Grass-Fed Cattle: How to Produce and Market Natural Beef

Grass-Fed Cattle: How to Produce and Market Natural Beef

by Julius Ruechel


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Join the movement toward safe, healthy, sustainable grass-fed cattle farming. Take advantage of the naturally efficient relationship between cattle and pasture to create a profitable, financially stable enterprise, regardless of the size of your farm, the climate where you live, or your current farming practices.

Cattle are wonderfully adept at converting grass into meat, fat, and milk. Here, Julius Ruechel gives you the management and marketing tools you need to meet your personal, financial, and farming goals. Whether you are beginning a new enterprise or changing from a more conventional feeding and management system, Grass-Fed Cattle offers complete information on running a profitable, environmentally sustainable farm based on the efficiency of cattle and grass.

Learn how to:
*Make the transition from a conventional, grain-fed program to grass-fed production
*Manage grazing practices and soil and grass conditions to maximize cattle health and your time and resources
*Successfully market your grass-fed beef
*Use the step-by-step workbook provided for detailed, customized business planning

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580176057
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 07/01/2006
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 528,918
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Julius Ruechel spent three years converting his family’s beef cattle ranch in British Columbia into a certified organic farm with grass-fed cattle and organic field crops. He then established his own grass-fed beef farm in Canada’s Yukon Territory. He is the author of Grass-Fed Cattle and currently lives in British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Part ONE: The Fundamentals of Grass-Based Beef

The Great Herds and Their Grasslands
The Ticking of Geologic Time • The Great Herds • Lessons from the Herd

Genetics and Breeding: Selecting the Right Animals for Your Herd
The Pitfalls of Single-Trait Selection • Environment and Climate • Characteristics of the Ideal Breeding Animal • Culling Animals: Training Your Predatory Eye • Breeding for Your Target Market

The Cattle Year on Grass
The Calving Season and Predator Exposure • The Calf: Birth to Sexual Development • The Heifer Calf: Sexual Development to Calving • Photoperiod: Sunlight and Fertility • The Bull Calf: Sexual Development to Breeding • Cattle Processing: The Human Role in the Cattle Year • Marketing Grass-Fed Cattle • Moving the Calving Season

Grass and Grazing
The Rumen: The Forge that Turns Grass into Beef • Root Reserves and the Ideal Grazing Interval • A Recipe for Healthy Soil • Grass Varieties • Rejuvenating Old Pastures

Part TWO: Infrastructure and Management

Electric Fences and Rotational Grazing
Factors to Consider • Energizers • Permanent Wires • Posts and Braces • Insulators • Permanent Gates • Portable Electric Fencing • Training Cattle to Respect Electric Fences • Understanding the Goals of Pasture Rotation • Pasture Rotation: Herd Migration in Your Own Backyard • Training the Herd for Pasture Moves • Managing the Calving Season on Pasture

Livestock Water
How Much Water Do Cattle Need to Drink? • Peak Water Supply • Water Quality • Direct Access to Open Water • Pumping Water • Water Storage • Piping Water • Cattle Behavior at the Water Trough •

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“For people starting out in raising grass-fed beef, this book is essential. For the experienced grass farmer, this book is an important addition to the library.” – Temple, Grandin, designer of humane livestock facilities; author of Animals in Translation

“This book walks the reader through every phase of grass-fed beef production, often detailing aspects found wanting in textbooks on the subject. Its lessons are international and conquer the environmental differences under which grass is grown and fed. Outstanding!” – Charles Walters, Executive Editor of Acres, USA

“An excellent how-to book for grass-based natural cattle production…one you will want to read and re-read many times.” – from the foreword by Allan Nation, Editor of The Stockman Grass Farmer

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