This comprehensive guide to homesteading provides all the information you need to grow and preserve a sustainable harvest of grains and vegetables; raise animals for meat, eggs, and dairy; and keep honey bees for your sweeter days. With easy-to-follow instructions on canning, drying, and pickling, you’ll enjoy your backyard bounty all winter long.
Pat North was an experienced goat breeder when she wrote ‘All you ever wanted to know about goats’. Her wealth of experience is shown in this book but aimed at the novice goat keeper or someone who wants to know how to look after a goat as a pet.This is a book every goat-keeper should have in their library. This latest edited version has been completed by her son Charles Spring who knew she wanted to keep it up to date. He did this to reflect the changes in the goat-keeping world since publication of the previous edition in the 1980’s. He has managed to keep the original intent of this book whilst reflecting some of the changes in practice since its first publication.All of the original photographs and pictures so well drawn by people Pat North knew personally as friends are still in there. As are many of the humorous comments she added to try and make goat keeping fun as it should be, whilst still ensuring the best for the animals through her practical knowledge.
Hobby Farms Beef Cattle: Keeping a Small-Scale Herd for Pleasure and Profit, written by Ann Larkin Hansen, serves as an excellent introduction to raising cows for food or simply to graze while mowing and fertilizing the pasture. This colorful guide offers experienced hobby farmers and beginners all of the essential information necessary to purchase and maintain a small herd of beef cattle. While managing her own hobby farm in Wisconsin, Hansen shares her expertise in all things farm and has authored numerous books such as Making Hay, The Organic Farming Manual, and Finding Good Farmland. In this comprehensive book, Hansen corrals the hobby farmer into the world of cowboys and cowgirls: she begins, Beef cattle are as much at home on the hobby farm as they are on the range.” This colorful primer begins with the basics, from biological traits and breeds to behavior and life cycle, and describes exactly what’s required for a hobby farmer to maintain a herd of cattlethe four F’sfencing, feed, fields, and facilities. Given the expense involved in the purchase and maintenance of beef cattle, all hobby farmers will welcome Hansen’s sound and sensible advice on buying the right cattle, whether steer calves for meat or breeding stock for building up a herd. The buying chapter helps farmers focus on what to look for when selecting cattle; how cows, heifers, and bulls are priced; where to purchase; and how to get cattle to your farm. The feeding and nutrition of cattle is a complicated topic, and Hansen breaks it down into the three basic components that every keeper needs to understand: pasture, hay, and grain. With directness and clarity, she explains the ins and outs of grazing, selecting ideal foodstuffs, using salt and minerals, and maintaining good weight on the herd. The reader can rely on her expert advice to learn the fundamentals of handling cattle, including herding, loading, and transporting cattle, as well as keeping beef cattle healthy through preventive methods, vaccinations, parasite control and veterinary assistance. For hobby farmers planning to breed their livestock, Beef Cattle includes a chapter on pairing cows and heifers, the actual breeding, artificial insemination, the care of pregnant cows, calving, caring for the young, and weaning calves. The final chapter of the book Marketing and Processing Your Cattle” is geared toward hobby farmers looking to get beef processed, grade meat, and sell the final product. Sidebars of fun trivia, stories from farmers, and useful advice appear throughout the handbook. A glossary of over 100 terms; an appendix of health issues; a resource section of useful websites, books, and periodicals; and a detailed index complete the book.
CLICK HERE to download the chapter called "Legalizing Goats In Your City" from City GoatsTime Magazine calls author Jennie Grant the, "godmother of goat lovers."* Explains the how-to and benefits of keeping and raising milking goats on your city lot* Get a healthy source of milk, as well as a hobby that will change your life* Longtime urban goat keeper Jennie Grant is an experienced city goat farmer and Goat Justice activistJENNIE GRANT is your average 40-something mother with a bungalow in Seattle's leafy Madrona neighborhood, a happy middle-school child, a tolerant husband, and a pug named Eddie. She also happens to keep chickens and two milking goats, Snowflake and Eloise, and is regionally known as the passionate founder of the Goat Justice League.Since Grant began keeping milking goats several years ago, she has learned firsthand the remarkable benefits and beauty of keeping goats -- how much healthier and easier to maintain a yard with goats can be, the tolerance levels of neighbors, the health benefits of non-industrial foods, and how interacting with goats inspires a connection with nature. City Goats: The Goat Justice League's Guide to Urban Goat Keeping is her step-by-step guide to raising a pair of dairy goats in your urban or suburban backyard, from learning city zoning requirements and selecting goats to setting up your yard, building a goat shed, feeding and caring, kidding, and milking.Practical and at times comical (just like a goat!), connected both to nature and the city, and slightly rebellious -- City Goats: The Goat Justice League's Guide to Urban Goat Keeping is a book for gardeners, people committed to eating locally, and anyone who has ever pondered joining the backyard goat revolution.
