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Raising Goats Naturally: The Complete Guide to Milk, Meat and More Paperback – October 1, 2013

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Editorial Reviews


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

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ New Society Publishers (October 1, 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0865717451
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0865717459
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.28 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.25 x 0.58 x 9 inches
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