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Need a good basic book on raising cattle naturally

 
Celia Revel
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A neighbor threw out the idea that it might be cost effective to raise our own beef between our two pastures. Following the basic axiom of celia revel that nothing is ever JUST.... as in we will JUST put a cow out there and let him have at it. My plea is for help by any knowledgeable about cattle to recommend a book that would get us in the right direction and keep the cow as comfortable and happy as possible. Books on doing this naturally and with heritage stock would be more than welcome. I am keenly interested in planting Native grasses and wonder which ones would be good in California. Im also interested in nutritional quality, and I know that some breeds have been tinkered with over the years and have lost various qualities in the process. Oh, and also, would the cow get lonely if it were the only one? Dumb questions, but maybe I need some information about that. I know goats will die of loneliness if left day on end by themselves. Thank You in advance.
 
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Celia Revel
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Thats a good start. I really like the title of the book, and I hope there is information that translates to beef cows. Thank You Miles.
 
Kelly Smith
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Celia Revel wrote:Thats a good start. I really like the title of the book, and I hope there is information that translates to beef cows. Thank You Miles.


like the title of the book says, it is mainly about dairying (ive read the book and recommend it) but a lot of the info can be used to manage a beef herd.

that said, i think you will need another book to completely understand raising beef.
i wish i knew of such a book, but i dont.

i will try to answer a few of your questions in the OP
i do think a beef cow would do better with a herd. imo, 2-3 beef cows are the minimum.

i am not sure what breeds would fit your situation - to many variables.

for the most part - yeah, you can just leave the cow(s) out there to do their thing.
i would rotate them around different paddocks - using electric polywire if you can.

hope this helps.


 
Celia Revel
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Thanks Kelly, especially on the herd size.
 
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