Explore extracts from both print and electronic publications written by John Mason and staff of ACS Distance Education, sine the 1980's. 
These include work published by a wide range of different publishers, as well as work published by ACS Distance Education Publishing.
Our own publishing house has been actively publishing ebooks since 2011; all of which are available to purchase on this web site.

Farming Sheep

By ACS Bookshop on December 12, 2019 in Agriculture | comments

The success of any sheep will depend mostly on the suitability of the breed selected and, of course, the husbandry skills and knowledge of the farmer.

Sheep breeds differ greatly. Understanding this is the foundation for a thriving enterprise in sheep farming. Husbandry skills can be learned, however there are basic initial considerations for those entering or expanding any sheep farming enterprise:hweep

Is there enough space available for the numbers you want to run?
Is the pasture green and the ground not overly moist? 
Is grazing land cleared - free of shrubs, poisonous weeds or plants? 
Is there access to holding sheds and pens to protect vulnerable lambs, and sick or injured animals? 
Is the land securely fenced to keep the sheep in and predators out? 
Do you have sufficient time, skills and resources needed to care for the sheep effectively? 
Can you financially afford the associated services such as shearing or veterinarian services? 


Read more - click for an extract from our Sheep Breeds ebook - or buy the book.


We've developed a new micro course on managing the soil biome.

This is a rapidly growing field of study - critical to agriculture, horticulture and environmental management.

Soil microorganisms were previously "out of sight -out of mind" ....but we are now understanding that they are critical to plant growth, control of carbon emissions, soil stability, and so much more.



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We've created a whole new way of learning - shorter, bite size courses, which lead to small micro credential qualifications (differing types of badges); to prove your successful completion of a course.

For $29.95 a month you can access a huge variety of courses -most taking 3-4 hours or less to complete.


Brown Bears

By ACS Bookshop on May 27, 2018 in Wildlife | comments
This large Bear species ranges in areas of Eurasia, North America and Canada.  Populations across Eurasia have declined and in some areas, like the United Kingdom, are completely wiped out.  Most abundant populations belong in Canada, Russia and North America where there is more natural land available.  Depending on their location, Ursus arctos distribute across open tundra, forested areas and mountain regions.