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The Family Cow Handbook: A Guide to Keeping a Milk Cowby Philip Hasheider
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Keeping your own family milk cow brings simple joys—and hard work. This handbook shares the practical do’s and don’ts of choosing a cow, milking, feeding, cleaning, health maintenance, making dairy products, and assisting in birthing a calf. Challenges exist, but they are surmountable. Your sustainable lifestyle will reward you with everything from rich compost for the garden to handcrafted cheeses for the table. Whether you keep a single milk cow or a small family dairy herd, this resource is for you. Illustrated with attractive and instructive color photography, this book guides you along your journey with your family cow.
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.
About the Author
Author Philip Hasheider helped to manage his family’s sixty-five-cow dairy for twenty years. He has a Dairy Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and seven years experience as a cheesemaker’s assistant. He is the author of several livestock books, including How to Raise Cattle. He lives in Sauk City, Wisconsin.
Photographer Daniel Johnson is a professional photographer specializing in farm imagery. He helps run Fox Hill Farm, a family-owned horse farm. He is the author of the 4-H Guide to Digital Photography. He lives in Phelps, Wisconsin. www.foxhillphoto.com
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