The Secret Life of Cows 
WITH A FOREWORD BY ALAN BENNETT
'A lovely, thoughtful little book about the intelligence of cows.' - James Rebanks, author of The Shepherd's Life
Cows are as varied as people. They can be highly intelligent or slow to understand; vain, considerate, proud, shy, or inventive. Although much of a cow's day is spent eating, they always find time for extracurricular activities such as babysitting, playing hide and seek, blackberry picking, or fighting a tree. This is an affectionate record of a hitherto secret world.
AUTHOR: Kite's Nest Farm is on the edge of The Cotswold escarpment. It is run by Rosamund Young, her brother Richard, and her partner Gareth. Nature is left to itself as much as possible and the animals receive exceptional kindness and consideration. Kite's Nest Farm produces beef and lamb from 100% grass-fed animals which are butchered and sold in the farm shop. www.thesecretlifeofcows.co.uk
A Future Classic
Posted by Chantal Simpson on 16th Oct 2017
A future classic, should be mandatory reading for all involved with agriculture, farming, livestock breeding, compassion in farming, etc ...
If we all had the wisdom to see farm animals as the sentient beings they truly are, rather than the dumb creatures we assume them to be ( possibly because it suits us & assuages our guilt when we treat them as mere commercial commodities) it would be a huge advance in the ethical treatment of farm animals.
This book recoups many of our own observations concerning a small family group of Highlander cattle (led by a wise old Matriarch-cow who assists all the young mothers at calving time, year after year) who have grazed on my husband's farm in Scotland for many years.
We have had the privilege of time to observe/ grow v. fond of our Highlanders ... but for all that we know, young beef cattle (who have shorter stays on the farm, and are not kept in their family groups of origin, of course) might have just as attractive/complex personalities if we really got to know them, over time?
An important book, full of insights, and well-worth reading if you're interested in country life!