Overview

The first full-color, illustrated pocket guide to North American cattle, this handy book profiles more than 60 breeds of beef, dairy, and draft cattle. Whether you are farming 50 head of cattle or raising one cow--or simply want to learn about where your milk and meat come from--this invaluable resource will tell you everything you need to know.

The field guide offers a wealth of information, from practical tips for communicating with bulls ...
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Field Guide to Cattle

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Overview

The first full-color, illustrated pocket guide to North American cattle, this handy book profiles more than 60 breeds of beef, dairy, and draft cattle. Whether you are farming 50 head of cattle or raising one cow--or simply want to learn about where your milk and meat come from--this invaluable resource will tell you everything you need to know.

The field guide offers a wealth of information, from practical tips for communicating with bulls and reading a cows body language to the history and science behind crossbreeding and herd instincts. Mooing, milking, and calving; horns, bovine digestion, and the difference between dairy wedge, beef block, and draft shoulders--these topics and many more are covered in depth for breeds as familiar as Holstein, Hereford, Angus, and Jersey and as rare as Florida Cracker and Randall Lineback.

With its interesting facts, 150 color photographs, glossary, breed classification table, and resource list, The Field Guide to Cattle is the essential guidebook to North Americas cattle breeds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616739522
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 773,282
  • File size: 32 MB
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Meet the Author

Valerie Porter is the editor of Mason’s World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds and the author of various books on cows, chickens, pigs, goats, and sheep. She lives in Milland, West Sussex, in the United Kingdom. 

Lynn M. Stone
is a nature photographer whose images have appeared in National Geographic, Audubon, Field and Stream, and Ranger Rick. He lives in St. Charles, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     8
The Cattle World     12
Looking at Cows     22
On Being a Cow     28
On Being a Calf     34
The Generous Cow     38
Glossary     42
Introduction to the Breed Profiles     46
Breed Profiles     52
Africander     52
African Cattle     53
Angus     54
Ankole-Watusi     55
Aubrac     56
Ayrshire     56
Barzona     58
Beefalo     58
Beefmaster     59
Belgian Blue     60
Blonde d'Aquitaine     61
Braford     62
Brahman     63
Brangus     66
Brown Swiss     66
BueLingo     68
Buffalo and Bison     69
Canadienne     71
Canadian Hybrids     72
Charolais     73
Chianina     75
Criollo Cattle     76
Devon     78
Dexter     79
Dutch Belted     81
European Imports     82
Florida Cracker and Pineywoods     83
Galloway     85
Gelbvieh     88
Guernsey     89
Hawaiian Wild     90
Hereford     91
Herens     92
Highland     92
Hinterwald     94
Holstein     95
Jamaican Breeds     97
Jersey     98
Kerry     99
Limousin     100
Lineback     100
Maine-Anjou     102
Marchigiana     102
Mashona     103
Meuse-Rhine-Yssel     104
Miniature Cattle     105
Murray Grey     106
New American Breeds     107
Normandy     108
Parthenais     108
Piedmontese     109
Pinzgauer     110
Randall Blue Lineback     111
Red Dane     112
Red Poll     113
Romagnola     114
Romosinuano     115
Salers     116
Santa Gertrudis     117
Senepol     118
Shorthorn     119
Simmental     122
South Devon     123
Sussex      124
Texas Longhorn     125
Tuli     128
Wagyu     129
Welsh Black     130
White Park     131
Yak     134
Appendix     136
Resources     136
Breed Associations     136
Bibliography     140
Index     142
About the Author and Photographer     144
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