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A comprehensive guide to farm skills. Includes rope knots, wire knots, the basics of electric and conventional fencing, calibrating farm machinery such as a seed drill, boom spray and fertiliser spreader, inoculating and lime pelleting legume seeds, estimating pasture yields, planting trees, soil testing and farm safety. Simple to follow with plenty of diagrams and photos.

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 eye splice
  • The crown knot
  • The back splice
  • Animal halter
  • Rope headstall


  • Introduction to fencing
  • 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


  • Estimating pasture yields
  • Seed drill calibration
  • Best-value fertiliser
  • Fertiliser spreader calibration
  • Check flow rate (pendulum or discs)
  • Check particle distribution
  • Inoculating and lime pelleting legume seed
  • Boom spray calibration


  • Introduction to trees
  • Planting trees
  • Direct seeding trees and shrubs


  • Determine soil texture
  • Preventing soil structure damage
  • Testing soil structural stability
  • Measure soil acidity
  • Taking soil samples
  • Soil infiltration

Appendix 1: Common classes of soil texture

Appendix 2: Managing work health and safety risks

What is a Safe Work Method Statement?

Check your skill

Title          Farm Agskills       
Pages          122         
ISBN          978-0-7313-0588-9         
Catalogue number          B113         
Year published         Year Published 2005, Updated 2011, 2020          
Publisher          NSW Department of Primary Industries         
Price          $30.00AUD (inc GST)

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