New Book Launched By Cattleman Andy Frazier Called The Right Colour

The Right Colour (a novel about a cow) by Andy Frazier

Andy Frazier has been writing books for two years now, from his base in South West France. He started life farming with his father and brother at Coningswick farm in the English Midlands, which in those days specialised in quality beef and pork. After a string of successes exhibiting commercial cattle and pedigree Bleu du Maine sheep, Andy left the family farm to set up a livestock supplies business dealing specifically in grooming products as well as supplying services to the pedigree cattle industry. Over the next 10 years his achievements in dressing and preparing show animals saw him being twice in charge of the supreme champion at the Royal Smithfield show, as well as cattle and sheep breed champions in a variety of pedigree breeds at just about every national and county show. He has also judged cattle and sheep at many of these events. For a 12 year spell Andy successfully bred pedigree Texel sheep under the prefix Menithwood until the flock was dispersed in 2004. In addition to this he continued to help and advise with the prominent Coningswick flock of Beltex sheep run at the family farm. After selling his grooming business to Ritchey Tagg in the mid nineties and progressing into the IT industry, Andy’s career somehow evolved into that of a freelance business analyst. For a number of years he then worked for blue chip clients such as Barclays Bank, Cable & Wireless and Cisco Systems, mostly writing detailed and highly technical documentation that few people ever read!
In 2006 Andy opted for a lifestyle change and moved to South West France with the objective of one day becoming an author. For a while he ran a small building business alongside renovating a large old farmhouse until, with the support of his partner Wendy, he started writing novels some two years ago. During that period he has now written no less than nine books, many of which are targeted at children and most of which feature farm animals of some kind or other. He shares the smallholding with Wendy, two dogs, half a dozen sheep and a small collection of wines.

The Right Colour
Andy completed his first novel called The Right Colour in November 2010. Set in the mid nineteen eighties, the book tells a highly entertaining story of Princess, a calf born in north Scotland in a pedigree Aberdeen Angus herd but by a Limousin sire. The tale follows the calf as she tells her own story of growing up in hard times which include her being subjected to bullying and racism. As the Princess overcomes these problems, she sets her sights on the winning the greatest accolade a cross-bred animal could ever win, to be champion at the Royal Smithfield Show. She also develops a bizarre desire to meet the Queen herself. The book is written with sharp humour and there are some laugh-out-loud moments as Princess gets into some quite unusual situations and engages in some curious dialogue with a few other animals.
Drawing from the author’s own cattle experience, many of the settings and the people that this animal encounters are recalled with extreme accuracy, including the sights, sounds and smells of those great December days in Earls Court, London. Some of the characters even bear an uncanny resemblance to people involved in the industry at that time. However, the passion with which this tale is told provides its real appeal. That appeal is not just to cattlemen young and old but to a whole cross-section of the public, many of whom are blissfully unaware that the languid world of livestock showing could be quite so exciting.
The Right Colour has developed a cult following through the British livestock world and has had some fantastic reviews. One review in a Scottish national paper said “The book is littered with colourful characters…..It could only have been written by someone with a great deal of knowledge in the industry…. The tale is also a great insight into animal psychology!”
The Right Colour is now being made available through a selection of agricultural traders throughout  the UK as well as online in paperback or e-book form from www.andyfrazier.co.uk, published through Lulu Press.


Books About Chickens

Farming Friends is delighted to announce that we now have books about chickens in stock. If you are a hen enthusiast, if you keep chickens and hens or are thinking of keeping hens and chickens then Chickens At Home by Michael Roberts or Starting With Chickens by Katie Thear are books that are sure to delight and inform you. Great for those whoare just thinking of starting with chickens or beginners to hen keeping as well as those who have been keeping hens and chickens for some years as they are a good reference. Another useful book for every hen keeper is the book Poultry & Waterfowl Problems by Michael Roberts as this is a great reference book if your hens are not well.


Books About Ducks

Farming Friends is delighted to announce that we now have books about ducks in stock. If you are a duck enthusiast, if you keep ducks or are thinking of keeping ducks then Starting With Ducks By Katie Thear, Ducks And Geese At Home By Michael Roberts and Poultry And Waterfowl Problems By Michael Roberts are books that are informative, helpful and a good read.


Book About Guinea Fowl

Farming Friends is delighted to announce that we now have Michael Roberts guinea fowl book in stock. If you are a guinea fowl enthusiast, if you keep guinea fowl or are thinking of keeping guinea fowl then Guinea Fowl Past & Present by Michael Roberts is a book that is sure to delight and inform you.


Poultry & Pig Books For Sale

I am delighted to announce the launch of the Farming Friends shop with poultry and pig books for sale.

