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With endearing personal stories and layman's scientific explanations, Raising Goats Naturally lays an enjoyable and empowering foundation for goat-rearing success on the self-reliant farmstead. Deborah Niemann exemplifies the best spirit and action in homestead animal care. What a great contribution to self-reliance.

-- Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm


Deborah Niemann’s book is an inspiring and useful guide for anyone thinking about raising goats. Her research is exhaustive and her personal stories give real depth and dimension to the experience, preparing the prospective goat owner not only for the technical challenges, but also for the rich emotional experience of sharing your life with a herd.
---Bryan Welch, Publisher & Editorial Director, Mother Earth News, GRIT Magazine, Mother Earth Living, and author, Beautiful and Abundant: Building the World We Want


Deborah Neimann has done it again! She has created another practical and educational book for beginners interested in trying something new. Raising Goats Naturally is an excellent starting point and guide for anyone about to dive into the world of goats. The book does a marvelous job in covering practical approaches to husbandry and how to avoid the pitfalls that novices often encounter.
---Jeannette Beranger, Research & Technical Programs Manager, American Livestock Breeds Conservancy


In Raising Goats Naturally, Deborah Neimann cuts through the formulaic and often inflexible so-called “expert advice” and encourages us to get to know our animals and listen to what they tell us. Drawing on vast experience, Neimann offers an upbeat, authentic glimpse of what life with dairy goats is really like. This book is important because it brings animal husbandry back to the fore and delivers the goods in a highly integrated manner that’s every bit as enjoyable to read as it is important for goatherds of all experience levels.
---Oscar H. “Hank” Will III, Editor-in-Chief, GRIT Magazine and author of Plowing with Pigs

This lovely book offers a glimpse into an exceptionally thoughtful barnyard. As someone who has benefited from Deborah's goat wisdom for years, I'm delighted that she's compiled it into such a comprehensive guide. -- Margaret Hathaway, author of Living with Goats


Anastacia Zittel , Anastacia Knits blog

The book begins on explaining how to buy a goat, what to look for, what things to consider, the different breeds of goats. Niemann explains why raising a goat for a dairy animal is easier, simpler, and smarter than buying a dairy cow. There is a small section about fiber producing animals, but the bulk of the book is on the milk and meat products.

Every aspect of care is discussed, from parasites, to housing / shelter, bedding, fencing, food, companionship (goats like to be with other goats, not just other animals), protecting from other animals, and so on. There's lots of photos to help you on your journey of goat ownership.

From the Author

When I bought my first goats, everyone I met was talking about using chemical dewormers on a regular basis, taking babies away from their mothers at birth, and using antibiotics at the first hint of anything abnormal. I didn't want to raise my goats like that, but there wasn't any information out there to help me follow a more natural path. I don't take drugs regularly, and if I suddenly found myself with a medical condition that could be treated with drugs, I would first be looking at diet and lifestyle changes to solve the problem. Over the years, I've used the same approach with my goats. This is NOT a book filled with herbal or homeopathic remedies for sick goats. This is a book that gives you information on how to keep your goats healthy through diet and management. That starts with letting mothers raise their own babies so they can get the antibody-rich colostrum and milk. It continues with providing the best possible diet for goats by understanding their nutritional needs. Through the years I've consulted researchers at Texas A&M, Langston University, Auburn, and more to learn what nutrients goats need -- and how to provide those nutrients in their day-to-day diet, rather than by purchasing expensive supplements.

A good diet is your first line of defense against disease and parasites. For example, a copper deficient goat will not be able to tolerate parasites, so you need to be sure that your goats are getting enough copper. But there are many other things that need to be done so that you don't lose goats to parasites. Natural management practices, such as pasture rotation and mixed-species grazing, play an important role in keeping goats healthy. The parasite chapter is 24 pages long and covers common deworming protocols to avoid, while it also provides many practices that will help to prevent parasite infection in your herd.

While the first two-thirds of the book is about raising goats, the last third provides instruction in using their milk and meat for cooking and producing your own dairy products, cheeses, and soaps.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865717451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865717459
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert. In 2002, she relocated her family from the suburbs of Chicago to a 32 acre parcel on a creek "in the middle of nowhere". Together, they built their own home and began growing the majority of their own food. Sheep, pigs, cattle, goats, chickens, and turkeys supply meat, eggs and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provides fruit and vegetables. A highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader, Deborah presents extensively on topics including soapmaking, breadbaking, cheesemaking, composting and homeschooling.

