The Family Cow

Overview

This is the basic book -- yet with all the essential details -- for the family that decides to keep a cow for all the benefits she can provide. Learn first the costs, the gains, what she gives and takes. There are practical, fully illustrated chapters that include:

- The history and behavior of the cow.

- Nutritional needs, from grass to milk.

- Buying a cow -- the sources, breeds and factors to consider.

- Handling techniques, housing and fencing.

- Feeds and feeding -- cow and calf.

- Milking and uses of milk.

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Overview

This is the basic book -- yet with all the essential details -- for the family that decides to keep a cow for all the benefits she can provide. Learn first the costs, the gains, what she gives and takes. There are practical, fully illustrated chapters that include:

- The history and behavior of the cow.

- Nutritional needs, from grass to milk.

- Buying a cow -- the sources, breeds and factors to consider.

- Handling techniques, housing and fencing.

- Feeds and feeding -- cow and calf.

- Milking and uses of milk.

- Health and diseases, breeding and calving.

- Growing feed crops, use of manure.

The Family Cow is complete with data charts and tables, a glossary of agricultural terms, and source lists of books and equipment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882660660
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/3/1976
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 843,898
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author


Author Dirk van Loon has written two Storey books, The Family Cow and Small-Scale Pig Raising. He publishes a monthly newspaper for small-scale rural producers called Rural Delivery. Dirk is a graduate of the College of Agriculture at Cornell University and now lives in Nova Scotia.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter One: How Now, (One Brown Cow)?

Chapter Two: A History of Cattle

Chapter Three: Behaving Herself

Chapter Four: Buying A Cow

Chapter Five: Handling and Grooming Cows

Chapter Six: Buildings, Staking, Fencing

Chapter Seven: The Plants Cows Eat

Chapter Eight: Taking It All In

Chapter Nine: A Choice of Foods

Chapter Ten: Measuring Feed Ingredients

Chapter Eleven: Grass/Hay and Concentrates -- A Basic Diet

Chapter Twelve: Shaving the Food Budget

Chapter Thirteen: Milk and Milking

Chapter Fourteen: Milk and the Home Dairy

Chapter Fifteen: Breeding and Heat Periods

Chapter Sixteen: Calving and Calf-Feed -- Care of Young Stock

Chapter Seventeen: Health

Chapter Eighteen: Keeping the Land

Chapter Nineteen: Making and Storing Hay and Roots

One More Thing

Glossary

Other Books and Places

Appendix

Index

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