My Favorite Cattle Farming Books

The book list on this page contains all my favorite cattle farming books, organized by category. If you have a favorite cattle farming book that's not on my list, please recommend it here

Ranch Setup + Advice

Grass Fed Cattle

Grass Fed Cattle: How to Produce and Market Natural Beef - by Julius Ruechel.

How to Not go Broke Ranching

How to Not go Broke Ranching: Things I Learned the Hard Way in Fifty Years of Ranching - by Walt Davis.

Raising Beef Cattle

Storey's Guide to Raising Beef Cattle - by Heather Smith Thomas.

Salad Bar Beef

Salad Bar Beef - by Joel Salatin.

Knowledge Rich Ranching

Knowledge Rich Ranching - by Allan Nation

Grassfed to Finish

Grassfed to Finish: A Production Guide to Gourmet Grass-Finished Beef - by Allan Nation.

Healthy Land, Happy Families and Profitable Businesses (on

Healthy Land, Happy Families and Profitable Businesses: Essays to Improve Your Land, Your Life and Your Bottom Line - by Dave W Pratt.

No Risk Ranching

No Risk Ranching: Custom Grazing on Leased Land - by Greg Judy.

If You Want To Be A Cowboy, Get A Job

If You Want To Be A Cowboy, Get A Job - by Stan Parsons.

Thoughts and Advice from an Old Cattleman

Thoughts and Advice from an Old Cattleman - by Gordon Hazard.

Cattle Health

Merck Veterinary Manual, on

The Merck Veterinary Manual - 11th Edition.

The Cattle Health Handbook

The Cattle Health Handbook - by Heather Smith Thomas

Essential Guide to Calving

Essential Guide to Calving: Giving Your Beef or Dairy Herd a Healthy Start - by Heather Smith Thomas.

Livestock Handling

Moving' Em

Moving 'Em: A Guide to Low Stress Animal Handling - by Burt Smith.

Humane Livestock Handling

Humane Livestock Handling: Understanding livestock behavior and building facilities for healthier animals - by Temple Grandin.

Animals in Translation

Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior - by Temple Grandin.

Soil + Pasture

Hands-On Agronomy

Hands-On Agronomy: Understanding Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Use - by Neal Kinsey.

Greener Pastures on Your Side of the Fence

Greener Pastures on Your Side of the Fence: Better Farming With Voisin Management-Intensive Grazing - by Bill Murphy

Kick the Hay Habit

Kick the Hay Habit: A Practical Guide to Year-Around Grazing - by Jim Gerrish.

Management Intensive Grazing, on

Management-Intensive Grazing: The Grassroots of Grass Farming - by Jim Gerrish.

Quality Pasture

Quality Pasture: How to Create It, Manage It & Profit from It - by Allan Nation.

Pasture Profits With Stocker Cattle

Pasture Profits With Stocker Cattle - by Allan Nation.

Holistic Management

Holistic Management

Holistic Management: A Commonsense Revolution to Restore Our Environment - by Allan Savory, Jody Butterfield.

Holistic Management Handbook

Holistic Management Handbook: Healthy Land, Healthy Profits - by Jody Butterfield, Sam Bingham, Allan Savory.

All About Grass Fed Beef

Pasture Perfect

Pasture Perfect: How You Can Benefit from Choosing Meat, Eggs, and Dairy Products from Grass-Fed Animals - by Jo Robinson.

The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook

The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook: Healthy Cooking and Good Living with Pasture-Raised Foods - by Shannon Hayes.

Ranching Fiction

All Creatures Great And Small, on

All Creatures Great and Small - by James Herriot.

All Things Bright and Beautiful

All Things Bright and Beautiful: The Warm and Joyful Memoirs of the World's Most Beloved Animal Doctor - by James Herriot.

Smith and Other Events, on

Smith and Other Event: Tales of the Chilcotin - by Paul St. Pierre.

Breaking Smith's Quarter Horse, on

Breaking Smith's Quarter Horse - by Paul St. Pierre.

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