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Storey's Guide to Raising Meat Goats, 2nd Edition: Managing, Breeding, Marketing Paperback – December 3, 2010
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About the Author
Maggie Sayer has written numerous articles on animal raising and husbandry. Her Boer goats and dozens of rescued animals share the farm with Sayer and her husband in the Ozark region of Arkansas, where goat production has taken sustainable agriculture by storm.
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Top Customer Reviews
The various breed descriptions were brief and not very detailed, with exception of the boer breed description. That's another weakness of the book -- it's almost entirely centered around the boer breed with nearly all of the "Producer Profiles" focused on boer producers. I know the boer is the major meat breed, but I would have liked to see more discussion across the breeds.
Finally, the Kindle version of this book is poorly formatted (if formatted at all). There seemed to be no alteration from the paper version of the book to accommodate the unique features of e-readers. Sidebars, photos, captions, and footnotes are lumped-in indiscriminately, making it confusing and redundant to read.
Ultimately I was left feeling that I could have learned just as much reading free online articles, blog posts, and message boards.
The chapter titled "Think Like a Goat" is my favorite because I like to train animals. This chapter very thoroughly explains how to establish dominance over goats, which is the most important step in training any animal. It also explains behavior that humans should avoid when working with goats.
But beware potential buyers who are looking for detailed instructions on training goats for pack/draft work. My fellow Customer Reviewer Sandra K. Miller says this book has an "overwhelming amount of information on clicker training and breaking goats to drive a cart". In my opinion that is a significantly inaccurate review. This book only gives a fairly brief overview of those subjects. I was therefore disappointed because I actually wanted a book with an "overwhelming amount" of info on those subjects.
I am NOT knocking the book over that, because the official book description does not claim to provide that info. I'm just warning potential buyers to take one of the negative reviews here with a grain of salt.
The bottom line, this book provides exactly what its description says it will: it thoroughly explains the basics of selecting a breed and buying goats. It also explains how to raise healthy goats, how goats think and how to properly handle, house, and transport them. And it's an excellent resource for basic health care, preventing disease, addressing common ailments, and breeding safely. In my opinion it is a 5-star book on those topics.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We use this book all the time. We are new to raising goat and this book sure has been helpful.Published 6 months ago by HSMOM05
This was a very very good guide for us as new Boer Goat farmers. Storey's guides are always full of useful reliable information.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer