According to Celia Lewis, if you are thinking of becoming self-sufficient one of the first things you should consider is having a house cow which, the author of The Illustrated Guide to Cows explains, is both a rewarding and practical idea. In her book she details the 62 most popular breeds of cow, their histories and whether they are more suited for dairy or meat – a decision which should be made based on your circumstances.
This easily digestible guide leaves no stone unturned as it details all the areas to consider when taking on a cow such as space needed, fencing, storage and housing. Whether its understanding the different feeding options, choosing what method of insemination is best or how to milk a cow, the book takes you step-by-step through everything you need to consider before taking the plunge.
Appealing to cow lovers, as well as those who are looking for an informative book as they develop their smallholding, The Illustrated Guide to Cows provides an abundance of information for anyone after fresh milk, butter, yoghurt and beef on a daily basis.
The Illustrated Guide to Cows by Celia Lewis, published by Bloomsbury, is available to buy from www.bloomsbury.com, RRP £16.99.
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