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Product Details

  • Series: How to Raise...
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; 1st edition (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760328021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760328026
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Midwest Book Review, July 2007

“Rural library holdings or college-level collections strong in agricultural sciences will find it a top primer introducing the topic.”



ANIMAL PEOPLE, animalpeoplenews.org, Oct. 29, 2007

“The utilitarian titles and the Future Farmers of America logo on the covers of How To Raise Chickens, How To Raise Cattle, and How To Raise Horses conceal and camouflage a wealth of indications inside about how profoundly animal advocacy is beginning to influence animal agriculture.”

From the Back Cover

No matter if your goal is to raise a few head or a large herd of dairy or beef cattle, the expert advice in this hands-on guidebook will tell you all you need to know. How to Raise Cattle: Everything You Need to Know guides readers through beef and dairy operations from beginning to end—from choosing the right breed and providing proper feed and shelter to the concerns of health care and the finer points of breeding and marketing. With more than 200 color photographs, the book covers conventional, sustainable, and organic farming practices to cover all aspects for anyone interested in raising their own herd.

 

Easy-to-follow advice helps you to:

·        Choose breeds and obtain cattle

·        House and feed cattle

·        Manage your herd and keep it healthy

·        Breeding programs

·        Deliver and raise calves

·        Show cattle at fairs and club meets

 

 

Since 1928, the National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, has been dedicated to agricultural education. Today, there are more than 490,000 members in 7,210 chapters in all 50 states as well as 5,000,000 alumni around the country.

 

The contents of this book were reviewed and approved by Dr. Clint Rusk, Purdue University Associate Professor of the Youth Development and Ag. Education Department, in accordance with industry standards.

 

Author Philip Hasheider raises cattle on a farm with his wife and children in rural Sauk City, Wisconsin.

Customer Reviews

Color photos are a great plus.
Beatrice Izzey
Beef cattle are much easier for the part time farmer to manage; they don't need to be milked every day, and the capital investment is much smaller for beef than dairy.
Richard B. Taber
Interesting and informative book.
van

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 7, 2007
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Whether your goal is to raise one cow or a larger herd of dairy or beef cattle, HOW TO RAISE CATTLE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW offers easy directions for any who would house, feed, choose breeds and raise cattle and calves. From basic health issues to showing cattle at fairs, over 200 color photos accompanies basic details any would-be cattle owners will find invaluable. Rural library holdings or college-level collections strong in agricultural sciences will find it a top primer introducing the topic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Keith G. Fry on March 12, 2009
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How to Raise Cattle was of little help if you are not knowledgeable about farming. There was very little detail about how to care for and market cattle. The author just kept referring you to your county extension agent for further information.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Hobbs on January 7, 2009
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If you know nothing about cows, this might be the book for you. If you have ever been around or helped raise cows this will be too basic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan on July 17, 2010
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Tries to cover too much ground with too little information. This book doesn't know if its about the economics of a beef operation or about how to care for cattle. The sections on fencing is a joke and there is absolutely nothing about how to manage the logistics of keeping a bull. There is too much information about AI if you just want to have someone do it, and too little to even consider doing it yourself.

If you want a coffee table book about cows, there are better ones, but the pictures are nice. I suppose if you live next door to a dairy or a farm, it might be nice "background reading" but it sure won't help when it comes to actually raising cattle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard B. Taber on October 13, 2010
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I have been around either dairy cows or beef cows for most of my life, and I found this book somewhat lacking in detail. "Cattle" are not "cattle"; they are either dairy cattle or they are beef cattle. There are serious worlds of difference between the two. Dairying is a full time job 365 days of the year; it may not be the same person doing all the work every day, but someone has to. Beef cattle are much easier for the part time farmer to manage; they don't need to be milked every day, and the capital investment is much smaller for beef than dairy. I found several pictorial errors in the book; sometimes captions were mislabelled as to referring to beef or dairy; in fact, on a second perusal, there are quite a few incorrectly labelled pictures. There are examples of dairy which are clearly beef, and vice versa. The editing for this book was not up to par. As many of the other reviews have stated, if you knew absolutely nothing about cattle you could look at this book and be given some information; most of the pictures themselves are fairly good quality. However, there are many other good books available which might better serve a person looking to get either into dairy, or beef.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Evans on December 1, 2009
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This book is a very nice, glossy brochure for city people who dream of starting a cattle operation to 'get back to the land' or 'live the simple life' or something similar. It's a good recruiting tool but is only helpful as a primer for someone who knows absolutely nothing about living in the country or raising farm animals. I recommend finding a more in depth book to get a real idea of what farming and ranching really means. This lifestyle is 24/7-365, all weather (the worse the weather the more you'll work) and all consuming. There are no vacations in this life. It's almost impossible to battle the corporate farms when working with an established operation and basically impossible to start from nothing. If you want to live in the country and play part-time farmer, look at goats or some other small animal that's easier to manage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Ramos on July 6, 2009
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Engaging book with great photos, it only covered the basics of raising cattle but is a great introduction to cattle ranching. Great book to read as a family before visiting a ranch
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I agree that this is an EXCELLENT book for people who are from urban environments and have never thought about the difference between dairy and beef cows, heifers and steers, why there are good and strong fences to enclose cows. Just never thought about these issues, yet I eat so much beef and dairy, almost every meal.

I had no idea that the life of the cattle farmer is so rife with disaster: calves that cannot be delivered safely, failure to avoid heat exhaustion, threat of contagious diseases, necessity of vaccinations, reality of badly behaved horned cows... it is a hard life.

The author does have an agenda: he believes cows are efficient converters of the sun's energy into grass into milk and beef... for humans. He makes beef and dairy consumption sound like it is a completely wholesome, irreproachable system.
He does not get political about carbon emissions or fossil fuel dependency in that he does not even discuss such issues.

Color photos are a great plus.
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