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Product details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (5 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470568992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470568996
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Realize the joy and benefits of raising and caring for goats

Interest in raising goats is on the increase as people become more concerned about where their food comes from, what is in it, and how it is produced. Goats have become more than just a source for food — they make great companions and helpers, too. This helpful and friendly guide introduces you to all aspects of owning and caring for goats so that you, too, can benefit from raising these popular animals.

  • Goats 101 — get the basics on goat breeds, goat terminology, goat behavior, and choosing the best type of goat to suit your needs

  • Bring your goats home — learn how to purchase goats, prepare to transport them home, and get the gear you need to care for them

  • Goat health and breeding — get the lowdown on what you need to keep your goats healthy, from testing and immunizations to common goat health problems

  • Live self–sufficiently and make money from your goats — learn about working in partnership with your goats to provide sustenance for your family and to make money from milk or meat

Open the book and find:

  • The benefits of owning goats as companions or helpers

  • What to expect from your goats

  • Tips for keeping your goats safe and healthy

  • A rundown of goat breeding, pregnancy, and kidding

  • How to get your property ready for a goat

  • An explanation of diseases to watch for

  • Tips for constructing a simple shelter

  • What and how to feed your goat

  • Training techniques to keep your herd in order

About the Author

Cheryl K. Smith has raised a small herd of dairy goats under the herd name Mystic Acres since 1998. She published Ruminations: The Nigerian Dwarf and Mini Dairy Goat magazine and Goat Health Care. She writes a blog (ruminationsongoats.blogspot.com) and is an expert on goats at allexperts.com.


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I am very pleased with this book - it is very easy to read, the relaxed, 'tell it like it is' style works well for me.It is very informative and tells you what you need to know. The author has packed a lot of information into this book.
I have one other goat book and have read loads on the net - this book compares very favourably and I would recommend it without hesitation.
If you are looking for very detailed, very technical stuff then maybe this isn't the book for you but if you are considering goat-keeping or are new to goat-keeping this book is excellent. I have 4 dwarf goats and very much a novice - learning each day & loving it.
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This is an excellent book if you are thinking of keeping Goats and are a complete beginner. It would also be an excellent book for those whom already own Goats.
It covers every thing that you should need to know and more. I would fully recommend it.
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As a novice which is getting the first pet goats soon I had read one other handbook first before reading this one. This book is very well structured as you can skip sections you do not need (like kidding etc.) But it gives a very good introduction what to do. - And what not to do. It has only illustrations not pictures but as a handbook giving constructive advice you probably have other books for that. (I.e. what breed of goat you want) It is written by an american lady and very easy to read although it does not go VERY deep into details. The american touch will make a few europeans laugh because we do not have any coyotes which could eat our tethered animals or many big airborne preditors (yet) which could threaten them. I would recommend this book as it clearly tells you how to go about things as a beginner wanting to know the basics.
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This book is excellent for anyone just starting out in the owning of goats. I thought I knew it all but this book proved I didn't.
An excellent book with very informative pictures and descriptions.
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excellent book.
well written and laid out in a good order.
a must for all goat owners of those considering to have these wonderful creatures
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Only 4 stars as very good information for new goat keepers or foster mums like me but not enough info re what their poo is like and scours! Which for the inexperienced can be a worry also a bit short on the feeding info having said that if they did one for lambs I would buy it so if anyone knows of a good one please let me know
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