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Hobby Farms Beef Cattle offers experienced hobby farmers and beginners all of the essential information necessary to purchase and maintain a small herd of beef cattle. Starting with the basics, from biological traits and cow breeds to behavior and life cycle, it then describes what’s required for a hobby farmer to maintain a herd of cattle. From the selecting and purchasing process to cattle nutrition, handling cattle, keeping their herd healthy, breeding, and even marketing and processing their cattle, this comprehensive guide is filled with expert insight for every hobby farmer. Sidebars of fun trivia, stories from farmers, and useful advice also appear throughout the book.
Hobby Farms Beef Cattle serves as an excellent introduction to raising cows for food or simply to graze while mowing and fertilizing the pasture. This colorful guide offers experienced hobby farmers and beginners all of the essential information necessary to purchase and maintain a small herd of beef cattle. Starting with the basics, from biological traits and cow breeds to behavior and life cycle, it then describes what’s required for a hobby farmer to maintain a herd of cattle. Given the expense involved in the purchase and maintenance of beef cattle, all hobby farmers will welcome Hansen’s sound and sensible advice on how to buy the right cattle. Feeding and cattle nutrition is a complicated topic, and Hansen breaks it down into the three basic components: pasture, hay, and grain. Also included is expert advice on the fundamentals of handling cattle, as well as keeping beef cattle healthy through preventive methods, vaccinations, parasite control, and veterinary assistance. For hobby farmers planning to breed their livestock, Beef Cattle includes a chapter on pairing cows and heifers, the actual breeding, the care of pregnant cows, caring for the young, and more. The final chapter of the book is geared toward hobby farmers looking to get beef processed, grade meat, and sell the final product. Sidebars of fun trivia, stories from farmers, and useful advice appear throughout the handbook. A glossary of over 100 terms; an appendix of health issues; a resource section of useful websites, books, and periodicals; and a detailed index complete the book.
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Weight 0.816875
Series Hobby Farm Animals
Pages 168
Size 6" x 9" x .39"
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