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Raising Beef Cattle For Dummies Paperback – July 3, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0470930618 ISBN-10: 0470930616 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470930616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470930618
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Your hands-on guide to raising and caring for beef cattle

If you're an aspiring cattle farmer looking to begin raising cattle or an established herder interested in expanding your herd, Raising Beef Cattle For Dummies is your go-to resource. Chock-full of useful information that anyone interested in raising cattle should have, this useful guide provides important information on herd health, handling, and breeding, as well as detailed coverage of equipment and supplies.

  • Getting to know moo — take a look at the benefits and potential concerns of raising cattle, grasp the vocabulary that goes along with it, and get an intro to a broad array of cattle breeds

  • Bring home the beef — find out how to prepare your pastures, fences, and corrals, and get to know what your cattle like (and need) to eat and drink

  • Cattle care — get acquainted with bovine behavior, common cattle diseases, injuries, and treatments, and time-tested recommendations for caring for cattle at different stages of the life cycle

  • "Greener" pastures — discover the many ways to profit from your cattle business, from using pastures and grazing, showing and selling cattle, and selling beef direct to customers

Open the book and find:

  • Plain-English explanations of cattle terminology and anatomy

  • Beef cattle breeds and traits

  • How to prep your facilities for keeping cattle

  • Trusted guidance on planning a feeding program

  • Expert advice on pasture, manure, and water management

  • How to translate the "moo" and decipher body language

  • Ways to keep your bovines healthy

  • Information on feeding cattle a finishing diet and working with beef processors

Learn to:

  • Humanely handle, care for, and breed beef cattle

  • Prevent, evaluate, and treat common cattle ailments

  • Create an open and safe habitat for cattle

About the Author

Nikki and Scott Royer, graduates of the Purdue University School of Agriculture, raise cattle on their diversified family farm in Indiana. In addition to raising the calves from their own cow herd, the Royers also purchase and finish feeder cattle from other producers.


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Information is easy to read and understand.
Don Don
My husband and I are toying with the idea of raising a few cattle, and this book tells us all we need to know to decide if it's the right thing to do for us.
L. Peters
It is a great beginners book to learn the basics.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terry L on July 30, 2012
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My grandparents and many of my aunts and uncle raised milk and beef cattle. I have always been interested in cattle. I really have no desire to have any of my own, but I like the subject, so I obtained the book to learn more. I did learn more. There is an incredible amount of stuff in this book. Most of the book is standard information that one would need like what to feed your cattle, what to do with all that manure, and other cattle-type stuff. But throughout the book, one finds interesting tidbits of information. For example, I never knew that when you approached one of these critters from a distance that you should walk in a zig zag pattern (the reason has to do with their vision). Who knew--well, the guy who wrote the book knew.

Anyway, the book was interesting, had a whole lot of information and was fun to read. It covers just about everything I could think of asking, from feeding to crazy cow behavior. If you want to learn about beef cattle, this would be a good book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. McGee VINE VOICE on July 30, 2012
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We recently bought a new house that sits on about 2.5 acres and almost every year, we buy a beef cow from someone else, have it packaged and share it with family. It's a huge money saver.

Now that I have the room, I'm very interested in raising a cow of my own but wasn't sure how hard it would be or time consuming and was having a lot of doubts so I was very happy to see this book on offer.

I found lots of good information regarding what to feed them and how to take care of them. I think having one or two cows is very viable for me. The book made it seem like it wouldn't be hugely time consuming to do. Now rather than paying someone else to raise it, I'm pretty sure I could do it on my own and I know NOTHING about animals that aren't pets. I found the book to be concise and in language I could understand. I'm sure raising a herd is harder than just one but there was information within the book that you could use regardless of how many you are wanting to raise.

I also found the section on breeds of cattle to be very informative. This book goes into pretty much everything from feeding, behavior, how to prepare a pasture, etc. I was ready to call my local vet if I had any questions but after reading, found that everything I was concerned about was covered within the book, especially making sure your cow stays healthy because since they can't talk and aren't the brightest animals, how would you tell when they need something before whatever that is gets really bad and they require a vet? The book details what to watch for. I'm feeling pretty comfortable about getting my own animal after reading.

I think this book will be a very good reference after I get the animal as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Sullivan VINE VOICE on November 2, 2012
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This book is a great resource for not only the student of agriculture, but also the curious. The requirements, benefits and responsibilities of cattle ownership get coverage in significant detail considering the size of the text. I find the overview of the process quite interesting.

The opening chapter explores the path to a life in cattle breeding, while the remaining chapters encompass what to do once there. This thorough text includes insider tips, which make the subject even more approachable.

One would certainly require formal instruction to pursue a career in cattle breeding, but "Raising Beef Cattle for Dummies" provides such deep insight into the subject that I consider it an excellent place to start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen E. Koch VINE VOICE on November 4, 2012
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I always feel safe ordering these 'Dummy' books. Guess they fit me. ;) This one is up to par with lots of information fo the beginning hobby farmer or someone interested in raising their own meat supply. Every aspect is covered and there is always a good balance of pictures/ drawings versus text. Pleasing page layouts make it an easy read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie on December 21, 2012
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A good book for the very very new beginner to raising cattle. Maybe for a 4-H person just getting into it. I am the wife of a rancher and thought it would be good to know more myself. Not much new here for me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Krykie VINE VOICE on August 17, 2012
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I married into a family of cattle ranchers whose family has been ranching for over one hundred years. They know all there is to know about beef cattle, and I knew very little.

This book in no way will help you "become" a cattle rancher or do much to help you raise your own beef, but it will help you understand the industry and the daily work a little better. Just as "Football for Dummies" won't help you play football, this isn't all you need to raise beef cattle but it will help you in your conversation with ranchers, and will provide a foundation on which to learn more from others.

Strongly recommend as a foundation from which to learn more and lose a bit of "greenhorn."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cindy L Yates on November 3, 2013
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I bought this book for my son's birthday. He is just getting started in raising beef cattle and says this book has very useful information and has helped with his decisions regarding the buying and caring of his cattle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Folck on October 17, 2013
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I've been around cattle my entire life and own some myself now. This book still taught me some new tips and tricks. From the beginner to the intermediate cattleman, you'll take away something new from this book.
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