Customer Reviews

Deborah's book is very informative and well written.
Jim
Lots of great information and covers everything from milking to what to do with it, and how to use the goats for meat, their care in a natural way, etc...!
mursea
After reading the book, I decided to put it off a bit longer, not out of discouragement, but just because I realize I need to prepare a bit better first.
Kristi Gilleland

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By WhetzelMomma on October 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Raising Goats Naturally is a great book for the herdsman looking for solid, well researched information about raising goats without the abuse of chemicals and other traditionally accepted methods of herd management. Using common sense, personal experience, and LOTS of research into a natural approach to herd management, Deborah helps her readers understand that good herd management translates into a herd that doesn't NEED conventional methods to thrive. I have had the fortune to learn some of what Deborah knows about raising goats naturally from her on line. This book offers Deborah's years of reading and application in an easy to read, easy to reference book. Deborah helps you understand that herd management is NOT a cookie cutter system. She shares different views and solutions to the same problems, so that her readers can take the information that will work for THEIR herd, and use it.

In other books I have read on goats and their management and care, the author is usually quick to tell their readers to take an animal to the vet for care at the slightest sign of illness or problems. This approach is not helpful when you are trying to raise a herd of goats, and cannot afford to be taking a goat to the vet at the drop of a hat. Not to mention, that in some areas, finding a knowledgeable Caprine vet is not easy, or in some cases even possible. For those of us that need MORE than the automatic "ask a vet" response to minor issues, I appreciate that Deborah shares information about causes of certain ailments, and helps you make a better informed decision to consult a vet or not.

If you know nothing about goats, and are looking for a great all around herd management book, this is a great book for you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Tinker on November 21, 2013
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I have been reading and preparing to get some goats and this is the book that I have been looking for. I want Nigerian Dwarf's and this book covers them top to bottom. It also offers the information for those who are looking for self-sufficiency, and a more natural philosophy of keeping. If you are looking at getting Nigerians and only want to use the chemicals when absolutely necessary, then this is the book for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amy Wallace VINE VOICE on March 8, 2014
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So my husband and I finally got baby goats. We started with 5, then got 5 more, now we have almost 20 baby goats. (only keeping 10, the rest are meat goats) We have plenty of space for them, but didn't know much about raising them, their general care, etc.So I got this book, thinking it would be helpful.

In some ways, this book helped: worming and vaccination information was very informative. The illness section was also quite helpful. The various personal stories of goats and what the author learned from those goats was priceless information. Our favorite story was the pregnant goat that was trying to sit in the author's lap on the way to the vet.

In other ways, this book was NOT helpful: This is a book of opinions. For some people, that might be great. For my husband and I, we wanted specific information about goats that we ended up finding out by visiting goat farms in the area and asking the farmers. Things like: "one of the babies is coughing a lot and sounds congested, what should I do?" or "One of the baby goats seems lame in one leg, what should I do?" Those types of questions are not answered specifically enough for me, or even addressed at all.

Also, my husband and I wanted dairy and meat goats. We figured with a title like: The complete guide to milk, meat and more, there would be tons more information about meat. There wasn't. I would have liked a butchering guide or a picture of the different cuts of meat on a goat or how to extract rennet from a baby goat. This book had some information about goats for meat, but it didn't have much information that was helpful.

I did enjoy the milk section, especially the cheese-making section! I thought that was perhaps the best part of this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Frey on October 10, 2013
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I have several goat books as my wife and I have Double "D" Farms we make goat cheese sell meat and milk this book is indispensable.. Great writer
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Demoderbyking on October 14, 2013
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Deborah spoke at Mother Earth News in Topkea and WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Had to run out and get the book! She calls it like it is and I love it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leila on September 11, 2014
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Today I met Deborah Niemann at the National Heirloom Expo. I relayed to her a bunch of novice concerns I've had about my small but growing herd, and I thought I was being silly for trying to turn them into actual questions. I often feel this way when talking about goats on web forums or with people in my town who have been 4-H members since kindergarten. Refreshingly, she didn't give me a definite answer. She considered my thoughts carefully, helped to narrow down the issue, and reply as succinctly as possible. Most times you get mixed answers from people who think they are SURE. Deborah Niemann doesn't presume to do anything more than equip you with the information you will most likely need to answer your own questions. And she does it in a way that makes sense to the layperson. I own way too many books on goats, and you only need this one. As I said, I met her only today, but I'm half way through it already and it's like she's still chatting with me.
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