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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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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.
I am a reviewer but I purchased this at full price. It is well written and I have recommended it to several people that fell in love with my calf and asked if a family cow was right for them.
Consider this book a necessity for your farm library.