I am, you see, increasingly scared of strange cows, sometimes insisting to my husband that we detour on walks to avoid them; when they trot en masse towards you, as they seem to do more and more often, it is not un-frightening. And I speak from a point of view of knowledge. But yes … this book seems rather … odd? That was, until I started reading the comments. Theirs is a leading example of organic farming, based on the idea that livestock treated with kindness and consideration will have happier lives – and produce better meat. Do cows have jealousy? One of them is very aggressive and one of them more shy and you have to throw food at her for the others not to beat her too it. The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young About the author Kite’s Nest Farm is on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment. “Cows are as varied as people,” she declares in this charming account of her life as a dairy farmer. They can sulk, hold grudges, and they have preferences and can be vain. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The author is a farmer in Norfolk. In the future, all walks will be strictly Mitsouko-free. Especially if they did their research and purchased at more ethical places (I don’t think Canada as the big scary farms that are shown in documentaries like in the states, but still). They form “devoted and inseparable” friendships with their peers. But there’s none of the hardship and agony you find in Rebanks’s memoir or Ted Hughes’s Moortown poems. Its author, Rosamund Young, who lives and works at Kite’s Nest, an organic farm on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment, must be thrilled – or maybe not. I so enjoyed (and learned so much from) this enchanting and informative look at the secret lives of cows, pigs, hens and sheep. I give this book 3 out of 5 Dragons. I can believe a lot of what Rosamund said as I walk a lot and have found cows to be very curious animals. Young feels that if you become receptive to how the cows interact you can't help but question your assumptions. Nature is left to itself as much as possible and the animals receive exceptional kindness and consideration. One of her theses is that animals are just as individual as humans, and you can study their family relationships. It was certainly a strange, strange read! Start by marking “The Secret Life of Cows” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Sometimes you need to read a book about the capacity for intelligence and emotions in the earth’s inhabitants that aren’t human. I love the many characters described in this book. This could have been a nice little book in favor of vegetarianism and veganism, with all its cute stories about cows and hens and piglets, their families and friends, and their diverse personalities. We chuckled over the passages in this book, and I think I will never look at a cow in the same way again! The tone is relentlessly upbeat: “All birds are happy clever creatures” etc. I completely understand the frustrations that the author has regarding mass-farming and I agree, but on the whole I found that the book was more about describing the personalities of particular cows on her farm rather than a more scientific approach which would have discussed cows as a species. This book is charming, adorable, and at times laugh-out-loud funny. But they are also apt to forget one another – even their poor, dead calves – within weeks. Rosamund Young “The Secret Life of Cows” – book review I chose to read this book at the end of last year, as a quick fix to my rather low looking Goodreads reading challenge numbers. Apparently, she sometimes carries a large brush with her, the better to calm the curious and the cross with a few soothing strokes across the cliffs of their flanks – not something I’m likely to start doing any time soon. When they do venture into the countryside, the may be vaguely aware of these black and white animals in the fields as they flash past in the car. ( Log Out / Young’s style, careful and straightforward, is extremely soothing; her book should be prescribed for anxiety. Though this is relative, of course. All these characteristics and more have been observed, documented, interpreted and retold by Rosamund Young based on her experiences looking after the family farm's herd on Kite's Nest Farm in Worcestershire, England. Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, SE1 9GF. I realize that the cows I knew were not in the same situation as a large herd of either dairy or meat cows would be, but still. I got to page 33 out of 137. The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton (Book Review), Under the Garden by Graham Greene (Review). All these characteristics and more have been observed, documented, interpreted and retold by Rosamund Young based on her experiences looking after the family farm's herd on Kite's Nest Farm… It is run by Rosamund Young, her brother Richard, and her partner Gareth. • The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young is published by Faber & Faber (£9.99). I am not a vegetarian and will probably never be one, but this book has made me think about what type of meat