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Living with Goats: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Herd Hardcover – October 1, 2009
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Praise for The Year of the Goat:
Reading Margaret and Karl’s delightful journey reminded me of the ideals that brought many of us at Moosewood together over thirty years ago. Margaret Hathaway’s spirited storytelling and off-beat humor not only reawakened my own memories of adventurous times, but revealed that the dream to go “back to the land” to lead a simpler life is alive and flourishing. And boy did I learn a lot about goats and cheese! --Wynnie Stein, co-owner/author, Moosewood Restaurant
“Back-to-the-land fantasies aren’t new, but Hathaway gives theirs a modern twist by emphasizing “terroir,” the idea that “food is rooted in the land,” and of connecting “the palate to the place.” Local-eating, slow-food activists will find much to chew on here.”
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In Living with Goats, author Margaret Hathaway and photographer Karl Schatz show and tell everything you need to know about raising goats. With the same lively prose and charming color photos that marked their widely praised memoir, The Year of the Goat, they address a wide range of topicsincluding breed characteristics, raising goats for milk or meat, shelter requirements, how to prevent injury and illness, and goats as pets.
Replete with friendly advice, homespun wisdom, and entertaining anecdotes, Living with Goats offers reassurance of just how easy and rewarding it is to raise goats. Whether you’re an armchair farmer, a hobbyist, a do-it-yourselfer, or already a proud goat-owner, it is the ultimate guide to your own backyard herd.
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I was not disappointed in the least.
As a long time Urban Sustainable Living practitioner and descendant from three generations of Vermont Dairy Farmers, I found this book to be very helpful in my preparation for a small goat herd.
As with any new venture, I collect knowledge in person and from books prior to taking any practical action. Along with this book, I purchased Pygmy Goats Management and Veterinary Care by Lorrie Boldrick DVM (very thorough on treatment of health and disease) and Hobby Farms GOATS by Sue Weaver (decent introduction to goats).
If I were to distil my goat information library to just one bound resource, I would have to say (for my needs) that this hard bound volume by Margaret Hathaway would be the one...
The author is articulate, well written, hands on and presents thoroughly researched information in every chapter and on all of what I consider to be the most important subjects relevant to the soon to be, or new goat owner. I waited two years for my goats and have visited several breeders and goat superintendents at county fairs during that time. I referred to this book when I found information from goat folks to be in conflict and it certainly helped settle the issues and form my own opinions.
I found the referrals for more information and goat related equipment to be extremely valuable also... the Author's bare bones honesty relevant to mistakes and successes will be very valuable to those who have not yet taken the plunge with goats.
The importance of solid escape proof fencing, housing requirements and level of commitment by the goat herder are critical considerations and have been covered in this book with great clarity, presented in an entertaining way.
Money well spent for 198 pages of very beneficial information and a tip of the lens cap to Karl Schatz for the excellent photographic work!
Quality hard bound book... a good read and excellent resource no matter what breed of goat you are thinking about.
I could find no fault with any of the information presented in this book.