Check out the Farming Friends shop.

The following books are for sale in the Farming Friends shop:

Books By Katie Thear:

Books By Andy Case:

Books By Michael Roberts:

Click on the links to read more information about the books or to buy the books.


Incubating, Hatching & Raising Ducklings eBook Coming Soon

I am delighted to announce that the Incubating, Hatching And Raising Ducklings eBook will be coming soon.

Incubating, Hatching And Raising Ducklings eBook will provide you with information about:

  • reasons for keeping ducks,
  • ways to start rearing ducks,
  • choosing and storing duck eggs,
  • incubating duck eggs and incubator settings,
  • candling the eggs,
  • hatching duck eggs,
  • the brooder and brooder hygiene,
  • feeding ducklings,
  • housing requirements,
  • aliments, illnesses and diseases,
  • taming ducklings and
  • development of ducklings.

If you are interested in buying this eBook when it becomes available then fill out the contact form and you will be contacted when the eBook is on sale.

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The Foodies Books By Joanne Roach

As a former teacher and now a farmer’s wife and farmer/smallholder myself, I love books that are fun but still manage to educate children about food, animals or farming. I was delighted to come across The Foodies set of books written by Joanne Roach.

The Foodies Books By Joanne Roach

The Foodies Books By Joanne Roach

“The Foodies Books are a series of 12 illustrated stories for children aged under eight. The books are set in a veggie patch with a different story for each month of the year. In each story the fruit and vegetable characters are in season in the UK during that month. They are a gentle, fun way to get children more used to how basic British fruits and vegetables look and grow, and how the seasons affect our food. Each book also contains some factual information (written by children) and a seasonal recipe which your child can tackle with very little adult help.” Source: The Foodies.org

When I visited the site I was delighted by the video previewing September’s book, “Blackberry’s Sunbathing Day.” I found the story amusing, the language used was interesting and the illustrations are bright and fun.

The Foodies books can be bought individually for £1.99 or a box set of all 12 books for £20.  There are also The Little Foodies Club packages for families, childminders or groups/schools.

The Foodies Books Box Set

The Foodies Books Box Set

I am definately going to be buying my nephew this set of books for Christmas or the family package so that he can receive  a certificate, badge and membership card, and a personally addressed pack every month with the Book Of The Month plus veggie gardening tips, seasonal foods list, colouring sheet, puzzle and activity idea.


Guinea Fowl eBook Well Written

I am always delighted to get feedback about the products I am selling at farmingfriends, so I was thrilled to see my Incubating, Hatching & Raising Guinea Fowl Keets eBook described as well written.

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“Yes, I have downloaded the e-book and have enjoyed reading your very well written and informative book.”

Jorgen

Incubating, Hatching And Raising Guinea Fowl Keets eBook will provide you with information about:

  • reasons for keeping guinea fowl,
  • ways to start rearing guinea fowl,
  • choosing and storing guinea fowl eggs,
  • incubating guinea fowl eggs and incubator settings,
  • candling the eggs,
  • hatching guinea fowl eggs,
  • the brooder and brooder hygiene,
  • feeding gunea fowl keets,
  • aliments, illnesses and diseases,
  • taming guinea fowl keets and
  • development of guinea fowl keets.

 

Buy the Incubating, Hatching And Raising Guinea Fowl Keets eBook for yourself or as a gift for a friend or a family member.


Organic Places To Stay UK And Ireland – A Book By Linda Moss

Do you farm organic, garden organic, eat organic or just believe in the principles of organic? If so then have you thought of holidaying organic?

I was recently introduced to the work of Linda Moss by my good farmingfriend Helene over at Countryside Connection.

Organic Places To Stay In The UK & Ireland by Linda Moss

Organic Places To Stay In The UK & Ireland by Linda Moss

Linda has written a book about organic places to stay in the UK and Ireland. The book includes 588 accommodation entries and is now in it’s third edition, testiment to it’s ever growing popularlity. The contents of the book include:

  • Bed and breakfasts, guest houses and small hotels offering organic, local and sometimes home-grown produce.
  • Self-catering accommodation on organic farms, generally in renovated farm buildings.
  • Camp sites on organic farms and smallholdings, ranging from those where you pitch your own tent to more luxurious camping.

This book gives you all the information you need for an ‘organic holiday’.

The Author: Linda Moss created www.organicholidays.co.uk ten years ago. She is
married with three grown up children and two grandchildren, and has lived in
Guiseley, West Yorkshire all her life. Click the link to buy Organic Places To Stay – UK & Ireland – 3rd Edition by Linda Moss at £12.95.