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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Book Review (Storey's Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep Goats Cattle and Pigs)

Have you ever wondered what makes one breed of farm animals better than another. Or perhaps which breeds will do well in your particular environment. Perhaps you are interested in rare or heritage breeds of livestock and want to help preserve the diversity of farm animals. This book is an asset to all of those things and more.

Loaded with photographs of both common and rare breeds of farm animals, this is almost a coffee table book explaining difference in breeds and even tracing what these breeds were used for throughout history. It is immensely interesting to know that the White Park Cattle were hunted as feral animals, or that Chianina were used by the Romans to pull triumphant generals through the streets.

The book is more than simply a history lesson in different breeds however. Each breed is given details such as functional type (beef, dairy, wool, etc.) appearance, size, conservation status, and what the breed is best known for. The book also has a huge amount of resources for finding out more about each of the breeds, and contact information for the societies that work with and track breeders.

This is not a how to book on how to raise these animals. Rather it is a book that is useful to determine which particular animals may suit your situation, and how best to understand and promote diversity on the farm.

If you would like to purchase the book you can do so through our website here. Even if you are only a dreamer, this book is full of useful and interesting information.

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