Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats: Breeds, Care, Dairying Paperback – January 8, 2001
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From the Back Cover
This indispensable, fully illustrated guide provides the very latest practical information for dairy goat owners. All of the essentials are covered here, including:
Individual breeds - Feeding and housing - Health care and disease prevention
Breeding and kidding - Milking and dairying
"We receive many request from novice goat owners wanting caprine information. This book will give answers and help people get started. It can also be used by established goat owners wanting a reference in an easy-to-read format. We will certainly recommend this book as a great reference about goats." - John D. Howland, American Goat Society, Inc.
About the Author
The guidance of goat raiser and author Jerry Belanger has been indispensible to new goat owners for many years, for he has been raising goats since the 1950's. He has written many books including Country Living, Homesteader's Handbook to Raising Small Livestock, Raising the Homestead Hog, and Storey's Raising Milk Goats the Modern Way. Jerry is editor and publisher of Countryside & Small Stock Journal, and lives in Waterloo, Wisconsin, with his wife Diane.
- Publisher : Storey Publishing, LLC; Later Printing edition (January 8, 2001)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1580172598
- ISBN-13 : 978-1580172592
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.06 x 0.74 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,072,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I read the reviews below, and this looked like a good place to start. I can agree with much of what has been said by earlier reviewers, but still found this book to be worth the price and time to read. Yeah, it's not exhaustive - but I wasn't looking for the only reference on goats I'd ever need. It is directed towards dairy, rather than meat, and the information on handling milk and arranging work areas was useful. There was some discussion of the business aspects of dairy goats. A profitable business can require some hard decisions and callouse handling of livestock. These may not be some of the more pleasant aspects of raising livestock, but the author did not devote a tremendous amount of print to that aspect.
If you haven't raised goats and think there may be some possibilities, this is a good place to start.
The book covers the following topics: Basic Information About Goats; Milk; Getting Your Goat; Housing; Fencing; Feeding; Grooming; Health; The Buck; Breeding; Kidding; Raising Kids; Milking; Keeping Records; Chevon; Dairy Products; and Recipes for Goat Products. It has an thorough appendix, a good glossary, and an extensive index.
All in all I highly recommend this book for someone considering purchasing dairy goats, as well as those who already have goats and want a good reference book to which they can refer as needed. Don't hesitate, buy it!
So in essence, good info, but some parts will seem harsh, cold and difficult to stomach if you approach goat ownership from a pet-owners stand point.
* - my addition of the exclamation mark = my astonishment at JD's insensitivity.