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Getting Started with Beef and Dairy Cattle Paperback – 1 Jul 2005

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Books; 1st ed. edition (July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580175961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580175968
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,149,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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will help inexperienced farmers select the breed that is best-suited for their goals." "

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With the information in this book you can reap the pleasures and rewards of using your land to raise healthy, happy and productive animals. " American Small Farm""

About the Author

Heather Smith Thomas raises cattle and horses on her family ranch in Salmon, Idaho. She is the author of 10 books and thousands of articles on animal health care. Her books include "Essential Guide to Calving", "Getting Started with Beef & Dairy Cattle", and "Storey's Guide to Raising Beef Cattle".

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Good book, covers most aspects of starting a cattle herd for a beginner. Geared towards US small farmers but still helpful
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic--as usual! 14 Dec. 2006
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I have a number of Heather Smith Thomas' horse books as well as Storey's Gude to Raising Cattle and I think this is one of Heather's best so far. As is typical of her writing (and Storey books in general), everything is presented in an orderly, interesting, and easily absorbed manner--the great illustrations are icing on the cake! I have only one bovine, a pet steer at that, yet the cattle care information in this volume was as applicable to my one steer as it would be to a herd of farmed beef cattle. This is by far the most useful small-scale cattlekeeping guide I've yet seen. Highly recommended!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, informative book 25 July 2008
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This book was very informative for my neighbor and myself who bought 3 calves each to raise for beef. Feeding specifications were pretty general, but informative. See your local farmers coop for help picking out a good feed for your animals if you don't know what you are quite doing yet. Our local MFA proved to be very helpful.

The book has and EXCELLENT section on the health and wellness of your cow. I learned more than I would of ever imagined in this section of the book. There is a rather extensive section of book pertaining to dairy cows, which I read anyway and it was very informative.

The suggestions that were given in this book were very handy for an amatuer farmer such as myself. Would recommend for anyone buying/owning their cow!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative read--both for raising beef and dairy cattle 12 Mar. 2009
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Though I haven't read any other cattle books to compare it to, I found Heather Smith Thomas's Getting Started with Beef and Dairy Cattle informative and surprisingly detailed for its size. Noticing the "Getting Started" part of the title, I expected the scope of this book to be considerably limited and read more like a Dummy's how-to guide. It was, in fact, anything but shallow. The detail put into the medical section was particularly impressive; Heather writes about numerous ailments that can afflict your cattle, including which cattle are the most susceptible, how to prevent it, and how to treat it. The book also includes a brief glossary, and concise descriptions and color photos of beef and dairy breeds.
Personally, I picked up this book for the dairy information, but actually found information within the beef chapters that applied to cattle management in general. (If you buy this book for the dairy or beef information exclusively, be sure to read the book in its entirety, rather than skip around.)
As another customer said, I wish Heather had been more detailed concerning nutrition. She's pretty general, discussing carbs and where they're found, for example, rather than giving you an idea of what cattle's daily diet might look like.
This book definitely has something to offer and is well worth looking into!
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3.0 out of 5 stars I was a bit disappointed, I was expecting (or perhaps hoping for) more ... 25 Oct. 2014
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I was a bit disappointed, I was expecting (or perhaps hoping for) more info on the different breeds. And more breeds discussed then were in the book. Information like which do better in different enviorments etc. If anyone knows of such a resource let me know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book- Highly recommend it. 8 Oct. 2013
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"Maintaing Healthy Cattle" and "Beef Herd Management" were both excellent chapters in the book. Unlike the Storey's Guide, this book gave prevention/treatment advise on common health issues on Cattle- which i really appreciated seeing. Makes me feel more confident about issues and best ways to go about it and hopefully never run into. I throughly enjoyed the herd management, learning which each season brought in terms of care, vaccinations, caving and re-bredding. I have not read the Dairy section in this book, as i plan to have Dairy Goats instead, so i can not attest to how great that section is.
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