Getting Started with Beef and Dairy Cattle

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Heather Smith Thomas, a lifelong cattle rancher and author of several previous books for more experienced farmers, offers a succinct layperson’s guide to the basics of raising a small herd of cattle, whether for meat or dairy products. She outlines organic and natural farming methods and covers all the information needed to get started and be successful.

Getting Started with Beef & Dairy Cattle
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Overview


Heather Smith Thomas, a lifelong cattle rancher and author of several previous books for more experienced farmers, offers a succinct layperson’s guide to the basics of raising a small herd of cattle, whether for meat or dairy products. She outlines organic and natural farming methods and covers all the information needed to get started and be successful.

Getting Started with Beef & Dairy Cattle
encourages new and beginning farmers to start small and start right. Thomas explains the basics of selecting and raising a calf, along with feeding, shelter, and care guidelines. She covers breeding and calving, as well as tips for managing a herd through the seasons. There is basic health care information for preventing disease and addressing common ailments. For those raising beef cattle, Thomas offers guidelines for butchering; for those raising dairy cattle, there are step-by-step guidelines on milking.

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“…will help inexperienced farmers select the breed that is best-suited for their goals.”

– Angus Journal

“With the information in this book you can reap the pleasures and rewards of using your land to raise healthy, happy and productive animals.” – American Small Farm

Library Journal
Thomas (Guide to Raising Beef Cattle) grew up on an Idaho ranch and has been raising cattle and writing about them and horses for decades. What makes her new cattle book unique is that it is geared primarily toward beginners, those who want to try raising an animal or two-even a small herd-but know very little about either agriculture or the cattle business. The first chapter gets right to the point with an overview of the essentials: beef or dairy; breed choice; the expenses involved; feed and water; fences, pens, and shelters; and manure handling. These topics and others are treated with greater detail throughout the remainder of the book. For the daring and energetic entrepreneur, there is even a chapter on starting your own dairy operation. Thomas demonstrates her ability to address cattle matters, big and small, with which newcomers will have to deal. This friendly and useful guide is strongly recommended for public libraries.-William H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580175968
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 426,893
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Smith Thomas raises cattle and horses on her family ranch in Salmon, Idaho. She is the author of 10 books and thousands of articles on animal health care. Her books include Essential Guide to Calving, Getting Started with Beef & Dairy Cattle, and Storey's Guide to Raising Beef Cattle.

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