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Storey's Guide to Raising Beef Cattle


If you've read all the other books on how to raise cattle and still have a million questions, reading this book will answer them! I'm so overloaded with information I can't think of any more questions to ask. This book will take weeks of rereading to get half the information to sink in. Very impressive work.

Incredible illustrations and photographs. If you've ever wondered exactly where your hand should be to check a cow's uterus for conception, you'll know after examining the illustrations. If you want to know every detail for visually evaluating a bull for fertility, it's in there. Want to know how to reinforce a fence corner? It's in there. Want to see an excellent corral design? It's in there.

Great book to own, not borrow, because you will be referring to it for years to come.

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MAD COWBOY: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat


Howard Lyman's testimony on The Oprah Winfrey Show revealed the deadly impact of the livestock industry on our well-being. It not only led to Oprah's declaration that she'd never eat a burger again, it sent shock waves through a concerned and vulnerable public.

A fourth-generation Montana rancher, Lyman investigated the use of chemicals in agriculture after developing a spinal tumor that nearly paralyzed him. Now a vegetarian, he blasts through the propaganda of beef and dairy interests -- and the government agencies that protect them -- to expose an animal-based diet as the primary cause of cancer, heart disease, and obesity in this country. He warns that the livestock industry is repeating the mistakes that led to Mad Cow disease in England while simultaneously causing serious damage to the environment.

Persuasive, straightforward, and full of the down-home good humor and optimism of a son of the soil, Mad Cowboy is both an inspirational story of personal transformation and a convincing call to action for a plant-based diet -- for the good of the planet and the health of us all.

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Raising a Calf for Beef

This no-nonsense how-to guide for beginners offers detailed information on choosing a calf, building and maintaining housing, nutrition, feeding, and daily care. Readers will also find instructions for slaughtering and butchering. 120,000 copies in print.
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Keeping Livestock Healthy: A Veterinary Guide to Horses, Cattle, Pigs, Goats & Sheep

A complete guide to preventing disease through good nutrition, proper housing, and appropriate care. Third Edition.161,000 copies in print.

"...highly recommended to all livestock owners, whatever their degree of sophistication."

"Keeping Livestock Healthy is a must for any serious livestock owner."

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Hooray for Dairy Farming!

A beautiful book about bovines, Hooray for Dairy Farming! takes a fascinating look at how milk and other dairy products are processed and distributed. Full-color photographs show the world of a modern dairy farm and the people who work them.
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Beef Production and Management Decisions (4th Edition)

The most comprehensive beef cattle book available today, Beef Production and Management Decisions is written to allow readers to understand the structural, regional, economic, and management changes and issues confronting the current beef industry. Emphasizing management principles for the industry and each of the segments of production and the processing chain, this book covers the structural changes in the industry, the creation of profitable marketing systems, and the impacts of international trade of beef and beef products. It also deals with the biological and economic principles needed to understand beef cattle productivity, providing an approach to management of information, an understanding of the past, and preparation for the the future of the beef cattle industry. This book is appropriate reading for beef cattle producers (seedstock, cow-calf, stocker, and feedyard), agri-business professionals that sell goods and services to the industry, and government agency personnel whom affect agriculture.
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Beef Cattle Breeding, Feeding and Showing

A very thorough and comprehensive book regarding the proper care and maintenance of beef cattle. This book is a must have a any cattle raiser.
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Nutrient Requirements of Dairy Cattle: Seventh Revised Edition

This widely used reference has been updated and revamped to reflect the changing face of the dairy industry. New features allow users to pinpoint nutrient requirements more accurately for individual animals. The committee also provides guidance on how nutrient analysis of feed ingredients, insights into nutrient utilization by the animal, and formulation of diets to reduce environmental impacts can be applied to productive management decisions.
The book includes a user-friendly computer program on a compact disk, accompanied by extensive context-sensitive "Help" options, to simulate the dynamic state of animals.

The committee addresses important issues unique to dairy science-the dry or transition cow, udder edema, milk fever, low-fat milk, calf dehydration, and more.

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Beyond Beef: The Rise and Fall of the Cattle Culture


Rifkin (Biosphere Politics, p. 460, etc.), who seems to turn out environmental calls to arms on an assembly line, now turns his guns on beef--in this survey of the cattle culture's destructive role in the modern world and in history. Citing the works of others, Rifkin points to paleolithic bull and cow cults, to the clash several millennia ago between peaceful matrilineal agriculturalists and nomadic cattle herders who arose around the Ukraine and spread throughout the Old World.
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Beef Cattle Production: An Integrated Approach

Important information on nutrition, reproduction, and genetics! This volume begins by dealing primarily with the management of the cow herd, followed by management of the pre-weaned and post-weaned calf. A chapter detailing the business management aspect of beef cattle production provides much useful information as well. As technology continues to evolve and the economy changes, the business of raising cattle is becoming more complex. The Thomas book helps readers understand the importance of a good business background in being successful in the beef cattle industry.
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Your Calf: A Kid's Guide to Raising and Showing Beef and Dairy Calves

Offers information and advice on selecting, feeding, housing, caring for, breeding, and showing both beef and dairy cattle.

