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on 29 May 2013
didn't find it relevant to use in this country, far too american based, I needed info for uk , sent it back
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on 14 February 1999
Heather Smith Thomas has written a concise, yet thorough, guide to raising beef cattle that is useful to both the novice and the experienced cattle rancher.
As a breeder of purebred cattle, I found explanations and descriptions of techniques in this book that have been very helpful. The author not only describes "how-to," she also tells why and leaves no detail unexplained. Her style of writing and language is easily understood, and the book is arranged so that information is easy to find.
The forward, written by Baxter Black, is, of course, hilarious.
I highly recommend this book for anyone, experienced or not, who is interested in learning all about raising cattle.
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on 17 April 2009
This book is brilliant. I borrowed it from the school library for a project. It is very detailed and I really respect the author. She has shown her skills and encourages others into farming. She is not afraid to be a female farmer but instead she shows that she can work with cattle and she knows about them, while encouraging others to learn from her. She even talks about how difficult it is to separate feelings for the animals when it comes to slaughter time but she explains how it is essential if the business is to succeed. She also describes how important farming is to farmers and how it is not just a job but a way of life. Nowadays we are losing our touch and understanding of farming and she explains so simply, delicately and yet factually.
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on 18 February 1999
This book really packs a wallop. So much valuable information packed into one book that could only be written by someone who has "seen it all". Not only is purely technical information given, but Thomas gives great insight into cattle psychology which is a great boon in helping a cattleman to work safely around these large animals. Thomas has left no stone unturned and this book should be well read and dog-eared by every beef cattle farmer.
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on 5 April 1999
This is a easy reading book packed full of common sense animal care. I wish I'd seen it years ago. I think the 4-H program should recommend it to all beef project children. Covers all the major areas- wt gain, illness, even wind chill- what more can you want.
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on 21 March 2011
Really like this book. Read it all the way through. Easy to understand and follow. Good info inside. Would recommend for someone starting up. Will refer to it again. Quite good on the grass raising style
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on 3 March 2013
highly recommended. lots of details, pictures and all aspects covered. I keep going back to it for more information, its always handy for a second opinion
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on 10 June 2013
Very helpful like all other storeys guides. Can definitely recommend them. Have several and use them all the time as a reference book
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on 30 October 2013
Full of detail and relevant info but the fact that it is written for an American readership makes some of the content irrelevant.
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on 14 April 2016
lots of great information relating to cows
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