Essential Guide to Calving

Author: Heather Smith Thomas
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781580177061
Release Date: 2007-01-30
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Every cattle farmer — from the keeper of a family milk cow to the rancher overseeing a large herd — will gain confidence and control by becoming more knowledgeable about calving. Healthy pregnancies, safe births, and thriving calves are critical to every cattle operation, and in remote farm locations, the veterinarian is not always readily available. Even if the vet is nearby, the farm's finances will be healthier if the farmer can oversee most of the calving process. Heather Smith Thomas, an expert on livestock with decades of firsthand experience, covers every routine situation likely to arise before, during, and after calving. And when the calving process is out of the ordinary, Thomas guides the farmer through pregnancy problems, difficult deliveries, recognizing when to call in a vet, and postpartum complications. Her thorough coverage of what to expect in every situation gives farmers the knowledge they need to care personally for their cows. The second half of the book is dedicated to ensuring that every calf gets off to a healthy start. Thomas helps farmers work with cows reluctant to nurse, substitute mothers, and frail calves. A complete chapter on calfhood illnesses explains warning signs and offers tips on prevention and treatment. As people return to farming in growing numbers, the demand for safe, humane livestock knowledge continues to increase. Farmers will turn to this reliable volume again and again as they welcome each new calf.

The Cattle Health Handbook

Author: Heather Smith Thomas
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781603426497
Release Date: 2009-03-11
Genre: Medical

You can provide the day-to-day medical care required to keep your cattle healthy and thriving. In this practical guide, Heather Smith Thomas provides easy-to-execute solutions for a variety of common medical situations that can afflict your animals, including bacterial diseases, parasites, and nutritional deficiencies. Whether you are caring for a single dairy cow or a large herd, you’ll find all the information you need to keep your cattle healthy, increase the self-sufficiency of your operation, and substantially reduce veterinary costs.

Getting Started with Beef and Dairy Cattle

Author: Heather Smith Thomas
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1580175961
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Technology & Engineering

A guide to raising beef and dairy cattle that explains how to pick the best cattle, with an overview of specific breed attributes and information on how size, color, body shape, hair length, and milking abilities make each more or less suitable to various needs.

Grass Fed Cattle

Author: Julius Ruechel
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781603425872
Release Date: 2012-01-02
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Successfully raise grass-fed cattle and enjoy the benefits of great-tasting beef and a financially stable enterprise. In this comprehensive guide, Julius Ruechel covers every aspect of raising healthy and thriving grass-fed cattle, offering advice on herd selection, pasture management, medical care, necessary equipment, winter grazing, slaughtering procedures, and more. With tips on creating a viable business plan and identifying niche markets for your beef, Ruechel provides everything you need to know to develop a profitable and environmentally sustainable grass-fed cattle operation.

Storey s Guide to Raising Beef Cattle 3rd Edition

Author: Heather Smith Thomas
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781603426893
Release Date: 2010-06-25
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Whether you’re raising one cow or a herd, this comprehensive guide shows you everything you need to know to successfully manage your beef cattle operation. Heather Smith Thomas stresses the importance of understanding bovine behavior while covering breed selection, calving, feeding, housing, medical care, and humane slaughter practices. Along with in-depth information on raising grass-fed animals and dealing with toxic pasture plants, you’ll also find advice on creating a viable business plan and identifying niche markets for your beef.

Practical Cattle Farming

Author: Kat Bazeley
Publisher: Crowood
ISBN: 9781847975850
Release Date: 2013-06-30
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Practical Cattle Farming is written by two experienced, practising veterinarians, and covers the essential elements of beef and dairy cattle farming and the latest cutting-edge scientific research, and is therefore of value both to the novice and to those with experience. The text is clearly written and includes helpful explanatory notes and detailed practical information. Examines the principles of beef and dairy production, and the husbandry of cattle from the newborn calf to adulthood. Explores the practical aspects of nutrition, housing, grazing and fertility management including the common problems, how these may be identified and corrected, and some of the economic factors that must be considered. Analyses the principles of disease prevention and control in order to maximize the success of the cattle unit. Outlines the factors that determine the welfare of the cattle and the relevant English laws. Essential reading for all beef and dairy cattle farmers, those working in industries associated with cattle farming, and agricultural and veterinary students. Provides practical guidance on all aspects of cattle farming. Fully illustrated with 150 colour photographs and 40 diagrams and drawings. Kat Bazeley and Alastair Hayton are two experienced, practising veterinarians.

Humane Livestock Handling

Author: Temple Grandin
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781603420280
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Nature

Provides a guide for handling livestock animals, focusing on more humane treatment techniques, and discusses planning and designing a handling facility, corral and loading ramp layouts for ranches, and other related topics.

