Wales but many would not do well on a low land smallholding/farm.That said its still a well presented and informative book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Homer on 14 Dec. 2012
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This is a fantastic book. It's informative and a must have if you are looking at smallholdings. Covers everything you would want. Great photos and presentation. Even looks at curing your own meats and selling your produce.
It is a book I have read cover to cover, and still pick it up frequently as a reference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Zabavnik on 23 Mar. 2013
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it may surprise you but small holdings are normal in the rest of the world and they have machinery to match rather than the outsize machinery which large farms employ. Haynes has put together a lot of aspects you have to consider in a nicely illustrated book and no it is not complex - that isfor another book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimal on 20 Mar. 2013
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We bought this book as we own a smallholding and find it an extremely useful reference and hands-on guide on how to deal with problems when they arise. just like other Haynes manuals it is designed for practical people and is not condescending by being an 'idiots' guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mark williams on 23 Aug. 2013
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I am just starting out with a smallholding and found this book extremely useful and very informative. It is easy to understand and covers the issues that you really do need to know about. Ideal for what I was after and I'm glad my friend recommended it to me.
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