Storey's Guide to Raising Beef Cattle

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Everything you need to know to raise one, two, or even a herd of beef cattle is in this book — the most comprehensive beef cattle guide available.

This definitive handbook will help both beginners and experienced owners capitalize on one of the world's most natural and efficient backyard livestock industries. Whether you simply want to make use of land that is too steep, too rocky, or too dry for growing crops, or you want to run a full-scale, modern beef production operation, ...

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Overview

Everything you need to know to raise one, two, or even a herd of beef cattle is in this book — the most comprehensive beef cattle guide available.

This definitive handbook will help both beginners and experienced owners capitalize on one of the world's most natural and efficient backyard livestock industries. Whether you simply want to make use of land that is too steep, too rocky, or too dry for growing crops, or you want to run a full-scale, modern beef production operation, this book will provide you with the information you need, including how to:

— Prepare comfortable, low-maintenance facilities

— Breed and calve cattle for specific genetic attributes

— Remedy cattle illnesses and maintain excellent herd health

— Understand cattle behavior

— Handle herds humanely and effectively

— Market your cattle business

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603424547
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 223,737
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (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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Table of Contents

Foreword

1 Breeds and Genetics: An Overview

2 Handling and Behavior of Beef Cattle

3 Issues in Buying and Selling

4 General Guidelines for Raising Beef Cattle

5 Pasture, Fencing, and Facilities

6 Feeding Cattle

7 Keeping Cattle Healthy

8 Growing and Breeding Heifers

9 Care of the Pregnant Cow

10 Calving

11 Care of the Newborn Calf

12 Calf Health

13 Weaning the Calves

14 Rebreeding

Glossary

Sources

Suppliers

Cooperative Extension Service

Breed Organizations

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