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Raising Beef Cattle For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-08911-8
360 pages
May 2012
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Introduction 1

Part I: Getting to Know Beef Cattle 7

Chapter 1: The Rewards and Responsibilities of Raising Beef Cattle 9

Chapter 2: Bovine Basics: Understanding Cattle Terminology and Anatomy 23

Chapter 3: From Angus to Zebu: Looking at Beef Cattle Breeds and Traits 35

Part II: Preparing to Bring Home the Beef 53

Chapter 4: Home on the Range: Preparing Your Facilities 55

Chapter 5: Chow Time: Planning Your Feeding Program 79

Chapter 6: Exploring Pasture, Manure, and Water Management 107

Chapter 7: Choosing and Buying Cattle 127

Part III: Cattle Handling, Health, and Breeding 145

Chapter 8: Understanding and Properly Handling Cattle 147

Chapter 9: Keeping Your Cattle Healthy 165

Chapter 10: Addressing Common Cattle Ailments 191

Chapter 11: Breeding Cows and Caring for Pregnant Females 213

Chapter 12: Looking After Calves Young and Old 241

Part IV: Realizing Your Cattle Business Potential 261

Chapter 13: Turning Your Extra Pastures into a Money-Making Business 263

Chapter 14: Showing and Selling Cattle 275

Chapter 15: Managing Your Beef Business 293

Part V: The Part of Tens 311

Chapter 16: Ten Common Mistakes to Avoid When Raising Cattle 313

Chapter 17: Ten (or so) Bizarre Bovine Behaviors . . . and What They Mean 321

Index 327

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