Thursday, December 17, 2009

Book Review: Storey's Guide to Raising Beef Cattle

Storey's Guide to Raising Beef Cattle
by Heather Smith Thomas

Forward by Baxter Black, DVM

This book is literally what it claims to be; it is not a novel. I confess I have not read this book, only the forward and then skimmed through the rest. This book is fascinating precisely because it puts into words so many things that cowboy poet and veterinarian, Baxter Black, admits to having trouble articulating.

The chapter titles seem straightforward enough, like:
  • Feeding cattle
  • Growing and breeding heifers
  • Care of the pregnant cow
  • Calving
But apparently the details can get downright complicated, even difficult. Suffice to say there is enough detail to make even fans of the television show "Dirty Jobs" squeamish.

I recommend this book for the education on raising cattle but mostly just for the 2-page forward by Baxter Black. You've never laughed so hard while reading a book on animal husbandry! I'd like to think this book could come in handy for a school assignment, perhaps even something related to Nevada history, but that may be wishful thinking.

(On a nearby shelf, I found a book that gets my nomination for having the most unusual title in the library--Hunter Seat Equitation--strange because it probably most precisely names what the book is about!)

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