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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 Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats. Belanger is editor and publisher of Countryside & Small Stock Journal, and lives in Waterloo, Wisconsin, with his wife Diane.

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Product Details

  • Series: Storey's Guide to Raising
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 4 edition (December 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603425802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603425803
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have recently become a goat-owner and this book has been indispensable for me. I refer to it over and over, far more often than any other book I own on dairy goats and believe me, I did my research and am the proud owner of several goat books now. I really like Jerry's down-to-earth methods and his attitude about goats. I became much less "afraid" of starting on this journey after reading this book. The "barn calendar" at the end (to-do list for each month of the year) is GREAT!
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Written by veteran goat raiser Jerry Belanger and licensed cheesemaker Sara Thomson Bredesen, Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats is now in a newly revised fourth edition, enhanced with updated information on diagnosing and treating diseases, expanded coverage on breeding, tips on pygmy goat breeds, more material on milking and cheesemaking, and an expanded resource section. Raising Dairy Goats lives up to its title with practical, no-nonsense basics on all dimensions of goat care, and is an absolute "must-have" for anyone considering a dairy goat of their own. "If you can't or won't want to milk at 12-hour intervals, even when you're tired or under the weather, or if the thought of staying home weekends and vacations depresses you and you can't count on the help of a friend or neighbor, then don't even consider raising goats." Also highly recommended is the revised and updated second edition of "Storey's Guide to Raising Meat Goats" by farmer and animal husbandry expert Maggie Sayer.
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I have read several magazines and books about dairy goats prior to us actually buying the goats and this book has been by far the most detailed yet with a very easy reading style. The authors have a great knowledge of the subject based on what I have read previously and this will be a book we keep close at hand when we actually start the dairy. I have highlighted so much in the book it has earned its place as a key reference book.
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This is truly an excellent book. I have at least 10 goat books and this one is an easy read and full of great information. If you're interested in goats, you can't go wrong with this updated edition. Very practical but also interesting.
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If you have no personal experience, this resource is likely the best on the market for those buying between one and one hundred goats. If buying more, consult your psychiatrist, spiritual adviser, and tax attorney first. :-D
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Clearly written by people who have and love goats, this book contains everything you need to know to get started. Easy to understand and chock full of helpful recipes, hints, resources, step-by-step outlines and templates, it will give you the insider's look at what's really involved in raising these multi-purpose and valuable animals. I would strongly recommend this to anyone considering (or even day dreaming about) getting your own goats.
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Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats is a must for any novice or new hobby farmer interested in raising dairy goats. Thanks to the information we learned in this book, we were able to develop housing, pastures and learn what we need for milking prior to getting two Nigerian Dwarf Dairy doe kids. Very informational and highly recommended!
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I love the "Storey's Guide to Raising..." books. They are just packed with great information. I'm getting ready to start my backyard ranch and these books will be indispensable. I'll list all of the chapter headings for each of the books I got to give you an idea of the information you'll be getting. Here's the list for Dairy Goats:
Basic Information About Goats
All About Goat Milk
Getting Your Goat
Housing Your Goats
Fencing
Feeding
Grooming
Health
The Buck
Breeding
Kidding
Raising Kids
Milking
Keeping Records
Chevon
Dairy Products
Recipes for Goat Products

This book also contains Resources, a Glossary, and an Index.

Like I said, packed with great information.
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