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Grass-Fed Beef Cattle Book Reviews

by cattlefarmer on March 19, 2012

The demand for grass-fed beef continues to grow as both restaurants and end consumers are putting much more consideration into the source of their beef. It’s also an environmentally responsible approach that leads to a healthier ecological balance. For some, it’s a return to our origins as domesticators of animals for food. And this is great news for smaller to mid-size cattle farmers who have the right setup for raising grass-fed cattle. There are many different considerations to ponder when thinking about setting up a grass-fed operation. The rewards for doing it right are many as you can ultimately build upon the naturally efficient cycles between cattle and pasture.

There are many resources available both online and offline to answer the many questions you might have about how to get started in the business of building and maintaining a grass-fed beed operation. Here, we’ll take a quick look at two popular books on the subject, both of which are available from Amazon.com. These two books answer a lot of questions that both beginning and expert cattle farmers might have about the right approach to take.

Grass-Fed Cattle: How to Produce and Market Natural Beef

Grass Fed Cattle - Book Cover
In this book by Juliues Ruechel, you’ll learn nearly everything you need to know about setting up and running a grass-fed beef business. It comes complete with 384 pages of detailed content. It provides solid background on why grass-fed works, starting with a detailed explanation of the cow’s digestive system and then quickly moves into the fundamentals of starting and sustaining a business around raising and selling grass-fed cattle. It is primarily geared towards small to mid-size operations. Several of the concepts and ideas outlined might not apply to large businesses. Regardless, it’s a solid read for anyone starting out in the business or contemplating a switch to grass-fed and organic beef production. It has a solid 5/5 rating from over 20 reviewers on Amazon.com.

The Complete Guide to Grass-Fed Cattle

Grass-Fed Cattle Guide
Subtitled, How to Raise Your Cattle on Natural Grass for Fun and Profit, this book is more recent than the previous title. This book provides solid detail on exactly what and how to feed your cattle to achieve the optimum results for both beef and milk production. The book is aimed primarily at small operations looking to make a switch to grass-fed for both the short- and long-term economic benefits. It covers the basics and also goes into details such as food sources, soil testing, and proper cattle housing. The book includes several interviews with leading cattle farmers and other experts in the field. Although not as popular as the Ruechel book, it is well-reviewed on Amazon and offers quite a bit of detail on the process.

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Tahir Gerad July 28, 2012 at 7:35 am

I want to make small business fattening farm and I am searching for advice

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