5m Books is an independent publisher. Our mission is to improve the health and happiness of the animals we farm and live with and to regenerate the world we farm and live in.
Our purpose is to
We do this by creating books with care for those who care
Our vision is for
5m Publishing was founded in the late 1990s, by members of the Muirhead family to share the results of their work on pig husbandry. Some of the original books are still available.
Through the 2000s the list steadily grew. In 2012 5m was bought by Benchmark Holdings PLC, a multinational animal health company, who drove an expansion into aquaculture books and a reinvigoration of veterinary commissioning.
Further expansions came when the back catalogue of Nottingham University Press was given a home in 2013 when the university ceased publishing activities and by the purchase of Old Pond Publishing in 2014.
Benchmark looking to simplify its activities sold a portion of the Old Pond list to Fox Chapel Publishing. 5m’s key staff bought out the remaining book business in 2020 and relaunched as 5m Books.
We get asked this every so often. The answer is lost in the mists of time. One, probably apocryphal, origin story has it that the author of 5m’s very first book Recognising and Treating Pig Diseases, Michael Muirhead, was one of 5 brothers.
We also like to think that the m’s represent our enthusiasm for the health and happiness of, among other things, moo-cows, molluscs, marmalade-coloured moggies and well-managed land.
We’d love to hear from you, please email is at email@example.com