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  • Series: How to Raise...
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; 1st edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076033157X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760331576
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... this book is a wonderful introduction to the art/science of goat raising. This beautifully illustrated book touches on just about every issue you might worry about when considering entering our mysterious “caprine world…I think this is a wonderful book for anyone who is wondering if they are up to the challenge of keeping a goat herd. But its added strength is in its list of resources for in-depth research. Published by Voyageur Press, this book will reach the mainstream press and guide interested people to find more detailed information along their journey.

-- Ruminations, Summer 2009

…a no-nonsense, how-to manual that lives up to its title. Full color photography and straightforward text accessible to readers of all backgrounds make How to Raise Goats an absolute “must-have” for anyone considering goat ownership.

--Midwest Book Review, April, 2009

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For anyone thinking of acquiring a goat or starting a herd--for whatever reason--this book is an essential resource. Written by an authority on goat breeding and behavior, this approachable guide covers every component of raising goats for fun or profit, meat or milk. Beginning with the basics--history and behavior, types and breeds--Carol Amundson answers all of a prospective owner’s questions about getting a goat, from land requirements and regulations to choosing or assessing particular animals or breeds. She goes into the details of housing, feeding, breeding, milking, training, showing, transporting and marketing--everything a goat owner needs to know.

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Great book - good information.
Hobo's Dream
I also have Storey's guide to raising goats and as meantioned in another review these are the best 2 books to have.
happymommi
I highly recommend this book for anyone who has or who is interested in goats.
Erin Hanson

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Beart on March 17, 2009
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"Pet" focus with a "Farm" emphasis!

A reasonably broad topic book, with a very nice introduction to the choosing/breeding/raising areas and some great photo-to-text reinforcement. This book covers the general information well. Especially good as a general guide.

The photos and illustrations make the book. Well put together!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 16, 2009
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Whether you're raising goats for milk or meat or have them as pets, HOW TO RAISE GOATS provides an excellent survey covering everything from choosing among breeds to proper care, feeding, and keeping a herd healthy. Rural collections in particular will find patrons interested in these specifics, coming from a longtime goat farmer who explains all the pros and cons of goat-raising.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. Allen on November 11, 2009
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I have a 4-H group that is always wanting more information on goats, specifically dairy goats. This book gives a wide variety of information and has great pictures for visualization. I would highly recommend this book for beginner to intermediate knowledge on goats. It is current and offers information in a different way than you might get from Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats. (another book I would recommend)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By 3p Farms on November 30, 2009
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Very useful and informative. A good reference book for our farm. You will find yourself going back to it again and again.
Good work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Silea TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2011
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If you've caught the latest round of livestock enthusiasm and decided that you want to consider getting a few goats, get this book. It covers basically everything you'll want to know.

From which breeds are good for which purposes, through how to find a reputable farm or shop to buy from, and on to selecting the individual goats to take home with you, the first few chapters give you a guide for figuring out how to start on your caprican adventure.

There are a few chapters in the middle about feeding, sheltering, and containing goats, and a few about diseases and ailments and treatments (though they seem to expect you'll have a veterinarian to treat your goats instead of expecting you to have a suture kit handy, which is probably true for most small-scale goat keepers).

After that, a quartet of chapters focusing on the specific needs depending on why you have goats. Dairy goats and meat goats have very different feeding requirements, if you're keeping goats for their hair you'll need to know how to keep them clean and when to shear them, and if you just want a pet you might not care at all to read instructions on how to milk a nanny or help her birth a kid.

No matter why you plan to get goats, even if it's just to keep the horse company, this book is a great place to start.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bizzee1 on August 11, 2011
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This is by far the best book we have found for raising goats! It is very well illustrated and covers every topic you would want to know. I especially like the explanations of the different breeds/types of goats. It helps you make choices on goat care, fertility issues, etc. by covering all the options so you can make informed decisions. You will not be disappointed in your purchase!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By junebug on April 12, 2013
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Item arrived in a timely manner. The book is wonderful. Tons of information with lots of pictures. The price was also good. Overall, I am very satisfied with this purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lita Kelley on February 10, 2013
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This book is ok, but it's not really that informative.. It's pretty very basic and more suitable for little kids. I didn't learn anything I didn't already know from this book.. Nothing new to be gained from this book if you already know the basics
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