The Family Cow.
by Dirk van Loon.
More than 52,000 copies sold. The essential how-to guide for anyone who decides to keep a cow. Practical, fully-illustrated chapters with accurate information on buying, behavior, nutrition, breeds, handling, feeding, milking, healthcare, calving, and growing feed crops.
A family cow can provide an endless supply of delicious fresh milk, but also requires a large investment of time and money. In this practical guide, Dirk van Loon provides detailed information on choosing an appropriate breed for your needs, nutrition, milking, health care, and bovine behavior. With expert advice on everything you need to know keep your animal healthy, happy, and productive, you’ll soon be enjoying all the benefits a family cow can bring.
I love the informative, down-to-earth advice that The Family Cow offers. I checked this book out of the library so many times that I decided it was an essential guide for our small farm to own. - S.R. MI
Wonderfully informative and well organized. I enjoyed the writing style of Dirk van Loon immensely. Can not wait to put those ideas to use when buying and keeping a cow a few years down the road. Thanks for a great book. -T.R. TX
We found this book to be very informative and easily understood. We are just starting out and found it extremely helpful in many of our situations. Thank you and keep up the good work. - L.R. KS
352 pages. Paperback.
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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