Keeping a Family Cow

Keeping a Family Cow Author Grohman, Joann S.
ISBN-10 9781603584784
Release 2013
Pages 296
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The cow is the most productive, efficient creature on earth. She will give you fresh milk, cream, butter, and cheese, build human health and happiness, and even turn a profit for homesteaders and small farmers who seek to offer her bounty to the local market or neighbourhood. She will provide rich manure for your garden or land, and will enrich the quality of your life as you benefit from the resources of the natural world. Quite simply, the family that keeps a cow is a healthy family. Originally published in the early 1970s as The Cow Economy and reprinted many times over, Keeping a Family Cow has launched thousands of holistic small-scale dairy farmers and families raising healthy cows in accordance with their true nature. The book offers answers to frequently asked questions like, 'Should I get a cow?' and 'How Much Space do I need?' Now revised and updated to incorporate new information on the raw milk debate, the conversation about A1 vs. A2 milk, fully grass-fed dairies, more practical advice for everyday chores, and updated procedures for cow emergencies. Keeping a Family Cow has not only stood the test of time, it still remains the go-to inspirational manual for raising a family milk cow nearly forty years after its first publication. Joann Grohman has a lifetime of practical experience that has been bound into this one volume and presented in the spirit of fun and learning.



The Family Cow Handbook

The Family Cow Handbook Author Philip Hasheider
ISBN-10 9780760340677
Release 2011-06-25
Pages 224
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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.



The Small Scale Dairy

The Small Scale Dairy Author Gianaclis Caldwell
ISBN-10 9781603585002
Release 2014
Pages 212
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Caldwell offers readers a balanced perspective on the current regulatory environment in which raw-milk lovers find themselves. Keepers of cows, goats, or sheep will benefit from information on designing a well-functioning small dairy, choosing equipment, and understanding myriad processes, including details about the business of making milk; managing the farm to create superior milk; understanding the microbiology of milk; and risk-reduction plans to have in place prior to selling raw milk.



The Backyard Cow

The Backyard Cow Author Sue Weaver
ISBN-10 9781603428279
Release 2012-03-22
Pages 240
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You don’t need acres of land to keep a cow healthy, happy, and productive. You can raise one right in your own backyard, producing more than enough milk for a single family — up to six gallons per day! The Backyard Cow covers everything you need to know, from selecting the right breed to understanding your cow’s behavior. With helpful advice on daily maintenance, milking, and bovine health care, you’ll soon be enjoying the pleasures of fresh milk, yogurt, cheese, and much more.



The Family Cow

The Family Cow Author Dirk Van Loon
ISBN-10 9781612123202
Release 2014-02-28
Pages 250
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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.



Devil in the Milk

Devil in the Milk Author Keith Woodford
ISBN-10 9781603582117
Release 2009-03-06
Pages 240
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This groundbreaking work is the first internationally published book to examine the link between a protein in the milk we drink and a range of serious illnesses, including heart disease, Type 1 diabetes, autism, and schizophrenia. These health problems are linked to a tiny protein fragment that is formed when we digest A1 beta-casein, a milk protein produced by many cows in the United States and northern European countries. Milk that contains A1 beta-casein is commonly known as A1 milk; milk that does not is called A2. All milk was once A2, until a genetic mutation occurred some thousands of years ago in some European cattle. A2 milk remains high in herds in much of Asia, Africa, and parts of Southern Europe. A1 milk is common in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. In Devil in the Milk, Keith Woodford brings together the evidence published in more than 100 scientific papers. He examines the population studies that look at the link between consumption of A1 milk and the incidence of heart disease and Type 1 diabetes; he explains the science that underpins the A1/A2 hypothesis; and he examines the research undertaken with animals and humans. The evidence is compelling: We should be switching to A2 milk. A2 milk from selected cows is now marketed in parts of the U.S., and it is possible to convert a herd of cows producing A1 milk to cows producing A2 milk. This is an amazing story, one that is not just about the health issues surrounding A1 milk, but also about how scientific evidence can be molded and withheld by vested interests, and how consumer choices are influenced by the interests of corporate business.



