Storey’s Guide to Raising Beef Cattle is the go-to reference for new and experienced cattle ranchers, providing expert advice on everything from breed selection, calving, feeding, and housing, to humane handling and slaughter practices.
Storey’s Guide to Raising Beef Cattle: 3rd Edition
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.
Everything you need to know to raise one, two, or even a herd of beef cattle is in this book — the most comprehensive beef cattle guide available.
This definitive handbook will help both beginners and experienced owners capitalize on one of the world’s most natural and efficient backyard livestock industries. Whether you simply want to make use of land that is too steep, too rocky, or too dry for growing crops, or you want to run a full-scale, modern beef production operation, this book will provide you with the information you need, including how to:
— Prepare comfortable, low-maintenance facilities
— Breed and calve cattle for specific genetic attributes
— Remedy cattle illnesses and maintain excellent herd health
— Understand cattle behavior
— Handle herds humanely and effectively
— Market your cattle business
The 3rd edition, now with 125,000 copies in print contains new and expanded features:
• Up-to-the-minute coverage of diseases and vaccination options
• Complete information on raising grass-fed animals
• How to identify and deal with toxic pasture plants
Storey’s Guide to Raising Series is the essential animal husbandry information from the trusted source. With a combined total of 1.7 million copies in print.