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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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Successfully raise grass-fed cattle and enjoy the benefits of great-tasting beef and a financially stable enterprise. In this comprehensive guide, Julius Ruechel covers every aspect of raising healthy and thriving grass-fed cattle, offering advice on herd selection, pasture management, medical care, necessary equipment, winter grazing, slaughtering procedures, and more. With tips on creating a viable business plan and identifying niche markets for your beef, Ruechel provides everything you need to know to develop a profitable and environmentally sustainable grass-fed cattle operation.  

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580176057
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 07/01/2006
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 388,891
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.94(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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