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Keeping a Family Cow
by Joann S. Grohman
This book is intended as an inspirational
manual for keeping a family milk cow.
A lifetime of practical experience
has been bound into one volume.
Practical advice for the everyday and
procedures for cow emergencies.
Plus, answers to FAQ's like, 'Should you
get a cow?' and 'How Much Space do I
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Nina Planck and
Joann trying to get Jasmine to read Keeping a
The Heifer Diary
conceived of the idea in 1998, it was to track Joann's
reentry into cow ownership. Although Joann
has kept cows all her life, with a new edition of
Keeping a Family Cow on the way, it seemed only
right to see about keeping one herself again.
Helen joined the family not long after.
Originally the diary was intended to track daily
milk production and related notes. Through
the years, it has evolved into a realistic yet
entertaining look at what it's really like to run
a family farm. Helen is always the star, but
many other cast members are featured.
Here's the header from the original entry:
is a diary of my daily milkings with my heifer,
Helen. As you may
have read in 'Keeping
a Family Cow', a cow can be a friend, a
confidante (she listens but does not repeat, like
a good barber), and a member of the family. She
can also be very moody or uncooperative. Her
first calf Henry was born on April 30 1998 (Helen
was two years and two months old). Her second,
Hector, was born July 9, 1999. Her third, Leah
(finally, a heifer) was born on June 30, 2000.
My hope is this diary gives you some
encouragement, and ideas, about how to deal with
your unruly heifer. Or maybe it's just
fun to read.