I buy and consume. It was really interesting to learn about the intelligence and cunning of cows when they appear, to an outsider, such docile and clumsy beings. Book Review: ‘The Secret Life of Cows’ by Rosamund Young Sally from Henfield has picked up a range of different, exciting reads for the Horsham District Year of Culture Reading Challenge, including Graceland (Bethan Roberts), Six Foot Six (Kit de Waal) and Listening In (Jenny Eclair). And please do!! There were definitely some good takeaways from it but the whole thing overall left me feeling a bit strange and unsatisfied. Refresh and try again. It also makes a very good case for organic farming, and although it is a little odd that Young only briefly touches on the fact that her cows are mostly bred for meat, she does make it clear that that is not what this book is about: rather, it is a portrait of her cows, pigs, sheep and chickens, and a beauti. The book ends with lists of “20 things you ought to know about” cows, pigs, sheep and hens. Listened to this on audiobook via Borrowbox. Here the cows, sheep, hens and pigs all roam free. Her evidence for the qualities she finds in cows (empathy, guile, altruism, happiness, eccentricity) is anecdotal rather than scientific. Do they make friends and play favourites amongst the herd? (They like psychedelic magic mushrooms but I've not seen if they get high or not on them). All these characteristics and more have been observed, documented, interpreted and retold by Rosamund Young based on her experiences looking after the family farm’s herd on Kite’s Nest Farm in Worcestershire, England. On every Caribbean island there are a lot of chickens. Written in a simple conversational style, this wonderful book will show you how to read the body language of cows (and the odd sheep) and how to act appropriately. It is still a business, maybe not in the way of factory farming but they are still killed however humanely. Cows are “besotted” by and “dote on” their newborns, and nurture and counsel them as they grow up. In short, they are the same as we are, though perhaps morally superior. I said “obsessive”. The Secret Life of Cows exudes knowledge and a wealth of experience learned through years of observation and curiosity borne out of a farmer’s necessity. But if you’re ever looking for a book about cows, I don’t think this is the best one to pick up! ( Log Out / In short, they are the same as we are, though perhaps morally superior. I completely understand the frustrations that the author has regarding mass-farming and I agree, but on the whole I found that the book was more about describing the personalities of particular cows on her farm rather than a more scientific approach. On the richer ones they are just used as kitchen disposal units. ( Log Out / (We used to board our horses at a ranch that had a small herd of cattle for herding / roping practice.) Cows are not farmed in farms here, the farmer lets the gardens of the whole island feed them and they just cull the baby bulls, the cows are free to live out their li. Pigs are perfect. Here the cows, sheep, hens and pigs all roam free. Blurb COWS ARE… Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. It is only when they have left the climate controlled atmosphere that they realise quite how big they are. As she also notes: “If a cow’s intelligence is sufficient to make her a success as a cow, what more could be wished?” However, they have other qualities, too, many of them contradictory. Rosamund Young’s The Secret Life of Cows gives far more than a simple description of animal personality, behaviour and communication. I’m Zuky, from the UK, and 23 years old. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / This book is not structures, but it is a conversation at a kitchen table about a lovely family of cows and other creatures. ☀️☀️☀️ Sunshine Blogger Award ☀️☀️☀️ | Let's Get Galactic, The Book Addiction Tag || Tags & Awards – Bookmark Your Thoughts. I don’t think I’ll be picking this one up lol. I got to page 33 out of 137. I think I would have enjoyed all the facts more if they were set up as such, rather than like looking back through a photo family album. It’s perfect for anyone who’s fond of animals or - like me - attributes personality traits and facial expressions to them. If we watched them as closely as Rosamund Young does, we'd have no doubts. In a way, it’s like a book for children. Factory farmers don’t care about the animals so there is no feeling there when they are killed. I honestly don’t care for cooking … but I have some good smoothie recipes lol!! I loved this volume and I want to give a copy to all my friends. And we can exchange some! . Young is a good storyteller and educator as well. Probably not, though it claims that two-thirds of farmland in the UK is grassland, mostly “unsuitable for crop production”, and points out that a switch to arable farming usually means the removal of hedgerows, which are vital for carbon storage and partly offset methane emissions. It is still a business, maybe not in the way of factory farming but they are still killed however humanely.
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