Choosing a Breed of Cattle: 5 Needs and 40 Breeds for Selecting Cattle That Fit Your Purpose

Choosing a Breed of Cattle

by Michelle Lindsey

Published by Homestead on the Range

Ready to take the confusion out of selecting the right cattle breed for your family? This book will walk you through the process of defining your expectations and then arm you with key information on 40 common cattle breeds. Paperback or Kindle. Read more »

Ranching Full-Time on 3 Hours a Day: Real-World Validation of Holistic Systems for Stockmen

Ranching Full-Time on 3 Hours a Day

by Cody Holmes

Too many family ranches these days are supported by a spouse’s off-ranch income. But this book by Cody Holmes proves that it doesn’t have to be this way! Paperback or Kindle. Read more »

Natural Cattle Care

Natural Cattle Care

by Pat Coleby

Key features of Coleby’s nutrition-based program are pasture remineralization, a preventative stock lick, and vitamin- and mineral-based remedies for a host of ailments. Applies to both beef and dairy cattle. Paperback. Read more »

Storey’s Guide to Raising Beef Cattle

Storey's Guide to Raising Beef Cattle

by Heather Smith Thomas

This guide presents all the basics of raising beef cattle, from choosing a breed to breeding a cow or heifer to weaning her calf. Includes information on fencing, housing, feeding, and health problems. Paperback, hardcover, or Kindle. Read more »

Salad Bar Beef

Salad Bar Beef

by Joel Salatin

Explains the basics of raising grassfed beef, covering everything from buying your cattle to rotating pastures to direct marketing the beef. Upbeat and unconventional, this book challenges paradigms and inspires creativity. Paperback. Read more »

FREE: Managing Cow-Calf Production Costs: What to Do Before the Money Runs Out

Managing Cow-Calf Production Costs

by J. Walter Prevatt

Determined to ride the commodity cycle? Consider these strategies to keep your feed, grazing, cattle, indirect, and interest costs to a minimum. PDF.

Reproduction & Animal Health

Reproduction & Animal Health

by Charles Walters & Gearld Fry

Learn how to “read” cattle to select sound, fertile breeding animals that will perform well on grass. Then find out how to keep cattle healthy by feeding the pastures. This is not a how-to guide for beginners, but a presentation of a philosophy, as well as an excellent starting point for further research. Paperback. Read more »

FREE: Beef Cattle Nutrition Series: Nutrient Requirement Tables

Beef Cattle Nutrition Series: Nutrient Requirement Tables

by University of Arkansas

These tables provide TDN requirements for beef cows, heifers, steers, and bulls of different sizes and stages of growth. PDF.

FREE: Body Condition Scoring Beef Cows

Body Condition Scoring Beef Cows

by Virginia Cooperative Extension

Six-page download that explains how to evaluate body condition in beef cattle. Includes useful color photos to illustrate each score. PDF.

FREE: Feeding and Marketing Cull Cows

Feeding and Marketing Cull Cows

by Dillion M. Feuz

Tips for maximizing the value of cull beef cows at the sale barn. PDF.

FREE: Body Condition Scoring With Dairy Cattle

Body Condition Scoring With Dairy Cattle

by University of Arkansas

This six-page download starts out by discussing the importance of body condition scoring (BCS) in dairy cattle and suggests target scores for different stages of lactation. Next follows a section of color photos and explanations of how to identify each score. PDF.

FREE: The Jersey, Alderney, and Guernsey Cow

The Jersy, Alderney, and Guernsey Cow

by Willis Pope Hazard

After examining the history of the breeds and how they were raised on their native islands, the subject then shifts to matters of importance for owners of dairy cows of all breeds. Interesting information is provided on choosing a good cow, feeding and housing her for her best health, and milking her properly. PDF or EPUB.