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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bowman Communications (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967038103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967038100
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This book is an enjoyable, no-nonsense tool for all goat breeders, with valuable, up-to-date information.

About the Author

Gail Bowman lives in Twin Falls, Idaho with her husband and their 5 children. Gail has a Bachelor's Degree in Education, and many years of teaching and writing experience. In 1997 Gail began writing humorous and informational articles for several magazines. Raising Meat Goats for Profit is Gail's first book, however she is very excited to announce that she has a new book out called Country Tales.

More About the Author

Gail Bowman was raised on a ranch in southern California. She received her bachelor's degree in Education from California State University Northridge in 1980 and worked in banking and teaching for many years.

In 1982, Gail and her husband, David, moved to the country in Idaho where they raised their 5 children. As with many families, their years in the Idaho countryside were eventful and packed with crazy adventures and hilarious opportunities to enjoy their wonderful children and the fun they could have together.

During their years in the country, the Bowmans raised goats and were involved in the founding of the International Boer Goat registry, and in bringing Boer Meat Goats to the United States.

In 2003, Gail established her new company, Health Food Emporium, and she has spent recent years learning about holistic health care and whole food supplements.

Gail is now a Senior Vice President with Beyond Organic, a Jordan Rubin company, as well as the owner and manager of her own company Health Food Emporium.

Customer Reviews

Came as described - very well written, very informative and easy read.
Kelly Allison
Just a quick endorsement: We started raising goats last summer and I bought this book for my husband for Christmas 2009 along with another book.
J. Osborn
This book covers all aspects of raising meat goats and is very helpful even for the experienced goat breeder.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Charles Wm Anderson @wordpress VINE VOICE on June 22, 2003
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Gail Bowman is the sort of writer that most all authors could learn from. More important, Gail Bowman is obviously experienced in the craft she writes about and her love of the most cantankerous of farm critters shows through.
This is one of the few chatty how-to books that I have found did not waste even a page of type.
No matter the topic, it is apparent Ms Bowman has learned from experience and is unafraid to tell us her mistakes as well as her successes. But, she is not preachy and doesn't try to convince us there is only one way. She freely informs us of methods and techniques, and even other breeds, reported to her by other breeders.
I had long thought the best way to try and make a living with goats would be as a dairy, but, milking a hundred goats can be mighty tiring for a bare living. Thus, I was considering meat goats after downloading some introductory blurbs published by the Saskatchewan Ag folks.
I, however, remained skeptical of meat goats for profit. I was concerned I might be getting into a branch of agriculture for dreamers (the visionary sort, no disrespect meant) but, at age 50, I just don't feel the hankering to blaze any new trails. In other words, I want to let today's youth do the experimenting. I just want to earn money to sock away for my retirement.
Well, Ms Bowman has done a great job in showing me that meat goats are not the 21st Century equivalent of ostrich, emu, elk, deer and bison. They are a viable farm product that can produce a reasonable income without having to create a new market or without having to depend on other breeders for one's profit.
I nominate Raising Meat Goats For Profit as one of the Best How-To books for the 21st Century!
If I were still publishing farm magazines I would definitely be shouting the news to my readers. Raising Meat Goats For Profit is a masterpiece.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By N. Schuette on December 17, 2012
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I checked out about 5 books from the library on goats and found that they were all almost identical. I was hoping that this book being solely on meat goats would have more detailed information on meat goats. The only thing that makes this book about meat goats is the chapter on breeds since it only speaks about meat goats. I was really looking forward to this as the other books had almost none. This chapter turned out to be almost completely useless. She speaks briefly on each of three breeds speaking only of the purebreds and then proceeds to simply copy and paste the proper breed standards of The International Goat Associations. At the end of the chapter I know nothing about the breeds of goats except that the standard circumference of a 1 year old boer's testes should be 10", the body should be ideally white but 20% spotting is permitted... OK, if I want to show goats that's great, but I'm interested in raising meat goats FOR PROFIT. Does anyone know where I could find a book on that subject? I'm looking for goats that will do the best in a highly forested situation, which breed is ideal? Which goats perform best in heat/cold?... That would be some useful information. Oh but at the end of the chapter that she copy and pasted and that anyone could get for themselves for free on the internet Gail says " Many people ask me which breed of goat they should buy when they start their meat herd. My answer is always the same: What do you want to do with your meat goats? What breed of goat you raise depends on where you live, what you like, what you are going to feed, and what is available to you in your area." Seriously! That's why I bought your overpriced book to answer those questions! Why would you write a book and not answer the most common questions you get on the subject?Read more ›
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Woodey 2 on June 12, 2001
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This one is a keeper. The book is easy to read and understand. It was a joy to read. I am new to the goat business, but I feel that it will be very helpful when I go to pick out my first meat goat later this month (June 2001). Right now I am building fence with the help of my husband. I have learned how to house them, feed them and care for them. I may be even able to get my first sets of kids sometime in November. :o) Can't wait.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 2002
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The book is wonderful, informative, up to date, practical, the list goes on and on. I highly recommend it to anyone with goats. Gail Bowman writes in an easy to read format. I can't say enough about the great quality of this book. Buy it, really, you won't be sorry.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2001
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This is the best book that I have found for goat husbandry! The advise is sound, the book is easy to read and it covers most questions about how to raise goats, from how to feed them, breed them and house them to how to raise and sell the kids. Up to date, and enjoyable. A must have for any livestock library!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Schwalm on November 16, 2006
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My husband & I bought this book as a reference a year ago as we were researching on how we could "raise meat goats for profit." The book was very helpful in explaining everything we needed to consider as we began our farm. This book is excellent and I just want to remind folks buying it take Ms. Bowman's advice and do the research into what will work for you in your particular geographical area. Raising meat goats outside of the Southwest seems to be a recent phenomenon and northern regions have different vegetations to consider. If we had not followed that advice, we could have easily over bought hay and supplements if we hadn't had our local extension office come out and analyze our grazing areas and hay fields. This could potentially save you hundreds of dollars. My only criticism of this book is that it does not address miscarriage/aborted pregnancies and how to treat the nanny after.
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