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Getting Started with Beef & Dairy Cattle
North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing, 2005
SF207 .T46 2005
A single cow can provide milk or beef for a large family with plenty to spare. A small herd of cattle will get you started in the rapidly growing business of natural dairy or meat production. Whatever the scope of your cattle-farming vision, it's crucial to identify your needs and budget, and choose the proper type and breed of cattle. You've decided to raise beef cattle but do you want to begin by breeding heifers or raising steer to fatten for market? When it comes to dairy breeds are you better off with a less-than-perfect purebred animal or an excellent grade (unregistered) animal? These questions and every other aspect of use, conformation, disposition, and milk or meat yield and flavor are addressed in thorough detail to give even the newest farmer the confidence to choose and purchase knowledgeably.
Beyond general standards and characteristics, Heather Smith Thomas also discusses specific breed attributes - Milking Shorthorns, for example, are noted for long life and easy calving - and how size, color, body shape, hair length, and milking ability make each animal more or less suitable to various needs. To complement the text, full-color photographs help you identify the many choices.
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