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The Family Cow [Paperback]

Dirk Van Loon
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Book Description

Jan. 3 1976 Garden Way Publishing Book

This is the essential guide for anyone who wants to keep a cow. Fully illustrated chapters provide comprehensive information on buying, handling, feeding, milking, calving, nutrition, health care, breeds, growing feed crops, and more.


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This is the basic book -- yet with all the essential details -- for the family that decides to keep a cow for all the benefits she can provide. Learn first the costs, the gains, what she gives and takes. There are practical, fully illustrated chapters that include:

 

- The history and behavior of the cow.

- Nutritional needs, from grass to milk.

- Buying a cow -- the sources, breeds and factors to consider.

- Handling techniques, housing and fencing.

- Feeds and feeding -- cow and calf.

- Milking and uses of milk.

- Health and diseases, breeding and calving.

- Growing feed crops, use of manure.

The Family Cow is complete with data charts and tables, a glossary of agricultural terms, and source lists of books and equipment.

About the Author

Author Dirk van Loon has written two Storey books, The Family Cow and Small-Scale Pig Raising. He publishes a monthly newspaper for small-scale rural producers called Rural Delivery. Dirk is a graduate of the College of Agriculture at Cornell University and now lives in Nova Scotia.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tons of information Sept. 10 2002
Format:Paperback
This book has everything you need to know about owning your own cow...kinds of cows and their temperaments, purchasing a cow, how to care for it, fences and barns to build for it, milking, foods to prepare with the milk, breeding and calving, you name it. Much detail is given in each subject, including drawings and pictures, but the author avoids being a bore with his dry humor. We knew absolutely nothing about cows, but now feel some confidence after reading this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific! May 6 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
We love this book! We have learned so much about cows. What to look for when buying one, how to look after one...you name it, it's in there!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Everything you wanted to know about Bossy, but didn't ask. Jan. 25 2000
By Christopher Douglas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderfully entertaining book. It is full of essential knowledge, as well as humor. I'm the son of a dairy farmer who is the son of a dairy farmer. I will be the first person to admit that I learned a lot from this book. The subject depth that the author goes into in each chapter is great. Everything is explained in simple terms yet gets very detailed. I would compare his ability to keep a complex subject simple to the writings of Isaac Asimov. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a serious interest in small scale farming, the family farm, or simply wants to know all the essentials about cattle.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tons of information Sept. 10 2002
By T. Klaty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book has everything you need to know about owning your own cow...kinds of cows and their temperaments, purchasing a cow, how to care for it, fences and barns to build for it, milking, foods to prepare with the milk, breeding and calving, you name it. Much detail is given in each subject, including drawings and pictures, but the author avoids being a bore with his dry humor. We knew absolutely nothing about cows, but now feel some confidence after reading this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The rulebook for owning a milk cow. Dec 28 1999
By k. powers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Broken up into vital aspects of cow ownership and handling, this book is a god-send for anyone venturing into this arena. Van Loon has a great sense of humor that adds to the value of the material. We now have our Jersey milk cow and the book is constanly open. And yes, God did put cows on the earth to be eaten as well as milked!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable resource! June 17 2009
By Anna - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is loaded with information! If you're even just thinking of keeping a cow then this is a book you'll want to have. I have to compare this book with Keeping The Family Cow by Joann S. Grohman and both books were very good. This one does have pictures and that's a plus but reading Joann S. Grohman's book was more interesting for me as she seemed to share her own personal experience with readers in a way that Dirk Van Loon did not. I gave them both five stars and recommend both books equally. Read them both!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy for sustainability farmers Aug. 30 2010
By Marilyn - Published on Amazon.com
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After owning my first cow without knowing any of the basics, this book is invaluable to me. The information on how and what to feed my cow and calf helped me immensely. I wandered from feed store to feed store trying to obtain information on what to feed my dairy cow. The chapter on nutrition includes diagrams of the ruminant digestive system, which helped me understand why the right diet would protect my cow's health, and make her more productive over the years. There are great stories about how to choose your own family cow, and how to match the animal with your capabilities, farm and goals.

Consider this book a necessity for your farm library.
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