Calving the Cow and Care of the Calf

Author: Eddie Straiton
Publisher: Diamond Farm Book Publications
ISBN: 1861264798
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Medical

Essentially a veterinary surgeon, the author has always specialized in obstetrics. Appalled at the damage done by existing brute force calving methods, he pioneered caesarean section in 1945 - a technique now practised throughout the world. He followed this up with a study of natural bovine birth. The results of this study and the techniques which evovled from it form the basis of this book.

Cattle Ailments

Author: Eddie Straiton
Publisher: Diamond Farm Book Publications
ISBN: 186126383X
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Medical

This guide to the recognition and treatment of ailments in cattle features a clear, concise text built around a range of specially taken colour photographs.

Raising Beef Cattle For Dummies

Author: Scott Royer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118089118
Release Date: 2012-05-06
Genre: Technology & Engineering

The tools you need to raise and care for beef cattle Beef cattle farming is a business that continues to grow in the United States and around the world, and it will only grow larger as the demand for beef continues to increase. Raising Beef Cattle For Dummies provides you with an introduction to all aspects of raising beef cattle. Packed with expert tips from experienced farmers, it gives any level of cattle-raiser the tools needed to increase the quantity and quality of your farm's output and maintain a healthy herd. Raising Beef Cattle For Dummies is the go-to resource for aspiring cattle farmers. With important information on health, handling, and breeding, and detailed coverage of equipment and supplies, it is teeming with useful information that anyone interested in raising cattle should have. Advice on which beef cattle breeds to rear The prevention and treatment of common diseases Caring for pregnant heifers and calving procedures Dietary specifications dependent on breed Guidance on humane management Creating an open and safe pasture habitat If you're an aspiring cattle farmer looking to begin raising cattle or an established raiser interested in expanding your herd, Raising Beef Cattle For Dummies has you covered.

The Family Cow Handbook

Author: Philip Hasheider
Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)
ISBN: 9780760340677
Release Date: 2011-06-25
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Milking your family cow and experiencing the simple joys that comes with it are explained in this guidebook by veteran dairy farmer and cheesemaker Phil Hasheider.This book leads you through all the steps needed to make your dream a reality and the processes involved to make your own dairy products. You will learn the practical do’s and don’ts of buying a cow, milking, feeding, and assisting her when she gives birth to a calf. You may not have the experience yet, but time will take care of that as you learn. Your adventure starts here and this book will guide you along your journey with your family cow.

Calf Rearing

Author: John Moran
Publisher: Landlinks Press
ISBN: 9780643098725
Release Date: 2002-10-23
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Calf Rearing is recognised as one of the most informative and accessible guides on the subject, covering growth, nutrition, health and behaviour, with descriptions of various calf raising systems and facilities. John Moran, an expert in the field, also gives considerable coverage to calf welfare, post weaning management and calf communication. Practical economic information on feedstuffs, labour requirements and losses is provided to assist producers in selecting the most appropriate calf rearing system for their farms.

How to Raise Cattle

Author: Philip Hasheider
Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)
ISBN: 9780760343807
Release Date: 2013-01-21
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Whether your goal is to raise one cow or to own a larger herd of dairy or beef cattle, the expert advice in this hands-on guidebook will tell you all you need to know. How to Raise Cattle guides readers through beef and dairy operations from beginning to end. With more than 200 color photographs, the book covers conventional, sustainable, and organic farming practices to detail all aspects of cattle farming. Easy-to-follow advice helps you to: Choose and buy the cattle suitable for you House and feed cattle Manage your herd and keep it healthy Breed your herd Deliver and raise calves Show cattle at fairs and club meets

The horse conformation handbook

Author: Heather Smith Thomas
Publisher: Storey Books
ISBN: CORNELL:31924102939935
Release Date: 2005-02-15
Genre: Nature

Conformation concerns body structure and anatomy. In this comprehensive volume, Heather Smith Thomas explains how conformation relates to function and what to look for when evaluating a horse. She teaches the reader to see beyond a horse's physical beauty to identify desirable attributes and potential faults, and with copious illustrations and explanations, trains the eye to recognize the hallmarks of soundness, durability, trainability, and athletic potential. Thomas begins with an in-depth discussion of equine anatomy and the importance of balance and proportion. She also explains how to detect "heart," that indefinable quality that distinguishes a horse from his peers and compels him to excel. The book concludes with real-world applications of the principles of good conformation, including helping a horse succeed by matching him with the right job and what the conformation of the aging horse can tell you. Horses with good conformation move fluidly, experience less wear and tear on joints, and are more apt to stay fit and sound during a long life of service. Whether you're buying your first horse, choosing breeding stock, or simply want to learn more about your equine companion, The Horse Conformation Handbook will help you understand horses better than ever before.