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True Cow Tales: Delightful Anthology Full of Bovine Buzz

By Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief


Tags: cows, cattle, farms, books,

GRIT Editor Hank Will at the wheel of his 1964 IH pickup.I just finished reading True Cow Tales: Literary Sketches and Stories by Farmers, Ranchers, and Dairy Princesses edited by C. R. Lindemer. True Cow Tales is delightful anthology of bovine buzz that covers the ground with more than 45 stories and poems that let you in on what life with cattle is really like – and what the life of dairy princesses past and present is all about. Lindemer’s touch really brings the anthology to life with an organizational scheme that makes sense and connects several generations of agriculturists.

Read about the champion Simmental cow named Ruby whose reward was a handful of Oreos and a heart-warming tale of excess milk, cookies and the meaning of neiTrue Cow Tales cover image.ghborly. True Cow Tales will make you laugh, cry, think and just might make you feel good about being human. Inside these pages you will see what real bull is all about, you’ll learn about bovine love and butter-carton skirts, and you’ll experience the pain of losing the place you love. In True Cow Tales, cows have names like Patty, Dixie and Dawn – and some of them love to find holes in the fence and mix it up with their keepers.

True Cow Tales isn’t just for farmers or folks interested in keeping cows. This anthology paints a behind the scenes picture of what animal agriculture is really like and records some important history in the process. In addition to those with an agricultural focus, the book is a must read for folks interested in authentic story telling, where food comes from and in reconnecting with the agricultural roots that made this country strong.

True Cow Tales is available directly from the publisher and at various online and brick and mortar book sellers. I recommend that you get your copy today.


Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on .