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Beef cattle farming is a business that continues to grow in the United States and around the world, and it will only grow larger as the demand for beef continues to increase. Raising Beef Cattle For Dummies provides you with an introduction to all aspects of raising beef cattle. Packed with expert tips from experienced farmers, it gives any level of cattle-raiser the tools needed to increase ...
Beef cattle farming is a business that continues to grow in the United States and around the world, and it will only grow larger as the demand for beef continues to increase. Raising Beef Cattle For Dummies provides you with an introduction to all aspects of raising beef cattle. Packed with expert tips from experienced farmers, it gives any level of cattle-raiser the tools needed to increase the quantity and quality of your farm's output and maintain a healthy herd.
Raising Beef Cattle For Dummies is the go-to resource for aspiring cattle farmers. With important information on health, handling, and breeding, and detailed coverage of equipment and supplies, it is teeming with useful information that anyone interested in raising cattle should have.
If you're an aspiring cattle farmer looking to begin raising cattle or an established raiser interested in expanding your herd, Raising Beef Cattle For Dummies has you covered.
From Raising Beef Cattle For Dummies by Scott Royer, Nikki Royer
Beef cattle are amazing, hardy creatures that can convert otherwise unusable plants into high-quality beef for people. You can raise a few head of cattle to stock your own freezer with wholesome steaks, roasts, and other cuts of meat, or you can start your own beef cattle business and sell the butchered meat to customers. No matter what your end goal is, your beef cattle depend on you to look out for their well-being, so you must know how to tend to their needs, including properly choosing, feeding, and caring for them.
Selecting Healthy Beef Cattle and Bringing Them Home Safely
When raising beef cattle, you want to start off on the right hoof by selecting healthy animals and by making their transition to their new home as smooth as possible. Consider these pointers when getting started on your bovine adventure:
Feeding and Watering Your Beef Cattle
One of the main things you can do to keep your beef cattle healthy and content is to properly take care of their dietary needs. Here are some tips for tending to all four of your bovine's stomachs:
Keeping Your Beef Cattle Healthy
Sure, you can provide your beef cattle with medical care when it gets sick or hurt, but preventing disease and injury in the first place is even better. Practice the following measures to keep niggling beef cattle concerns from morphing into big problems:
Part I: Getting to Know Beef Cattle 7
Chapter 1: The Rewards and Responsibilities of Raising Beef Cattle 9
Chapter 2: Bovine Basics: Understanding Cattle Terminology and Anatomy 23
Chapter 3: From Angus to Zebu: Looking at Beef Cattle Breeds and Traits 35
Part II: Preparing to Bring Home the Beef 53
Chapter 4: Home on the Range: Preparing Your Facilities 55
Chapter 5: Chow Time: Planning Your Feeding Program 79
Chapter 6: Exploring Pasture, Manure, and Water Management 107
Chapter 7: Choosing and Buying Cattle 127
Part III: Cattle Handling, Health, and Breeding 145
Chapter 8: Understanding and Properly Handling Cattle 147
Chapter 9: Keeping Your Cattle Healthy 165
Chapter 10: Addressing Common Cattle Ailments 191
Chapter 11: Breeding Cows and Caring for Pregnant Females 213
Chapter 12: Looking After Calves Young and Old 241
Part IV: Realizing Your Cattle Business Potential 261
Chapter 13: Turning Your Extra Pastures into a Money-Making Business 263
Chapter 14: Showing and Selling Cattle 275
Chapter 15: Managing Your Beef Business 293
Part V: The Part of Tens 311
Chapter 16: Ten Common Mistakes to Avoid When Raising Cattle 313
Chapter 17: Ten (or so) Bizarre Bovine Behaviors . . . and What They Mean 321