This handy guide by the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources is a compilation of basic management articles. Developed specifically for small-scale operations, it's a great refresher for experienced producers, as well. Its 146 pages discuss basic considerations on everything from breed selection to fencing, health management, nutrition, pasture management, calving, carcass traits, record keeping and more.

Four appendices, a glossary and an index provide still more specialized information to keep readers abreast of trends and changes in the industry.

Available for $18; you can learn more at: http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/AgriculturalProduction/3495.aspx.