Dairy Farming

Dairy Farming Author Adam J Klaus
ISBN-10 1502490773
Release 2015-01-09
Pages 202
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Dairy Farming: The Beautiful Way is a detailed how-to guide for establishing and managing a small-scale organic dairy. Covering the topics of infrastructure requirements, cattle management, milking equipment and techniques, cow selection, and business logistics, this comprehensive text covers all the information needed to successfully operate a profitable small dairy farm. As small farms experience a resurgence across the country, and consumers increase demand for nutrient-dense raw milk, there is a great opportunity for modern dairy farmers. Cows are uniquely suited to the efficient conversion of simple pasture plants into nutritious raw milk. The holistic management of dairy cows results in a farm model that benefits farm families, consumers, the environment, and the cows themselves. Each of these components are considered and discussed in detail, with every detail explained in clear and concise writing. The information in Dairy Farming: The Beautiful Way is drawn from the author's experience over the past decade running his own raw milk dairy at Bella Farm, in Western Colorado. It is designed to assist future dairy farmers to confidently make the transition to a holistic model of dairy management. Equally useful for startup farmers, and established multi-generation family farms, the model of grass-fed cattle efficiently producing top-quality raw milk is a proven formula for small-farm profitability.



The Barn Guide to Treating Dairy Cows Naturally

The Barn Guide to Treating Dairy Cows Naturally Author Hubert J. Karreman
ISBN-10 1601730233
Release 2011-01-01
Pages 190
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The Barn Guide to Treating Dairy Cows Naturally has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The Barn Guide to Treating Dairy Cows Naturally also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The Barn Guide to Treating Dairy Cows Naturally book for free.



The Essential Agrarian Reader

The Essential Agrarian Reader Author Norman Wirzba
ISBN-10 9780813130187
Release 2010-09-29
Pages 296
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" WITH A FOREWORD BY BARBARA KINGSOLVER A compelling worldview with advocates from around the globe, agrarianism challenges the shortcomings of our industrial and technological economy. Not simply focused on farming, the agrarian outlook encourages us to develop practices and policies that promote the health of land, community, and culture. Agrarianism reminds us that no matter how urban we become, our survival will always be inextricably linked to the precious resources of soil, water, and air. Combining fresh insights from the disciplines of education, law, history, urban and regional planning, economics, philosophy, religion, ecology, politics, and agriculture, these original essays develop a sophisticated critique of our culture’s current relationship to the land, while offering practical alternatives. Leading agrarians, including Wendell Berry, Vandana Shiva, Wes Jackson, Gene Logsdon, Brian Donahue, Eric Freyfogle, and David Orr, explain how our goals should be redirected toward genuinely sustainable communities. These writers call us to an honest accounting and correction of our often destructive ways. They suggest how our society can take practical steps toward integrating soils, watersheds, forests, wildlife, urban areas, and human populations into one great system—a responsible flourishing of our world and culture.



Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking

Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking Author Gianaclis Caldwell
ISBN-10 9781603583336
Release 2012-09-19
Pages 368
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The key to becoming a successful artisan cheesemaker is to develop the intuition essential for problem solving and developing unique styles of cheeses. There are an increasing number of books on the market about making cheese, but none approaches the intricacies of cheesemaking science alongside considerations for preparing each type of cheese variety in as much detail as Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking. Indeed, this book fills a big hole in the market. Beginner guides leave you wanting more content and explanation of process, while recipe-based cookbooks often fail to dig deeper into the science, and therefore don’t allow for a truly intuitive cheesemaker to develop. Acclaimed cheesemaker Gianaclis Caldwell has written the book she wishes existed when she was starting out. Every serious home-scale artisan cheesemaker—even those just beginning to experiment—will want this book as their bible to take them from their first quick mozzarella to a French mimolette, and ultimately to designing their own unique cheeses. This comprehensive and user-friendly guide thoroughly explains the art and science that allow milk to be transformed into epicurean masterpieces. Caldwell offers a deep look at the history, science, culture, and art of making artisan cheese on a small scale, and includes detailed information on equipment and setting up a home-scale operation. A large part of the book includes extensive process-based recipes dictating not only the hard numbers, but also the concepts behind each style of cheese and everything you want to know about affinage (aging) and using oils, brushes, waxes, infusions, and other creative aging and flavoring techniques. Also included are beautiful photographs, profiles of other cheesemakers, and in-depth appendices for quick reference in the preparation and aging room. Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking will also prove an invaluable resource for those with, or thinking of starting, a small-scale creamery. Let Gianaclis Caldwell be your mentor, guide, and cheering section as you follow the pathway to a mastery of cheesemaking. For the avid home hobbyist to the serious commercial artisan, Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking is an irreplaceable resource.



