Here you can find some recommended books on Dairy Farming
Every dairy farmer wants to maximize the full potential of his herd. That’s why he has to monitor his calves and heifers, fertility, udder health and hoof health. Efficient and effective management is of utmost importance to keep your cows healthy and happy. But how do you know that what you are doing is right? Your cows continuously send out signals: about their health, well-being and performance. The art is to perceive these signals and use them to monitor and improve the nutrition, care and housing of your herd. The Cow Signals books will help you interpret the signals and make the right decisions.
From calf to heifer
Rearing calves into heifers is a major investment in terms of money and labor. Your dual aims are to turn your heifer into a strong, productive dairy cow and to use labor, housing and feed efficiently. If you achieve these aims, you’ll cut the costs of rearing per kilogram of milk.
From calf to heifer covers the basics of successful rearing, shows you how to control risks and helps you to structure your work so that each calf automatically receives the best treatment. From calf to heifer is full of sensible tips on how to improve the rearing of calves and yearlings. Written clearly and illustrated with useful photos and Marleen Felius’s splendid drawings, this informative handbook is very user-friendly and down to earth. To by the book press here
Our cows’ hooves are the weakest link in their health, along with feed and feed intake. Cows that become lame – however slightly – will eat, drink and lie down less. They will therefore produce less milk and it will be more difficult to get them in calf. Plus they will need additional attention and work on an ongoing basis.
A good manager makes hoof health care an integral part of his work and in his daily, weekly, monthly and annual routine. He also focuses on prevention, so his time is not constantly taken up treating lame cows. He thinks ahead!
The modern farmer knows that he can bring in specialist vets, hoof trimmers and feed advisors. They may not have a clear picture of why certain conditions come about, but they know more than enough about how to prevent them.
Hoof Signals provides all the practical knowledge a farmer needs to get hoof health on his dairy farm under control. With easily understandable descriptions, clear drawings and lots of photographs. To buy the book press here
Udder Health contains the building blocks for ideal organisation of housing, care and management. It follows the farmer through his daily/weekly/monthly routines, since udder health should not be regarded as separate from other activities on the farm. Do you know how to organise milking so that it takes the minimum of time and runs smoothly with each cow?
Do you know how to treat a cow with udder problems? Or how to overcome a cell count problem? In the end it’s down to you, but this book is an invaluable starting-point.
Its practical text, challenging puzzles and clear photos and illustrations make Udder Health an accessible and interesting guide for every dairy farmer. You’ll find yourself turning to Udder Health time and again. The practical advice it offers will help you improve the understanding of udder health on your farm and achieve higher standards. Collaboration with the Netherlands Udder Health Center (UGCN) allows this practical guide to incorporate the latest findings of the Dutch Long-Term Plan for Udder Health. To buy the book press here
Feeding Signals answers the four practical questions that every dairy farmer and worker on every dairy farm asks:
- What should I feed and how much?
- What is the best way to make sure every animal gets the right ration?
- How do I check that every animal is eating what they should be eating?
- How do I make adjustments and solve particular problems?
In addition, Feeding Signals shows you what you as a dairy farmer can do today to improve your feed management, with reliable information, short explanations and lots of images taken on working farms. To buy the book press here
Cows send out signals continuously about their health, well-being, nutrition, and production. The challenge for the dairy farmer is how to interpret these signals and use them. Dutch vet and cow enthusiast Jan Hulsen has drawn on his expertise and wide experience of cows and dairy farmers to write Cow Signals: a richly illustrated farmer’s guide on how to interpret the behavior, posture and physical characteristics of groups of cows and individual animals.
When observing cows it is important not to jump to conclusions immediately, but instead always to ask yourself three questions: What do I see? Why has this happened? What does this mean? If you know what to look for, you can pick up the signals everywhere and any time. Cow Signals will show you how. To buy the book press here