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[Note: Some of these questions have been transferred to relevant sections as we update the information available online, in order to help make searching for particular items easier.]
FAQ: A family was looking for an “all-in-all” reference book about family milk cows:
Sorry, that book does not exist!
You can search online for books. I borrowed some through the library first to see if I wanted to purchase any of them. I never did, but rather wrote down a few notes from the books that I wanted to keep on hand.
Joann Grohman’s book “Keeping a Family Cow” is an informative start for those new to the dairy industry.
I would also recommend looking online.
Magazines Progressive Dairyman or Hoard’s Dairyman can answer some your questions, even though they’re intended for larger farms.
The best long-term resource is to know a dairy farmer you can call or visit with issues about. One of the main reasons we have never “published a book” although handy for reference, is because the cow world and our knowledge is constantly changing.
FAQ: About a new cow and adapting to a new environment:
Canadian Dairy Network: http://www.cdn.ca/home.php (Research information on BULLS)
Keeping a Family Cow: http://familycow.proboards.com/index.cgi (Great support from fellow family cow owners and owners of small dairies)
National Association Animal Breeders: http://www.naab-css.org/db/ (Look up bull information)
Dairy Cow Daily: http://dairycowdaily.com/More-Excellent-93-Point-Jerseys.html (Keep up on news of good genetics)
Penn Dutch Cow Care: http://penndutchcowcare.org/ (Treating Dairy Cows Naturally)
Archived Book “The Jersey, Alderney, and Guernsey Cow: Their History, Nature, and Management” http://www.archive.org/stream/jerseyalderneygu00haza#page/n7/mode/2up
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy: http://www.albc-usa.org/dairy/heritage_dairy_animals/dairy_farming.html
Dairy Information Resources: http://babcock.wisc.edu/node/120