Holistic Goat Care

Holistic Goat Care Author Gianaclis Caldwell
ISBN-10 9781603586306
Release 2017
Pages 368
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Goats have provided humankind with essential products for centuries; indeed, they bear the noble distinction of being the first domesticated farm animal. From providing milk and meat for sustenance and fiber and hides for clothing and shelter to carrying packs and clearing brush, there isn't much that goats cannot do. Managing goats successfully requires an understanding of how nature designed them to thrive, including nutritional and psychological needs, as well as how to identify a problem and intercede before it's too late. For more than a decade, Gianaclis Caldwell and her family have operated Pholia Farm Creamery, an off-grid, raw milk goat cheese dairy. In Holistic Goat Care, Caldwell offers readers a comprehensive guide to maintaining a healthy herd of goats, whether they are dairy goats, meat goats, fiber goats, or pet goats. Holistic Goat Care will empower even novice goat owners to confidently diagnose and treat most of the ailments that goats might experience. For the experienced goat farmer, the book offers a depth of insight and approaches to treatment not found in any other book. Caldwell places special emphasis throughout on holistic, natural, and alternative approaches to caring for goats, including information on: Handling and managing goats using their natural instincts as an asset Developing good farm management practices such as appropriate housing and fencing systems and manure and mortality management Making feeding decisions based on understanding goats' ruminant digestive system and their evolutionary needs Growing forage and garden crops as feed and utilizing wild browse Troubleshooting health problems based on assessing symptoms Implementing advanced health procedures such as pain control, fecal testing, and transplanting rumen microbes from healthy to sick goats Diagnosing, treating, and preventing more than 75 common goat ailments Whether your herd is two or two hundred, this first-of-its-kind, comprehensive book will help you keep your goats healthy, safe, and productive and give you a deep and enjoyable insight into the wondrous creature that is the goat.



Oxen

Oxen Author Drew Conroy
ISBN-10 9781612128009
Release 2015-11-14
Pages 304
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Versatile as well as powerful, oxen can plow fields, haul stones, assist in logging, and improve roads. This comprehensive guide covers all aspects of selecting, training, feeding, and caring for your oxen. You’ll learn how to fit yokes and bows, address common challenges, and maintain your team’s overall health. Whether you’re looking for an economical alternative to heavy machinery on the farm or want to compete at the next county fair, Drew Conroy will help you achieve success with your oxen.



Home Dairy with Ashley English

Home Dairy with Ashley English Author Ashley English
ISBN-10 1454708395
Release 2013-11-01
Pages 136
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This book guides you through all of the fundamentals while also explaining the why's and how's involved with home dairy. Learn the tools of the trade, so you can have your kitchen stocked and ready. Find out how to select the best possible ingredients, favouring seasonal, organic and local options when possible. Learn the essentials through five topic-specific primers: Cheese, Yogurt, Butter & Ghee, Cultured Dairy Products and Ice Cream. Each primer offers need-to-know information, troubleshooting tips and recipes with variation ideas. Create delicious compound butters infused with herbs, spices, fruits and more. Craft your own healthful yogurt or kefir with beneficial probiotics. Amaze family and friends (and yourself!) with a platter of homemade cheeses, from creamy chèvre and tangy, salt-brined feta to classic cheddar and fragrant gorgonzola. Top it all off with an assortment of ice cream recipes tailored specifically to each season. The author then also offers her unique spin on home dairy with her own roster of seasonal recipes using some of the preceding dairy goods. You get 40 tested recipes in all: 6 butter & ghee + 6 cultured + 13 cheese + 5 ice cream + 10 recipes to incorporate your dairy goods. The book features numerous profiles of real people who embrace home dairy techniques for different reasons. Gorgeous photos of dairy animals, seasonal ingredients and completed recipes provide a feast for the eyes.



