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Naturally Healthy Goats Reference Guide (Blue Rock Station Style) Spiral-bound – 2012


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 76 pages
  • Publisher: BRS Media; 2nd edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097916110X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979161100
  • ASIN: B004H1KB2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,562,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alain Hashimoto on August 20, 2013
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I have to say I found this overpriced for what it offers. Perhaps someone new to goats would find it more helpful than I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill Risko on December 29, 2012
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This is definitely a reference book not to sit and read through. It is a good quick reference though to be kept in the barn.
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It was hard to come up with a proper rating for this little book. Many things about it are 5 star: the reference guide style, topics covered, glossary, the old fashioned goat cheese recipe, the author's commitment to natural goat care, the time and research that obviously went into it. It also has a decent index. The information is based on the author's own experiences and the research that resulted because of them. I definitely agree with that approach, but have to say that because I have different breeds and different experiences, my research and conclusions have resulted in different practices for some things. That's not an indicator of right or wrong, it's simply what should happen as we each deal with our own herds. Still, I find it invaluable to learn what other folks do.

A number of things dinged those 5 stars. First I have to agree with the review that stated the book is overpriced. There are 77 pages of goat related information. You can find books with a lot more information for a lower price. Even so, very few other books go into natural health care for goats in such detail. Does that justify the high price? Well, I don't know what the printing costs are, but I think the book would help a lot more people and a lot more goats if it were priced better. Also there are some things for which I would have liked more information. Pasture management, for example. I would have liked more how-to than why-to. For a research based book I think a bibliography would have been helpful. Statements such as "some experts say," doesn't mean much if the reader doesn't know who the experts are.

I will say I'm glad I bought this book. It's a great addition to the goat section of my homestead library. If you're on a limited budget, most of the information can be found online if you're willing to spend the time doing your own research. It's just very convenient having it in this concise, handy reference guide.
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