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A Field Guide to Cows: How to Identify and Appreciate America's 52 Breeds [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia (31 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140273883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140273885
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 20.3 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,527,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A guide to the cows of North America provides descriptions of fifty-two cattle breeds and includes tips for cow watchers, general cow facts, and a section on famous cows in history.

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Your handy guide for cow watching in North America.
Learn the difference between a Simmental and Hereford. Find out what state has the most dairy cows. Discover the origin of the Texas Longhorn. See how many spots cover an official black and white Holstein.

A Field Guide to Cows features detailed descriptions of 52 cool cow breeds. Each breed description includes a tasteful illustration, invaluable information on the cow's origin and history, and statistics on abundance and popularity. Also learn about: the best milking cow, the smallest cow, the longest-horned cow, and many more cows. Also includes: tips on cow watching, scores of cow facts, famous cows in history, and a genuine field-tested cow call.

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Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon : This is both a read-at-home and take-along book.

The Courier-Journal, Kentucky : ...a fascinating and sometimes very funny paperback book with 141 pages of cow facts and more.

Customer Comments powerplay@cheerful.com from Melbourne, Australia , 12/12/97, rating=8: Anyone who likes cows will like this book. This book has a light-hearted feel to it - and why not ? Cows are a bit hard to take seriously ! But 'A Field Guide to Cows' is not an attempt to poke fun AT cows, it is a fun , very readable summary of all the major types of cows, suitable for both beginners and experienced cow farmers. The non-serious nature of the book means you are more likely to keep re-reading it and learn more than you would from a boring serious book. I lent a copy of this to a cow farmer who normally doesn't enjoy books, and he loved it ! Cows Rule , OK?


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I live, with four widely spaced neighbors in 20 miles, in the high desert 84 miles east of San Diego. No one in their right mind lives out here unless they are in the coyotes/cows category as we evidently are. Today I had to go into town, and on the lonely road through miles of ranchland I saw a white VW camper like mine stopped alongside the road. I approached it slowly to try to see if it were an intentional or accidental stop. The guy in the driver's seat waived as I passed but looked contented as a cow to be there. In fact, he looked like he was just sitting there watching the cows nearby. Yet nobody out here watches cows, so a couple of miles down the road I started worrying. I turned back and asked him if he needed help. "Just watching cows," he said, and held up..."A Field Guide to Cows." Immediately I made a U-turn to check out this book. WOW!! Right away we found in it a Polled Gray I'd spotted at a Santa Ysabel ranch and was dying of curiously to identify. Had to have this book. (This elderly guy, all alone and recently returned from stargazing at Anza Borrego Desert State Park, had stopped to watch an Angus calf being nursed by a Jersey mom.) This book's a great way to meet great people as well as great cows! And living out here, I know Amazon will get it to me fast without having to burn 8 gallons worth of gas to the nearest store.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No cow-tipping allowed 6 May 2014
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“A Field Guide to Cows” is a semi-humorous book, which really can be used as a field guide to said ruminants. There are no photos, though, just black-and-white drawings. While this keeps the price down, it might disappoint one or two cow-lovers.

52 breeds found in the United States are included, from the ubiquitous Holstein milk cows to stranger breeds like the Dexter (only three feet high) or the hairy Scottish Highland Cattle. Some cow breeds have pretty obvious names, such as Beefmaster or Milking Shorthorn. There's also a breed called Brangus. Yes, you guessed it: it's a cross between the Brahman and the Angus!

The book contains a lot of comic-like pictures, including one with the caption “The cow is of the Bovine ilk; One end is moo, the other, milk”. The author has also included jocular recommendations about what not to do when cow-spotting: “Don't chase cows. They just might turn and chase you” or “Don't moo excessively at cows with calves”. The best one is “Don't cow tip”. Don't do…what exactly?

Not sure how to rate this near-novelty stuff, but for the comic relief value, perhaps four stars?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A-moozing! 23 Jan 2011
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I love it. It has all the cows of America in it, and everything about it. Where every cheese comes from, where the most milk's made. I recommend it 100%.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Word of Mouth Advertising Works With Cow Books 20 May 1999
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I live, with four widely spaced neighbors in 20 miles, in the high desert 84 miles east of San Diego. No one in their right mind lives out here unless they are in the coyotes/cows category as we evidently are. Today I had to go into town, and on the lonely road through miles of ranchland I saw a white VW camper like mine stopped alongside the road. I approached it slowly to try to see if it were an intentional or accidental stop. The guy in the driver's seat waived as I passed but looked contented as a cow to be there. In fact, he looked like he was just sitting there watching the cows nearby. Yet nobody out here watches cows, so a couple of miles down the road I started worrying. I turned back and asked him if he needed help. "Just watching cows," he said, and held up..."A Field Guide to Cows." Immediately I made a U-turn to check out this book. WOW!! Right away we found in it a Polled Gray I'd spotted at a Santa Ysabel ranch and was dying of curiously to identify. Had to have this book. (This elderly guy, all alone and recently returned from stargazing at Anza Borrego Desert State Park, had stopped to watch an Angus calf being nursed by a Jersey mom.) This book's a great way to meet great people as well as great cows! And living out here, I know Amazon will get it to me fast without having to burn 8 gallons worth of gas to the nearest store.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment 16 Feb 2004
By Tom Hogard - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for a cutesy book you won't be disappointed. If you are looking for information on identifying cattle of various breeds accurately - keep looking. This book has a cut out mask that you can hold in front of your face so you can moo at cows over the fence. There are no photographs of cows or anything else. Black and white sketches only. Buyer beware!!!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for cow-lovers everywhere 11 Sep 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After reading all those reviews about people who have this book and saying how great it is, I finally have it and I must admit they are all absolutely right. Not only is this indispenseble companion fascinating, but it is also hillarious.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You mean different cows actually have breed names? 27 Aug 2001
By M. Swinney - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this lightly entertaining, packed fact chock-full, irreverent little book as a gift from my mother-in-law. Yes, a woman from Southwest Oregon, raised in cattle country on a huge ranch that had been in the family for generations. This was a sympathy gift for me, when playing family trivia pursuit, I responded with surprise when a "Holstein" came out as the answer to a question. First there were blank stares in my direction from around the table, and then came surprise, disbelief, and finally the boisterous and gratuitous laughter, all generated by my unknowledge of the wonderful Holstein. I could see it in their eyes...my esteem took a whack downwards that day in their bovine-wise eyes. The scandal and shame of it, with me being from Texas and all. Now I know a Holstein is a dairy cow with spots. I'm armed and semi-dangerous with this funny book. Did you know that a Piedmont has a big, big beefy butt? A Cow can detect odors up to five miles away (they must despise being a cow then with the way they smell)? How about how many stomachs a cow has? A: 4. You would know all this if you had this book. I wouldn't call this book essential or anything quite that elevated, but it is truly fun. If you get laughed at for not knowing a Guernsey from a Galloway, you might want to get this book. I used to hate cows when I saw what they did to the land, whilst hiking in Idaho. Now that I have the book, I don't hate them quite as much.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 1 Dec 2002
By MiloJRT - Published on Amazon.com
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I am your basic cow enthusiast- someone who just enjoys looking at them on a back-road commute to work. I bought this book to learn a little bit more about the cows I see every day. I am also a classroom teacher and I hoped to share some of the info I learned here with my students. The book is terrific, has great facts and info about each cow. The only drawback is that the pictures are not in color and are not even photographs- they are kind of a sketched drawing of each cow. However, this doesn't take away too much from the quality of the book.
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