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Comment: Paperback published by Garden Way Publishing of Vermont - second printing August 1976. Spine is not creased. Wear to spine ends. Cover corners are rubbed. Small area of foxing at lower right corner of rear cover. Pages ix + 262 incintroduction, glossary, reading list, appendix, index, B & W drawings and photos.Light foxing to top & fore edges. Two small marks to top edge.
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A complete guide to the basics of cow selection, handling, milking, care, and breeding that provides detailed information on raising feed crops and utilizing manure.

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Everything you wanted to know about Bossy, but didn't ask. 25 Jan. 2000
By Christopher Douglas - Published on
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This is a wonderfully entertaining book. It is full of essential knowledge, as well as humor. I'm the son of a dairy farmer who is the son of a dairy farmer. I will be the first person to admit that I learned a lot from this book. The subject depth that the author goes into in each chapter is great. Everything is explained in simple terms yet gets very detailed. I would compare his ability to keep a complex subject simple to the writings of Isaac Asimov. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a serious interest in small scale farming, the family farm, or simply wants to know all the essentials about cattle.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Tons of information 10 Sept. 2002
By T. Klaty - Published on
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This book has everything you need to know about owning your own cow...kinds of cows and their temperaments, purchasing a cow, how to care for it, fences and barns to build for it, milking, foods to prepare with the milk, breeding and calving, you name it. Much detail is given in each subject, including drawings and pictures, but the author avoids being a bore with his dry humor. We knew absolutely nothing about cows, but now feel some confidence after reading this book!
43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
The rulebook for owning a milk cow. 28 Dec. 1999
By k. powers - Published on
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Broken up into vital aspects of cow ownership and handling, this book is a god-send for anyone venturing into this arena. Van Loon has a great sense of humor that adds to the value of the material. We now have our Jersey milk cow and the book is constanly open. And yes, God did put cows on the earth to be eaten as well as milked!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Reference Tool 7 Feb. 2009
By S. Hopper - Published on
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This book was not only inspiring and reassuring to read the first time for first time milkers, it has become a reference goldmine for all things milk cow. It was also an revealing look at the history, governmental diminishment, and eventual popular reemergence of the family milk cow.
Amply and simply illustrated no-nonsense text on everything from the raw vs. pasteurized debate to milking technique and milk product recipes. Lots of charts and graphs and anatomical renderings for thoroughly understanding the animal and the functions of milk production at home.
There isn't a question that's come up that I couldn't find the answer to in this book and we have a happy Family Cow because of it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Must buy for sustainability farmers 31 Aug. 2010
By Marilyn - Published on
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After owning my first cow without knowing any of the basics, this book is invaluable to me. The information on how and what to feed my cow and calf helped me immensely. I wandered from feed store to feed store trying to obtain information on what to feed my dairy cow. The chapter on nutrition includes diagrams of the ruminant digestive system, which helped me understand why the right diet would protect my cow's health, and make her more productive over the years. There are great stories about how to choose your own family cow, and how to match the animal with your capabilities, farm and goals.

Consider this book a necessity for your farm library.
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