In Raising Goats: Keeping Milk, Meat, Wool, and Pet Goats you’re going to find everything you need to get started when it comes to raising your own herd of goats. Whether you plan on having one goat or five hundred goats; whether you live on acres of land or have a small backyard, this guide has a ton of indispensible information for raising your own goats. This guide takes the beginner through the process of getting to know each breed of goat and its common purpose – whether you want to have a goat just as a pet, raise it for its milk, meat, or wool (fiber) we’re going to take you through the different breeds, explain their differences, and point you in the right direction depending on your very individual needs. Simply knowing which breeds are used for what is great and all but, actually purchasing a goat is a whole other ball game. That’s why we walk you through actually buying a goat. From scouting out different auctions and breeders we’ve got you covered. We will provide you with all the information you need to feel confident when it comes down to actually making your purchase. Once you actually have your goat on your land we’re guessing you’re actually going to want to know how to take care of your new ‘kid’ (that’s what they call baby goats dontchya know) so we’ve put together a great section on goat care. In it you’ll learn all about: What to feed your goat and why Proper fencing and housing for your goat All about goat accessories – collars, halters, and leads And more tips and tricks for optimal goat health Beyond that there are certain intricacies when it comes to raising goats for their different purposes which is why we’ve put together specific sections for each of a goats’ probable uses: raising it as a pet, or keeping them for their milk, meat, or fiber. And of course, if you want to duplicate your success, or get into the market of selling your goats we cover how to properly breed your goats too. As you can see, for the newbie goat herder we cover a lot of bases. You won’t be disappointed when you download Raising Goats, no matter what your goat keeping goals are!
When you are thinking about keeping goats you need to have some good knowledge about what to consider, before taking on this long-term commitment. This easy to read guide, gives you the basic information you need to know and what is likely to be involved. Preventative health care is essential for animals and especially for goats that are ruminants. The guide leads you through what a beginner needs to know to get started and to be successful at goat keeping.
This exciting collection of folklore tales specific to Yorkshire, contains tales of goblins, ghosts, fairies and devils. A great book for anybody interested in the captivating county folklore of the United Kingdom. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
From the large-rumped Karakul sheep to the wrinkled Fengjing pig, North America is home to an extraordinary array of livestock breeds. Increasingly, a rare breed renaissance celebrates heritage breeds for their contribution to biodiversity, adaptation to specific environments, curious appearance, or ability to produce singular meat, milk, or fiber. At the same time, people continue to need up-to-date information about the major domestic breeds. Finally, a single resource offers detailed information about both common and heritage breeds: "Storey's Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep, Goats, Cattle, and Pigs" by Carol Ekarius. This attractive, at-a-glance reference, written by one of America's foremost livestock experts, covers 194 of North America's most significant breeds of cattle, goats, sheep, and swine -- from the common Guernsey cow to the near-extinct Guinea hog. For each breed, Ekarius provides full-color photographs, a brief history, and details about the breed's unique qualities and quirks. Readers will enjoy reading about major breeds such as the iconic Holstein cow, and Icelandic sheep, as well as hundreds of lesser-known varieties, like the long-legged, ginger-colored Tamworth pig; the lilac-spotted Jacob Sheep; the deerlike San Clemente goat; and the powerful, droopy-eared Guzerat cow. Comprehensive, colorful, and captivating, this definitive, in-depth guide is informative enough to aid farmers in breed selection, but beautiful enough for fanciers to browse as a coffee- table book. "Storey's Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep, Goats, Cattle, and Pigs" will appeal to anyone interested in North American livestock -- small-scale farmers, conservationists, agricultural historians, gourmets, biodiversity champions, animal lovers, and anyone dreaming about crafting fibers from sheep and goats. This indispensable reference showcases North American livestock breeds for what they truly are: fascinating, stunning, and endlessly varied.
Pygmy Goats as Pets. Pygmy Goats, Mini Goats or Dwarf Goats: facts and information. Raising, breeding, keeping, food, care, health and where to buy all included.
Everything you need to know about Pygmy Goats as pets. This book is a must have guide for anybody passionate about Pygmy Goats, Mini Goats or Dwarf Goats. Facts and information. Raising, breeding, keeping, food, care, health and where to buy all included. The book is written in an easy to read and understandable style.In a straight forward, no nonsense fashion, Elliott Lang covers all aspects of keeping Pygmy Goats. The book is full of sound advice and answers to your questions.
A second edition of the beloved guide to farm animals.When the going gets tough, the tough . . . start raising their own food. In the first full-color guide of its kind, author and small farm owner Laura Childs reveals exactly what it takes to start raising your own animals, including chickens, geese, goats, sheep, pigs, and cows. Childs discusses what you can expect to harvest from your animals—from eggs to milk to meat to wool—based on her own real-life experiences. Whether you want to raise a few chickens for eggs alone, try your hand at a few goats with the intention of making your own cheese, or sustain your family and make some extra money from raising cows and selling beef, this is the book for you.Childs explains how to get started and everything you need to know about successfully raising each animal, including:• Comparison of breeds• Designing your farm strategy• Preparing a home for your livestock• What to feed your animals• Animal health• Breeding• Milking, laying eggs, and butcheringThis invaluable guide is the perfect first book for anyone interested in starting a backyard barnyard or a small farm—or simply dreaming about the idea.
