Nineteen chapters and 11 Appendices discuss the history of the meat goat, meat goats in the United States, management, getting started in the goat business, goat selection and record keeping, facilities, feeders and fencing, handling systems, nutrition, grazing management, routine procedures, kid production, diseases, artificial insemination, embryo transfer, showing, guard animals, herding dogs, healthy and delicious meat, meat goat calendar and many other topics. Appendix X: Can Sheep and Goats be Raised Together? and XI: My Mother was right! Processed Foods are Bad for You (and Your Animals!) and can be Poisonous! are new. Appendix XI contains information on preventing and coping with various errors that can be made by nutritionists and feed mills. Meat Goats, their History, Management and Diseases has been written especially for North Americans whose interest in raising goats for their healthful and delicious meat (chevon) has burgeoned in the past decade. Prior to this time, only a relatively small number of farmers and ranchers in this part of the world raised goats - mostly Angoras in Texas (for mohair) or milk goats (for their especially digestible milk products) - although 'Spanish' or 'brush' goats have long been a presence in the South (particularly in Texas). Since goats are not indigenous to this continent, the authors of this book have discussed the pros and cons of recent imports (such as the Boer and Kiko) as well as the more established 'Spanish' goat. [9 breeds in all have been considered.] The authors have not only set down their opinions and experiences but have cited those of recognized goat experts worldwide. --CCP January 2007
"Meat Goats, Their History, Management and Diseases" is a valuable reference you will turn to again and again." ."If you are in the meat goat business, this book needs to be in your library." --Stockman Grass Farmer, Staff Report, March 2001
"I recently had the pleasure of reviewing a just released book that belongs in every goat breeder's reference library." "The appendix includes a large number of tables and references. This list [of references] alone is worth the price of the book." --Boergoats.com web site
About the Author
Stephanie and Allison Mitcham have had a wide and longstanding acquaintance with goats and books. Stephanie, a veterinary pathologist, has been raising goats (Angoras, Boers, Savannas) in the midwest for many years. Her detailed Diseases chapter, which according to one well qualified reviewer, "offers clear, understandable methods of treatment with symptoms well-described" is a special bonus - as are her many management tips resulting from her extensive experience.
Allison has more than 20 books to her credit and many articles.
Together Stephanie and Allison have collaborated on a number of published articles and on their best-selling book (in both North America and Europe) on Angora goats, now in a second edition.