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Keeping A Family Cow Paperback – March 1, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0963181442 ISBN-10: 0963181440 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Coburn Press; 5th edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963181440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963181442
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

At 85, Joann still milks her cow every day. If you want to know more, read The Heifer Diary, a daily diary of cow milking - the oldest blog on the web - just search for Keeping a Family Cow Heifer Diary, and find Joann on Facebook at Keeping a Family Cow.

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It will help you get ready before you bring "Bossy" home!
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I read the entire book in one day as i found it to be a very engaging and enjoyable read.
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I have read it several times through already, and have had it only a few weeks.
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145 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Laura Grout on March 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
At the time when I ordered this book, I was living in a trailer park, and researching nutrition carefully. I am a mother of five children, and our family keeps growing, so I want to be sure that our family gets the best nutrition we can. I feel that good nutrition is something every mother should strive to give her children, no matter how rich or poor.
So, after learning that untreated milk (unpasteurized, unhomogenized) is better for your health, I went looking for a legal way to obtain raw milk for my family. I started out at [...] (the Weston A. Price organization is aimed at getting nutrient-dense foods onto America's dinner tables) and could not find any suppliers in my area.
I started looking at the possibility of getting my own cow to milk, and ordered this book. In the first few chapters, Joann explains the value of the cow, and untreated dairy products. Then, she goes on to explain all the how-to's of having a cow. This book alone convinced me that I wanted to leave the city and the trailer park and have some land with a cow!
Since owning the book, I have referred to it often. When my cow got bloat, I quickly referred to the book to find out what to do. I saved my cow's life because Joann's words were right there, even though she lives far away from me. I'm so glad that she wrote this book, and even more glad that I own it. Joann also has an online diary (which I LOVE to read) and an online discussion forum that has been very helpful.
Oh, and one more thing, there is nothing comparable to the taste of food that you've raised yourself, not to mention the superior nutrition and absence of hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, and herbicides. It is a wonderful life, and this book helped me to have the confidence to jump in with both feet and do it!
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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book! It covers all areas of keeping a milk cow for your family practically, clearly, and concisely. It covers caring for your cow, feeding and health concerns, milking, breeding and calving. It also covers caring for your milk, making butter and other home dairy products. My copy is dog-eared and butter-stained, I refer to it often.
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93 of 104 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
Why is modern America so dissatisfied with life? We're rolling in wealth to the extent that we can afford vacations to Europe, boats, swimming pools and $100 concert tickets. We don't have to bother raising or even cooking our own food, because multinational corporations continue to discover ways to produce technologically advanced, highly processed food products at lower and lower cost. We don't have to repair our own cars, clean our own houses, or mow our own grass. We own multiple automobiles, televisions, computers and even places to live. We take advantage of a standard of living that exceeds most other countries on the planet. To quote a popular song, "The Future's so Bright, We Gotta Wear Shades." Why then are so many of us taking Prozac, seeing therapists, and finding less and less joy in our daily lives? It's difficult to contemplate, but many of us somehow feel disconnected from our daily existence. Despite being surrounded by incredible riches, we somehow long for a lifestyle that no longer seems attainable. Something important seems to be missing. No only can't we identify what's missing, we don't have a clue on how to restore it to our lives. Joann Grohman's book, Keeping a Family Cow, provides a great deal of insight into this very issue.
Keeping in character with the book's premise, the author provides a detailed guidebook for nurturing and managing a dairy cow while successfully integrating such a creature into a modern lifestyle. Presented in an easy-to-understand, straightforward manner, the book offers up a plethora of information designed to turn the most inexperienced neophyte into a competent dairyman.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Janet Crowley on January 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
We're city folks who have just gotten our dream place in the country. I've gotten all kinds of books on everything about gardening, livestock, cooking, canning, farm ponds, biofuel, windmills-you name it..I've been reading it. I've gotten several books on cows and cattle, and this is by far the best. Totally full of practical and useful information for the novice. Everything, step by step...How to milk by hand, how to feed her properly, problems to be aware of, emergency care when a vet is not readily available. Not just general information (I have another book that ends vertually every page with "contact your veterinarian or county extension agent)but complete with every detail and all the little tips that only come with experience. It may be a small point, but I especially liked the fact that Joann Grohman's cows have names. She lives with them, works with them, talks to them, and respects them.
We don't have our cow yet. We need some better fencing, and I'm not really satisfied with the quality of our pasture (too many woody weeds), but I do believe she will become a reality in the not too distant future.
Thanks Joann-your book is an inspiration.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Corinne on March 8, 2007
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Even though my cows are beef and not dairy I found this to be one of the most valuable books I have read. Easy to follow information that applies to anyone thinking of raising cattle on a small scale. Highly recommend !!
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