on 7 June 2008
Although i do not agree with every sentiment in the book on the whole this book is a must read. Every grassland farmer should study this book and then consider their own production methods. This book should be read in conjunction with Julius Ruechel's Grass fed Cattle. Amazingly these two authors do not reference each other but have adopted the same (or extremely similar) farming technique although from two different start points. Read them, then go and get some elctric fencing and have a play. I did and its working!
on 26 December 1997
Joel Salatin brings optimism and energy to this series of essays on how he raises beef (and other livestock ) on grass for direct market to urban consumers. He reveals his tricks in great detail, such as the egg-mobile, the pig-aerator, electric fencing, the warm winter hay shed, and how to promote the meat. A must for anyone looking for new ideas on raising livestock
on 26 February 2010
This book is excellent. Full of fantastic ideas and theories. A must for those who maybe want to get into Beef Farming as it offers a different approach to the dogmatic industrial 1950's model that everyone takes as gospel.
This book is refreshing and opens the mind to new possiblities.It makes you stop and think about what you want to do.
I have nothing but the upmost regard for the author and that fact that he is willing to be HONEST! a rare thing these days.
5 stars, 10 out of 10, BRILLIANT!
on 9 June 2012
Joel Salatin is an inspirational writer and credible author (he's actually practiced what he preaches!) - this particular book is fantastic. Salatin explains key principles in simple and accessible language, and manages to convey his own energy and 'can-do' attitude really well.
It's not a text-book, and isn't sufficient to produce an action plan to start a sustainable, successful pasture-based beef farm but is a great start!