The Book of the Farm: Detailing the Labours of the Farmer, Farm-Steward, Ploughman, Shepherd, Hedger, Cattle-Man, Field-Worker, and Dairy-Maid (Cambri
By: Henry Stephens (author)Paperback
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Henry Stephens (1795-1874) was a farmer and later a writer on agriculture. After attending lectures on chemistry and agriculture at the University of Edinburgh he boarded with a Berwickshire farmer, George Brown, and gained experience of agricultural work. In 1820 Stephens acquired his own farm, on which he used modern and experimental farming methods. In 1837 he sold the farm, and devoted the rest of his life to writing guides to farming for the use of inexperienced farmers. These influential volumes, first published in 1842, contain Stephens' detailed descriptions of contemporary farming practices. He describes in meticulous detail all aspects of farming, including livestock care and slaughter, dairying, irrigation practices and crop culture. Arranged by season and including copious high-quality illustrations of farming equipment, these extremely popular and fascinating volumes were considered the standard work on practical Victorian agriculture. Volume 2 describes farming tasks performed in spring.
31. Drawing and stowing turnips, mangel-wurzel, cabbage, carrots, and parsnips; 32. The feeding of sheep on turnips in winter; 33. Driving and slaughtering sheep; 34. Rearing and feeding cattle on turnips in winter; 35. Driving and slaughtering cattle; 36. The treatment of farm-house in winter; 37. Fattening, driving, and slaughtering swine; 38. The treatment of fowls in winter; 39. Thrashing and winnowing grain, and of the thrashing-machine; 40. The wages of farm-servants; 41. Corn marketing; 42. The farm smith, joiner, and saddler; 43. The forming of dunghills, and of liquid manure tanks; 45. Winter irrigation; Part II. Spring: 46. Cows calving, and of calves; 47. The advantages of having field-work in a forward state; 48. Cross-ploughing, drilling, and ribbing land; 49. Sowing spring wheat and grass seeds; 50. Sowing beans, pease, tares, lucern, saintfoin, flax, and hemp; 51. Switching, pruning, and water-tabling thorn-hedges; 52. Hiring farm-servants; 53. Sowing oat seed; 54. The lambing of ewes; 55. The training and working the shepherd's dog; 56. Sowing barley seed; 57. Planting potatoes; 58. Breaking in young draught horses; 59. Sows farrowing or littering; 60. The hatching of fowls.
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