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Publisher Description

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Farm Agskills is a comprehensive guide to basic farm skills. Learn about rope knots, wire knots, the basics of electric and conventional fencing, calibrating farm machinery, inoculating and lime pelleting legume seeds, estimating pasture yields, planting trees, soil testing and farm safety. Simple to follow with step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and full-colour pictures. 

Farm AgSkills is part of the AgSkills series: books that provide clear explanations about a wide range of practical tasks performed in farming. Industry personnel and departmental officers have been involved in compiling these Agskills. Find them in the iBooks Store.



General safety precautions

Rope knots

The Clove Hitch

The Bowline Knot

The Hay Knot

The Quick-release Knot No. 1

The Quick-release Knot No. 2

The Sheet Bend Knot

The Crown Knot

The Back Splice

Animal Halter

Rope Headstall


Clearing and Sighting the Fence Line (including over a hill)

Erecting Fence Posts

Hanging a Gate

Running Out and Tying Off Wires

Constructing a Horizontal End Assembly

Building a Conventional Fence Step-by-Step

Safety Precautions for Electric Fencing

Wire Joining for Electric Fences

Earthing an Electric Fence

Temporary Electric Fences

Testing the Electric Fence

Building an Electric Fence Step-by-Step

Further reading


Inoculating and Lime Pelleting Legume Seed

Seed Drill Calibration

Boom Spray Calibration

Estimating Pasture Yields


Planting Tubestock

Direct Seeding Trees and Shrubs


Determine Soil Texture

Preventing Soil Structure Damage

Testing Soil Structural Stability

Measure Soil Acidity

Taking Soil Samples

Soil Infiltration

What is a Safe Work Method Statement?

Check your skill

Fencing Check your skill

Rope Knots Check your skill

Pastures Check your skill

Trees Check your skill

Soils Check your skill

Publishing Credits


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David Brouwer lectured in Agronomy at Tocal College for 15 years before developing a course in Conservation and Land Management for external students. He has run external diploma studies in agriculture and land management for almost 20 years. He has authored and co-authored over 50 books for students as well as running courses in property planning for farmers.

Jennifer Laffan has written many publications and training resources for the NSW Department of Primary Industries, including others in the AgSkills series.

1 June
Agriculture NSW
NSW Trade & Investment

Customer Reviews

southernland ,

A much needed resource

This is a great read for novice and experienced land users alike. Information is clear, concise and easy to understand. If you need a place to start your agricultural education or a refresher on some of the core skills necessary for agricultural land use, this is well worth adding to your library.

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