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Storey's Guide to Raising Beef Cattle : 3rd Edition - Heather Smith Thomas

Storey's Guide to Raising Beef Cattle

3rd Edition

By: Heather Smith Thomas, Baxter Black (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 28th October 2009
ISBN: 9781603424547
Number Of Pages: 352

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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.

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.

About the Author

Heather Smith Thomas raises cattle and horses on her family ranch in Salmon, Idaho. She is the author of 10 books and thousands of articles on animal health care. Her books include Essential Guide to Calving, Getting Started with Beef & Dairy Cattle, and Storey's Guide to Raising Beef Cattle.


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The only downfall is the "storey" series of books are written for the American market, so considerable adjustment needs to be made for the Australian climate, soils, markets etc. Other than that, I find the various "Storey" books very informative and eminently readable.



Storey's Guide to Raising Beef Cattle

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Forewordp. ix
Breeds and Genetics: An Overviewp. 1
Choosing Beef Cattle
Breeds and Types of Beef Cattle
Which Type Is Best?
Inheritance of Traits
Crossbreeding and Hybrid Vigor
Selecting for Certain Characteristics
Handling and Behavior of Beef Cattlep. 22
Basic Cow Psychology
Grazing Behavior
Training Cattle
Moving Cattle
Avoiding Injury
Issues in Buying and Sellingp. 36
Buying a Weaned Calf to Raise for Beef
Buying Calves at Auction
Buying from a Farmer
Buying a Heifer
What Makes a Good Beef Cow?
Buying Pregnant Heifers or Cows
Buying Open Yearlings
Marketing Cattle
Dealing with Shrink
Getting Cattle Ready for Market
General Guidelines for Raising Beef Cattlep. 56
Understanding Your Calf's Behavior
Care for the Weaned Calf
Winter Care of the New Calf
Summer Care of the Yearling
The End Product: Beef
Feeds and Finishing
Pasture, Fencing, and Facilitiesp. 66
Pastures-Sizes and Types
Pasture Fencing
Pens and Facilities
Working in Corrals
Feeding Facilities
Equipment and Supplies
Feeding Cattlep. 86
Basic Nutrition
Feeding Forages (Roughages)
Nutritional Needs Vary
Keeping Cattle Healthyp. 104
Know What a Healthy Animal Looks Like
Bovine Respiratory Disease
Clostridial Diseases
Eye Problems
Foot Rot
Lump Jaw
Bony Lump Jaw
Mastitis in Beef Cows
Hardware Disease
Urinary Calculi (Bladder Stones)
Acidosis and Laminitis
Poisoning: Toxic Plants
Nitrate Poisoning
Internal Parasites
External Parasites
Skin Problems
Porcupine Quills
Strangulated Teat from Hairy Udder
Growing and Breeding Heifersp. 142
Feeding Weaned Heifers
Age at Puberty
When to Breed
Nutrition for the Pregnant Yearling
Basics of Reproduction in Cattle
Choosing the Bull and Getting the Heifer Bred
Care of the Pregnant Cowp. 155
Disease Prevention
Problems of Pregnancy
Calvingp. 170
Create a Safe Environment for Calving
Calving Facilities
Cold-Weather Calving
Handling Cows at Calving Time
Signs of Approaching Parturition
Minimizing Calving Problems: Getting the Calves Born Alive
First Things First: Get the Calf Breathing
Care of the Newborn Calfp. 210
Get the Calf Breathing
Care of the Umbilical Cord
Helping a Calf to Nurse
Importance of Colostrum
Helping in Different Situations
Calf Healthp. 226
Calfhood Immunity: The Role of Antibodies
Detecting Illness in Young Calves
Managing Scours
Treating Diarrhea and Gut Infections in Calves
Pneumonia in Young Calves
Diphtheria in Calves
Navel Infections and Joint Ill
Catching Calves for Doctoring
Using an Esophageal Feeder
Giving Oral Medications
Broken Bones
Birth Defects in Young Calves
Weaning the Calvesp. 270
The Importance of When You Wean
Stress of Weaning
Rebreedingp. 282
Feeding the Cow after Calving
Cow Fertility
Use of Bulls
Reproductive Behavior of Cows and Bulls
Breeding Ability of Bulls
Artificial Insemination
Glossaryp. 310
Sourcesp. 320
Suppliersp. 324
Cooperative Extension Servicep. 325
Breed Organizationsp. 326
Indexp. 329
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ISBN: 9781603424547
ISBN-10: 1603424547
Series: Storey's Guide to Raising...
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 28th October 2009
Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.3  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised