This is the true story about a family that left the convenience of town living to embark on an adventure in the English countryside. They bought a run down four-acre smallholding and neglected cottage in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on top of the North Downs in Kent.It is the story of the ups and downs of family life, including their own children, their foster children and their aged relations. It describes the early difficulties of living in and renovating the cottage and the hardships of harsh winters.They had the companionship of their Border Collies, Sheba, Miffy and Sam, and later on their beloved Golden Lurcher, Tess.Sheep, goats, pigs and chickens were part of their new life, prompting the learning of animal husbandry. Read about Chirrup the orphan thrush, Nellie and Gertie, the escapist pigs, fluffy white goat kids and Jacob, the lamb who went to work in a handbag.It tells how they looked after the land and rejoiced in their surroundings.Finally they made an outstandingly beautiful garden, opening to the public under the National Garden Scheme. This helped to raise funds for the charities the scheme supported.This book is illustrated with more than thirty colour photographs for viewing on a compatible device.The full set of colour photos can also be viewed on the author's website.
Premier's ElectroFence is effective at keeping in sheep, goats, guard dogs and cattle while keeping out deer, coyotes and bear. It has 11 highly visible white and black horizontals that are spaced from bottom to top at 4", 4", 4", 4", 4', 4", 6", 6", 6", 6". Heavy white plastic vertical struts placed every 12" helps reduce fence sagging. Posts are .75" PVC with an 8" single metal spike that goes into the ground. Posts are woven into the fence and spaced every 12.5'. Fence is 48" tall. Fence uses a tinned copper conductor in conjunction with stainless steel conductor strands making it 10 times more conductive than fences with only stainless steel conductors. ElectroFence has 38 ohms of electrical resistance every 1,000' of fence versus 380 ohms of resistance every 1,000' on fences with only stainless steel conductors. FENCE MUST BE PROPERLY ENERGIZED TO BE EFFECTIVE. Energizer is not included. Recommend approximately .25 joule of energizer per roll of fence. Use only low or wide impedance intermittent pulse energizers. Warning! Do NOT use continuous current energizers with electric netting. (Fi-Shock brand energizers which are sold as low impedance, continuous current output should NOT be used with electric nettng.) For optimum results, we recommend using a Premier Solar or AC/DC energizer that fits your specific needs. Premier's energizers are found on Amazon. We recommend using non-conductive support posts at the ends and corners, such as Premier's 48" FiberTuff posts (Item 208055) found on Amazon. Multiple rolls of netting may be connected together.
Goats have been domesticated for thousands of years. Goats are really gentle and quite cute! They make wonderful pets and can be really rewarding farm animals, too. Children usually love goats. Some goats are reared for milk and/or meat whilst others keep goats for fibre and fabric production. You may want to utilise these products for your family or even convert this hobby into a commercial venture. Some people keep goats simply as pets. Whatever your reasons for rearing goats are, it is important to understand when you are bringing home a pet goat that this animal needs special care and attention. If you are planning to bring a goat home, you must invest a lot of time doing your homework and research about this animal to make sure that you can take on this responsibility before you make a commitment. This book covers all the subjects including which goats are best as pets, choosing your goats, how to take care of goats, how to feed them and how to ensure that they are always healthy. It is perfect for a first time goat owner. Topics covered in this book: - History - Raising goats for dairy - Raising goats for meat - Raising goats for fibre and fabric - Raising goats for fun - Best goats as pets - Making a home for goats - Housing - Goat care - Interacting - Transport - Health .... and much more
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...
KEEPING LIVESTOCK HEALTHY is one of the recognized classics in its field. Small Farmer's Journal called it "a major contribution to available farm veterinary literature." Modern Veterinary Practice wrote: ". . . highly recommended to all livestock owners." And Farmstead Magazine said, "So admirably organized and indexed that its information is instantly available." Now completely revised and updated, this fourth edition draws on the very latest research from experts on each of the five animals covered - horses, cattle, pigs, goats, and sheep. It presents new information on vaccines, artificial insemination, ultrasonography, disease testing, drug treatments, and diseases such as Lyme disease, Potomac fever, bluetongue, foot-and-mouth disease, and mad cow disease. This complete reference on livestock health is an invaluable guide to preventing disease through good nutrition, proper housing, and appropriate care.
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.
Keeping Livestock Healthy: A Comprehensive Veterinary Guide to Preventing and Identifying Disease in Horses, Cattle, Swine, Goats & Sheep, 4th Edition
Offering expert advice on nutrition, proper housing, and routine maintenance, Keeping Livestock Healthy covers all the everyday medical care your horses, cattle, pigs, goats, and sheep are likely to require. From vaccines and artificial insemination to detecting and treating Lyme disease, Potomac fever, and bluetongue, you’ll find everything you need to know to keep your animals healthy and thriving. Stressing preventative methods wherever possible, N. Bruce Haynes helps you reduce veterinary costs, increase your self-sufficiency, and boost the productivity of your livestock operation.
This bright, glossy hardcover book is likely to attract any newcomer to "The Art of Good Husbandry and Daily Care in Keeping these Lovely and Challenging Creatures". when they are browsing the shelves for information on the subject. Author Valarie Hitch clearly intends her book to be read before obtaining one or more goats and, with hindsight, many owners would have wished for such a goodie before aquiring theirs. This is an interesting read aimed primarily at the would-be 'pet' goat keeper and, as such, should find a place on many book shelves for it is a good general introduction and is clearly written with the best interests of these animals at heart. A nmix between simplicity and ocmplexity it offers a useful guide for parent and child inthusiasts who might wish to add goat keeping to family interests, and for breeders with the potential sale of an animal, this little volume might usefully accompany the purchase to its new home. --Krya Somerfield, The British Goat Society Monthly Journal November 2009.
The Indispensable Goat - With Information on Breeds, Housing, Milking and Other Aspects of Keeping Goats
This early work on goat keeping is both expensive and hard to find in its first edition. It contains details on the methods of selection, housing, breeding and other aspects of goat management. This is a fascinating work and is thoroughly recommended for anyone interested in the techniques of keeping livestock. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
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.
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.
This early work is a fascinating read for any goat enthusiast or historian of the breed, but also contains much information that is still useful and practical for the amateur or professional goat farmer today. Contents Include: How Goats are Kept; Choosing a Goat; Feeding the Milking Goat; The Kids; Milk; Health; List of Books; and Index. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s 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.
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.
Goats are easy to care for and a low-investment choice for anyone wishing to live out rural dreams or add to an existing stable. The Joy of Keeping Goats offers practical advice, clear guidelines, and wonderful anecdotes from author and self-sustainer Laura Childs. In her book, she walks readers step-by-step through important information on breeds, feeding requirements, how to make cheese, and much more. With gorgeous color photographs, The Joy of Keeping Goats clearly illustrates what an easy and rewarding experience raising goats can be.
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.