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The Family Cow (Garden Way Publishing Book) Paperback – January 3, 1976
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This is the basic book -- yet with all the essential details -- for the family that decides to keep a cow for all the benefits she can provide. Learn first the costs, the gains, what she gives and takes. There are practical, fully illustrated chapters that include:
- The history and behavior of the cow.
- Nutritional needs, from grass to milk.
- Buying a cow -- the sources, breeds and factors to consider.
- Handling techniques, housing and fencing.
- Feeds and feeding -- cow and calf.
- Milking and uses of milk.
- Health and diseases, breeding and calving.
- Growing feed crops, use of manure.
The Family Cow is complete with data charts and tables, a glossary of agricultural terms, and source lists of books and equipment.
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While not from a farm, I was raised in farm country with corn fields and pastures of dairy cattle all around. In high school, I spent many weekends farming.
For all of that, formal education leading to a BS from the New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell did not prepare me to raise pigs or any livestock for that matter. The BSc was in Wildlife Management, a profession left behind upon graduation. Medical research and a stint in the Peace Corps (Colombia 12) were side trips on the way to three years in journalism, working for daily newspapers in Missouri and Colorado. Freelance writing and a children's book published by Lippincott were next, followed by the move to Nova Scotia. To live out White's dream? Perhaps. It was but a matter of months before the back-to-the-land movement - inspired by another Mainer, Scott Nearing ("Living the Good Life") - swept across Canada's maritime provinces.
Before long I had my own small pastures and barns overlooking the ocean and soon had a cow. Then came pigs, followed a few years later by how-to books, "The Family Cow" and "Small Scale Pig Raising," which were intended as management guides for newcomers to farming. These were published by Garden Way Publishing in Charlotte, Vermont. At that time the company, along with Troy-Bilt, was owned by Lyman Wood, with Walter Hard Jr. retired editor of Vermont Life serving as editor. Quite a team. It was a pleasure working with them.
Now, these many years later, it is a pleasure to have the chance to work with Echo Point Books bringing "Small Scale Pig Raising" up to date.
Top Customer Reviews
Amply and simply illustrated no-nonsense text on everything from the raw vs. pasteurized debate to milking technique and milk product recipes. Lots of charts and graphs and anatomical renderings for thoroughly understanding the animal and the functions of milk production at home.
There isn't a question that's come up that I couldn't find the answer to in this book and we have a happy Family Cow because of it.
Consider this book a necessity for your farm library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, practical advice for the family who just wants or has one cow. Would love a few more details regarding calf care, immunization schedule type of info.Published 7 months ago by RBees
bought for a friend. Great service, shipping/shape and price! thanksPublished 10 months ago by oldmomma
This book arrived in poor condition. It had 6 pages ripped from the binding placed in the of the book. It has to be repaired. Disappointed.Published 16 months ago by Larissa C de Ruyter
This is a great book to put you in the proper mindset for making a commitment to maintaining an animal of this nature. Read morePublished 17 months ago by V Herenchak
My husband is a Veterinarian and he LOVES this book.Published 17 months ago by The Forgiven Former Feminist
I have farmed all my life, still learned some things from this book, great investment.Published 18 months ago by Samuel Koger
I purchased this book before getting my first cow. I like that the author writes it for the person that may not want to spend a ton of money outfitting. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Julie Ochoa
this was a gift for my son and he requested this and other books related to small scale farming. Perfect!Published on January 5, 2014 by Kim Shultz