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A Field Guide to Cows

by John Pukite


A review by
John Troesser

This is one of those books that make you wonder: "Why didn't I think of that?" But you didn't and John Pukite did and he did a good job. You were probably paying bills and raising a family while John was researching and writing this book. His flyleaf biography says he fixes old bicycles in his spare time, which tells me he's not a family man.

The preface suggests it be carried in your glove compartment, and why not? It's not like it's crammed with gloves. Throw away those old road maps and make room for A Field Guide to Cows. The book is chock full of bovine statistics, which you will want to share with your friends and select relatives. In no time at all you will gain a reputation for being full of BS. An example: It takes 350 squirts of milk to make a gallon. 

Fifty-two breeds are featured with their identifying characteristics, vital statistics and even cow demographics. Humor is abundant and included are one of Gary Larson's best cow cartoons and a short poem by Ogden Nash. A handy checklist is provided for serious cow observers. Who can forget the Czech movie "Closely Watched Cows" from the Golden Age of Czech film (Aug - Oct '67). Or the Paul Newman classic: "Cud".

Despite the humorous tone, there are enough facts on breed, origin and behavior to inspire an entire new generation of ranching kings, dairy queens, butchers, milkmaids and steakhouse entrepreneurs. 


John Troesser


See Also

  • Are There Cows in Texas? by John Stankewitz
    A photo essay of Texas cows

  • Cows by David Knape

  • Cows by David Knape



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