"I'm fifteen and am in FFA I recently purchased my first calf. My Dad got this book for me and it has helped out from purchasing a sound heifer to shelter and feeding. The chapter on calfing is also very helpful. A great book for a first calf project. "

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Industrial Cowboys: Miller & Lux and the Transformation of the Far West, 1850-1920

Few industrial enterprises left a more enduring imprint on the American West than Miller & Lux, a vast meatpacking conglomerate started by two San Francisco butchers in 1858. Industrial Cowboys examines how Henry Miller and Charles Lux, two German immigrants, consolidated the West's most extensive land and water rights, swayed legislatures and courts, monopolized western beef markets, and imposed their corporate will on California's natural environment. Told with clarity and originality, this story uses one fascinating case study to illuminate the industrial development and environmental transformation of the American West during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The process by which two neighborhood butchers turned themselves into landed industrialists depended to an extraordinary degree on the acquisition, manipulation, and exploitation of natural resources. David Igler examines the broader impact that industrialism--as exemplified by Miller & Lux--had on landscapes and waterscapes, and on human as well as plant and animal life in the West. He also provides a rich discussion of the social relations engineered by Miller & Lux, from the dispossession of Californio rancheros to the ethnic segmentation of the firm's massive labor force. The book also covers such topics as land acquisition and reclamation, water politics, San Francisco's unique business environment, and the city's relation to its surrounding hinterlands. Above all, Igler highlights essential issues that resonate for us today: who holds the right and who has the power to engineer the landscape for market production?
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Cattle Ailments: Recognition and Treatment


An excellent and thorough guide the the treating of many different cattle ailments. This book is a must have for any cattle rancher.
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The Genetics of Cattle


This volume collects up-to-date research on domestication, common breeds and their origin; morphological traits and inherited disorders; immune response and disease resistance, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy; development and reproductive technologies and transgenics; and genetic resources, conservation, and improvement.
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Let the Cowboy Ride: Cattle Ranching in the American West

The title of this book is a bit deceptive as it is really about ranching and the American West, and as Starrs notes, a "cowboy is not a rancher." But they share legends that permeate American history, popular culture and environment--built and otherwise. Starrs's book describes the legacy of this way of life, the fragmented and irrational laws governing the use of public lands and the resulting ecological problems. Starrs explores five regions in detail and tells of the differences and similarities between them. He looks at the history of Native American and Hispanic attitudes toward the land, attitudes that were generally more communal and protective. These attitudes receded before the Anglo ranchers' combination of mistrust and fierce defense of the right to exploit public lands. Anglo Americans identify the wide-open spaces of the West as an integral part of our identity, yet the some 600 acres required to graze one head of cattle in these arid lands has become just too much to sacrifice for one rancher's personal gains. Grazing fees are now routinely charged so that there is some equity in the use of public lands. But Starrs argues that profits are not the real motive of today's ranchers anyway; rather, the honor, tradition and lifestyle far outweigh any real money to be made. Starrs's book is copious with detail and information and well-researched. If it reads somewhat like a textbook, the story is so fascinating and such a part of us all that the reader is quickly drawn in. Starrs adds rational and careful thought to an often incendiary debate.
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Veterinary Medicine: A Textbook of the Diseases of Cattle, Sheep, Pigs, Goats and Horses

This is the new edition of the highly successful, definitive book on large animal medicine. All large animal species are covered - cow, horse, sheep, goat and pig, and every medical condition that could be encountered world-wide is discussed in detail. Section I reviews each organ system and is cross-referenced to the relevant chapter in section II for full details of the disease, its manifestation, differential diagnosis and clinical management. Every chapter has been extensively reviewed in this new edition, with particular emphasis on making the text more didactic and easier to read. New synopsis sections have been added for all major diseases in section I, so that the key information about the disease can be found at a glance. The text has been reformatted to make it easier for the reader (students in particular) to find their way to a diagnosis and a new page design will further assist this.
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Buffalo Creek Chronicles: Diary of a Cattle Ranch on the Southern Plains


Author and naturalist Gary Lantz combines forces with photographer Don House to bring alive the natural and human history of the Southern Plains. They focus their energies on one immense ranch in Western Oklahoma that has been worked by the same family for four generations. Sue Selman weaves her memories of growing up on a working cattle ranch into the fabric of Lantz’s seasonal diary of the natural forces that come together to make the Great Plains one of the most powerful and intensely beautiful, yet often misunderstood and under appreciated, regions of the United States.
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Beef Cattle, 8th Edition

The most complete text and reference on contemporary beef cattle production available. New edition merges current production technology with management and flexible marketing. Text organization reflects the industry: cow-calf (including purebred herds), stocker or growing phase, and the feedlot or finishing phase. Explains scientific basis of beef production. Describes proven management techniques for efficient production.

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The most complete text and reference on contemporary beef cattle production available. New edition merges current production technology with management and flexible marketing. Text organization reflects the industry: cow-calf (including purebred herds), stocker or growing phase, and the feedlot or finishing phase. Explains scientific basis of beef production. Describes proven management techniques for efficient production.

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Cattle: An Informal Social History


This intriguing book examines in fascinating detail the relationship between people and domesticated cattle through the centuries.

Publishers Weekly says:
Carlson (A Fever in Salem; Boss of the Plains: The Hat that Won the West) offers a well-researched exploration of the symbiotic relationship between humans and cattle. Beginning with prehistoric cave drawings, she traces the history of cattle through domestication, agriculture and industrialization, which, she argues, has led to current concerns about food safety. In Europe, domesticated cattle herds led to the development of clans with social hierarchies and complex rule systems. She plumbs the...

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Genetic Improvement of Cattle and Sheep


Humans started domesticating farm livestock over 10,000 years ago. For much of this time, livestock have been changed genetically by subjective means. In the past 50 years, the application of scientific methods to animal breeding has led to major improvements in the output, cost and quality of animal products in the last few decades. This book describes the principles of genetic improvement of farm livestock and the practical application of these principles to dairy cattle, beef cattle and sheep breeding. Originally published in 1998 by Farming Press.
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