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Raising Goats For Dummies Paperback – February 19, 2010
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Realize the joy and benefits of raising and caring for goats
Interest in raising goats is on the increase as people become more concerned about where their food comes from, what is in it, and how it is produced. Goats have become more than just a source for food they make great companions and helpers, too. This helpful and friendly guide introduces you to all aspects of owning and caring for goats so that you, too, can benefit from raising these popular animals.
Goats 101 get the basics on goat breeds, goat terminology, goat behavior, and choosing the best type of goat to suit your needs
Bring your goats home learn how to purchase goats, prepare to transport them home, and get the gear you need to care for them
Goat health and breeding get the lowdown on what you need to keep your goats healthy, from testing and immunizations to common goat health problems
Live self-sufficiently and make money from your goats learn about working in partnership with your goats to provide sustenance for your family and to make money from milk or meat
Open the book and find:
The benefits of owning goats as companions or helpers
What to expect from your goats
Tips for keeping your goats safe and healthy
A rundown of goat breeding, pregnancy, and kidding
How to get your property ready for a goat
An explanation of diseases to watch for
Tips for constructing a simple shelter
What and how to feed your goat
Training techniques to keep your herd in order
About the Author
Cheryl K. Smith has raised a small herd of dairy goats under the herd name Mystic Acres since 1998. She published Ruminations: The Nigerian Dwarf and Mini Dairy Goat magazine and Goat Health Care. She writes a blog (ruminationsongoats.blogspot.com) and is an expert on goats at allexperts.com.
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I was looking for something which was devoted to pymies, and this work addressed them very briefly. I wish that they had a chapter which outlined the pros/cons of a novice breeder getting pygmies.
Overall easy to read and follow in a light tone which makes it entertaining.
Cons: Doesn't get into too much detail about goat aliments.
Overall this is an excellent book for the beginner goat raiser. It has enough detail to understand the basics of raising goats and can get anyone started off to a good start with the basic knowledge it provides.
There are also a bunch of plans and instructions in here for building goat things, as well as recipes for goat meat and goat milk. Very interesting tid bits I was not expecting when I ordered it.