The Secret Life of Cows / Rosamund Young.

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    • Edition:
      Reissued [updated] edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: The author distills a lifetime of organic farming wisdom, describing the surprising personalities of her cows and other animals.
    • Content Notes:
      Foreword / by Alan Bennett -- A little bit about ingenuity -- Alice and Jim -- Mothers and daughters -- Jake -- Unusual behaviour needs investigating -- A little bit on names and more on grieving -- A brief note about sleep -- Different kinds of mooing -- Cows make good decisions -- Bovine friendships are seldom casual -- But bulls are a completely different kettle of fish -- Fat Hat II -- Cows have preferences -- Eye contact -- Cows remember -- A little bit about horses -- A digression on sheep, and pigs and hens -- Difficult calvings--cows are never wrong -- Dizzy and her family -- Something happens here every day -- Physical communication -- Notes on grooming -- A word about milk -- Calf games -- Amelia -- Hens like playing -- There's another side to hens -- Amelia again -- A brief note on birds -- Self-medication -- Dorothy and her daughter, Little Dorothy -- Twenty things you ought to know about cows -- Twenty things you ought to know about hens -- Twenty things you ought to know about sheep -- Twenty things you ought to know about pigs -- Kite's Nest Farm.
    • Notes:
      "This is a reissued edition of my book so I have had the opportunity to update some of the material."--Page [vii].
      Includes bibliographical references (page 139).
      Text in English.
    • ISBN:
      9780525557319
      0525557318
    • OCLC:
      on1038520677
      1038520677
    • Accession Number:
      fay.573546

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 June #1

An organic farmer for more than 30 years, Young runs Kite's Nest Farm on the edge of the Cotswolds in southwestern England. Raising beef and dairy cattle along with sheep, pigs, and chickens in an open environment where the animals choose what's best for them, Young discovered that allowing her animals to express their natural behaviors made sound financial sense. Happy animals grow faster. In a series of interconnected stories, the author writes of bovine friendships, such as that of the White Boys, two pure-white calves born days apart who immediately preferred each other's company to that of their mothers. Animals know how to care for themselves. Those who have sustained an injury will seek out willows, a natural source of aspirin. Lucy the pig taught Young the falsity of the old wives' tale that pigs couldn't swim by jumping into a pond and doing a few laps. Young's animal stories are truly charming and quietly convincing of the great value of a more natural form of farming. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 April #2

Reflecting on over 30 years as a cattle farmer in Worcestershire, England, Young muses on her herd members' inner lives and shares best practices for keeping them happy and healthy in her appealing, if somewhat disorganized, book. Her contention that "every animal has a limitless ability to experience a whole range of emotions" is demonstrated through anecdotes of her cows engaging in familial love and bonding, play, and even grief. These include a touching story about a young cow seeking out her mother for comfort after giving birth to a stillborn calf; a mother who held a grudge against Young for three years for taking away her sick calf; and a mischievous cow that amused herself by removing the same workman's cap every time she saw him. Young also makes a case for the species' intelligence, as evinced in their ability to make healthy eating choices. Her prose is contemplative and idyllic, featuring charming phrases like "Every old hedge has a story to tell" and folksy section titles like "A little bit about horses" and "A digression on sheep, and pigs and hens." Although the book's loose-knit structure can cause it to read more like a series of journal entries than a polished text, Young's assertion that "all animals are individuals" is certainly supported by these entertaining and tender stories. (June)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.