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!