Small Cattle for Small Farms Edition 2

February 2016
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    12th February 2016
  • ISBN 9781486301867
  • Language English
  • Pages 248 pp.
  • Size 6.625" x 9.625"
  • Images 56 color, line illus

* Answers real questions asked by those seeking to make a rural lifestyle change
* Deals exclusively with small cattle
* Information is provided in a detailed, easy to understand format with simple terminology

Small cattle breeds are manageable to control and care for, and perfect for lifestyle blocks and small farms. They can be bred commercially for beef but their docile temperaments and small size also make them especially suitable for hobby farms.

In this second edition of her popular book, award-winning cattle breeder Margo Hayes provides practical and easy-to-understand information for those interested in keeping small cattle. The book assumes no prior experience with cattle, and covers all the basics to help you set up an enjoyable and viable small farm, including: types of cattle and production systems available, how to select your stock, explanations of equipment required and basic cattle husbandry. It contains simple explanatory diagrams and photographs to make new concepts clear.

Time for a tree change
Benefits of smaller cattle
Productions systems: stud or commercial
Selecting a breed
Selecting stock
Selecting genetics
Infrastructure required
Basic cattle husbandry
Methods of identification
Breeding systems
Healthy soils, healthy pastures, healthy cattle
Useful equipment in small farms
Government regulations & laws
Websites and organisations
Glossary of terms

Margo Hayes

Margo Hayes began breeding Australian Lowline & Ausline cattle in 1996. She has exhibited over 50 Grand Championships at numerous shows as well as twice winning Grand Champion Carcase at the Royal Brisbane Show. A past President of the Lowline Cattle Association, and current President of the Ausline Cattle Association, Margo has judged cattle nationally and internationally.