By Zahava Hanan

ISBN-10: 1552381587

ISBN-13: 9781552381588

"Bestiary": is a compendium of animals or birds, actual or legendary, with an outline in their conduct and visual appeal. most crucial to a "Bestiary" is the spiritual or ethical classes that every animal can train humans. during this context, the booklet seeks to construct at the traditions of the medieval "Bestiary" and considers the original animals of the Alberta Mountains and foothills. From the point of view of a rancher who has an intimate wisdom of the panorama and animals, the texture and texture of average existence are illuminated in prose that's either stirring and funny. With the author's sensitivity to the rhythms of the land, the animals and the heavens, the reader is drawn into the wildlife the place connections to historic wisdom underscore a passionate obstacle for the surroundings and humankind's accountability to the realm we proportion with all creatures.

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A well-chosen bull will help the cow to have a higher conception rate, earlier pubertal age and calving ease. A good bull is important too because we have such a short season for breeding. One bull can serve eighteen to twenty-five cows by nature's methods, but up to ten thousand by artificial insemination. Bulls used for this purpose rarely live beyond eight years. At the artificial insemination centres they are kept in runs that might be suitable for dogs and they stand on concrete, because concrete is easier to maintain.

This takes longer than prodding and whipping, but I have always been amazed at man's ability to turn a blind eye to cruelty. It does not even make economic sense. How often does the free spirit created in the wilderness turn to wild wacko because of desperation and insanity? I have often asked myself that, when I see imbalanced inner stirrings being acted out on the land and its animals. I feel we must examine our farming practices and consider whether we have the right to defy nature. For instance, it took thousands of years to get the right size of calf for the cow, so as to reach the udder for the first day's suckling of vital colostrum.

I could feel confusion in her body, and then she would throw her whole self on my lap as I sat in the field. They, the cows, might lick my feet, but no further were they to go, for her body was a buffer between them and me. When Grenadier found his way to a neighbour's land, I could tell him to make tracks back home with ease — simply on foot with a stick in my hand which I rarely used. I would say, 'Get on home, Grenadier, there are lots of ladies there', and he would move off waving his head back and forth and emitting much grumbling, but never losing his dignified self.

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