The Small scale Poultry Flock

The Small scale Poultry Flock Author Harvey Ussery
ISBN-10 9781603582902
Release 2011
Pages 394
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The most comprehensive guide to date on raising all-natural poultry for the small-scale farmer, homesteader, and professional grower. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock offers a practical and integrative model for working with chickens and other domestic fowl, based entirely on natural systems. Readers will find information on growing (and sourcing) feed on a small scale, brooding (and breeding) at home, and using poultry as insect and weed managers in the garden and orchard. Ussery's model presents an entirely sustainable system that can be adapted and utilized in a variety of scales, and will prove invaluable for beginner homesteaders, growers looking to incorporate poultry into their farm, or poultry farmers seeking to close their loop. Ussery offers extensive information on: The definition of an integrated poultry flock (imitation of natural systems, integrating patterns, and closing the circle) Everything you need to know about your basic chicken (including distinctive points about anatomy and behavior that are critical to management) Extended information on poultry health and holistic health care, with a focus on prevention Planning your flock (flock size, choosing breeds, fowl useful for egg vs. meat production, sourcing stock) How to breed and brood the flock (including breeding for genetic conservation), including the most complete guide to working with broody hens available anywhere Making and mixing your own feed (with tips on equipment, storage, basic ingredients, technique, grinding and mixing) Providing more of the flock's feed from sources grown or self-foraged on the homestead or farm, including production of live protein feeds using earthworms and soldier grubs Using poultry to increase soil fertility, control crop damaging insects, and to make compost-including systems for pasturing and for tillage of cover crops and weeds Recipes for great egg and poultry dishes (including Ussery's famous chicken stock!) And one of the best step-by-step poultry butchering guides available, complete with extensive illustrative photos. No other book on raising poultry takes an entirely whole-systems approach, or discusses producing homegrown feed and breeding in such detail. This is a truly invaluable guide that will lead farmers and homesteaders into a new world of self-reliance and enjoyment.



Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage

Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage Author Cherry Hill
ISBN-10 9781603428385
Release 2012-07-13
Pages 320
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Keeping your own horses requires dedication, hard work, and a sincere interest in the well-being of your animals. This practical guide shows you how to design efficient facilities and establish effective maintenance routines so that your horses can stay happy, healthy, and safe on even the smallest plots of land. Offering expert advice on barn designs, fencing options, and pasture management, Cherry Hill stresses the importance of understanding horse behavior and environmentally responsible land stewardship as integral aspects of a pleasurable and rewarding horsekeeping experience.



The Organic Grain Grower

The Organic Grain Grower Author Jack Lazor
ISBN-10 9781603583657
Release 2013
Pages 431
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The Organic Grain Grower is an invaluable resource for both home-scale and commercial producers interested in expanding their resiliency and drop diversity through growing their own grains. Longtime farmer and organic pioneer Jack Lazor covers how to grow and store wheat, barley, oats, corn, dry beans, soybeans, oilseeds, grasses, nutrient-dense forages, and lesser-known cereals. In addition, Lazor argues the importance of integrating grains on the organic farm (not to mention within the local food system) for reasons of biodiversity and whole-farm management. The Organic Grain Grower provides information on wide-ranging topics, from nutrient density and building soil fertility to machinery and grinding grains for livestock rations.--COVER.



Organic Dairy Production

Organic Dairy Production Author Sarah Flack
ISBN-10 9781603583527
Release 2011-04-28
Pages 104
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Part of the NOFA guides. Includes information on: Soils, the foundation of health (manure management) Crop production and grazing management (forage species, pasture management, setting up a grazing system) Livestock (selection, nutrition, winter and summer feed considerations, seasonal milking, habitat, herd health, milk quality) Marketing (selling fluid milk, regulations, facility and equipment, selling raw milk) Recordkeeping The transition to organic Featuring examples from various farms in the Northeast.