keeping-a-family-cowKeeping a Family Cow, by Joann Sills Grohman, is the perfect book for anyone who has never had a cow, is just considering one, or has one and is floundering. It will be useful to most small farmers because it pulls together information that is either new, poorly explained, or not to be found under one cover elsewhere. The book is well written, organized, and indexed. It places the cow and dairy products in a contemporary context. Not that it’s a thriller – it’s more of a romance – but I’ve had people say they sat up most of the night reading Keeping a Family Cow.

The book features essential info for running the small farm; tips on things like milking, feeding, stall-building, calf-care, etc.; emergency cow-care in the case of bloat or milk fever; in-depth discussions of how to buy a cow, and how to dry her off; and some thoughts on the economics of farming and food processing that may be interesting even for the non-farmer or the nutritionist/meal planner. It doesn’t just tell you how to take care of a cow, it tells you why you want one.

Push the ‘Add to Cart’ button below to order with your credit card using PayPal. This will take you to a secure ordering window. This is the beginning of the ordering process and you will be given a chance to cancel or change quantities. We are now shipping the revised 8th edition (printed in 2010) for a sale price of $10, plus $3.40 shipping (USPS – Media Mail) in the USA; international shipping is $21.

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The new 8th edition is fully updated, although one of the nice things about cows is they don't change much. It comes in a barn-friendly paperback format with photos and illustrations.

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