Nubian Goats as Pets. Nubian Goats Facts and Information. Nubian Goats Care, Health, Milking, Keeping, Raising, Training, Play, Food, Costs and Where
Everything you need to know about nubian goats as pets. This book is a must have guide for anybody passionate about nubian goats. Care, health, milking, keeping, raising, training, play, food, costs and where to buy all included. The book is written in an easy to read and understandable style. In a straight forward, no nonsense fashion, Elliott Lang covers all aspects of keeping nubian goats. The book is full of sound advice and answers to your questions.
Learn to raise goats begin reaping the benefits of owning these fun and useful animals. Today, raising goats is a major part of human life (and survival) around the world and a movement that has had an increase in popularity among wealthy nations because of its correlation with popular consumer trends such as- back-to-basics lifestyle choices and the rejection of commercialism, preferences for organic food products, and the backlash against industrial agriculture. "Raising Goats For Dummies" provides you with an introduction to all aspects of owning, caring for, and the day-to-day benefits of raising goats. Breaks down the complicated process of choosing and purchasing the right goat breed to meet your needs and getting facilities for your goat set up. Provides in-depth information on proper grooming, handling, feeding, and milking Covers the basics of goat health and nutrition Offers tips and advice for using your goat to produce milk, meat, fiber, and more Understand what makes these useful and delightful creatures so popular and gain the knowledge and skills to properly care for and utilize their many offerings to humans.
The Backyard Goat: An Introductory Guide to Keeping and Enjoying Pet Goats, from Feeding and Housing to Making Your Own Cheese
Pulling carts around the farm or serving as loyal pack animals, goats are naturally hardworking and make for friendly companions. This straightforward guide teaches you how to choose, house, feed, train, and breed the best goats for your space and needs. Whether you want to churn out fresh dairy products, harvest soft cashmere for knitting, or keep goats as playful pets, The Backyard Goat makes it easy to enjoy the benefits of owning goats, with no experience necessary.
Keep all your Goat notes in one convenient place.This 118 page 8x10 journal provides sections for up to 12 goats, each one clearly labeled with places for information like: name, breed, identifying marks, age, illnesses, treatments, and many other useful items you will want to track. Each section also includes extra pages for notes, photos, and observations, making a fun and easy to use journal for your goat owning adventure! This journal will allow you to keep track of: •Names, breeds, colors/markings, dates acquired •Milk, Weight (gains and losses) •Best feeds, temperament •Quirks, illnesses, injuries, remedies •Notes, observations, anecdotes •Photos and illustrations, and much more. Please leave a review! Check out the other Kjasen Tracker Journals for all your animal recording needs.
Pygmy Goats. Pygmy Goats Pros and Cons, Daily Care, Milking, Health, Training and Costs. Pygmy Goats Complete Owner's Manual.
I love my pygmy goats. They make me laugh every day: their silly attitude, their “smile”, the great times we have when we practice their training.They are, in my opinion, seriously amusing animals. Not to mention the tasteful milk I enjoy from them.Thanks Lana, Morine, Seba and Georgie for giving me such a good time. I know, it is a bit silly isn’t it, thanking goats, but I just wanted to do it as they are wonderful animals.I hope you enjoy reading this book in which I explain my experience of bringing up pygmy goats.I believe I have covered everything you need to know about keeping your pygmy goat(s): how many best to buy, the pros and the cons, where to buy the, daily care, housing, food and treats, bonding, shopping list you need, milking, health, vaccinations, illnesses, play and enrichment, training ( that is really good fun), breeding, total costs, biology, how and a word about the law and insurance. Yes, it’s all covered in this book, and more...
The Dairy Goat Handbook explains everything goat keepers need to know about their animals, from the best ways to keep them healthy to methods for making delicious goat cheese.The Dairy Goat Handbook is a guidebook for those who would like to raise dairy goats - or dream of raising dairy goats and want to know how to begin and maintain a successful herd.There are other books on the business of keeping dairy goats, but none quite like this. Written by a dairy goat farmer, this guide combines a deep knowledge of the animals themselves with fifteen years of experience running a successful business. Fully illustrated with photographs of life on a working dairy farm the goats, the farm, the dairy equipment, and the cheese and milk this book explains as well as celebrates the life of a dairy goat farmer.The author, Ann Starbard, owns Crystal Brook Farm in Sterling, Massachusetts, where she and her husband raise dairy goats and make fresh goat cheese that they sell onsite, at farmers' markets, and at restaurants. Ann explains the details of raising goats and running a dairy in simple, clear, easy-to-understand language; this is a book for everyone interested in the business of raising dairy goats.
This concise volume, "The Health of Goats" contains information on the diagnosis and treatment of goat ailments. It is intended to illustrate aspects of goat health and serves as a guide for anyone wishing to obtain a general knowledge of the subject and understand the field in its historical context. Contents include: Ailments; Diseases; Health; Emergencies; Keeping Goats Healthy. This book contains classic material dating back to the 1900s and before. The content has been carefully selected for its interest and relevance to a modern audience. Each publication has been professionally curated and includes all details on the original source material and also includes a specially commissioned introduction on goat farming.