Raising Goats Naturally: The Complete Guide to Milk, Meat and More Paperback – October 1, 2013
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---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
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.
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #362,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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! Tons of recipes that are easy to follow and delicious.
Even though this was NOT the complete guide in my mind, it had tons of helpful information and goat stories. For most people doing backyard goats or small herds this is the ideal book for you. If you are thinking of being a commercial dairy or meat production, this is not the best book to buy.
By cmp on April 7, 2021
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