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.
This book deals with all aspects of goat culture, from breeding to feeding, together with the care and treatment of the milk and the making of butter and cheese. The author is well known for her writings and broadcast on the subject, for she draws from a thorough practical knowledge and a lifetime's experience. Contents Include : Why Not Keep a Goat? Breeds and Strains How to Choose a Goat Housing The Use and Abuse of Pasture Feeding Breeding The In-Kid Nanny Kid Rearing Male Goats General Management Milking, and The Care of Milk Butter and Cheese From Goats' Milk How To Treat a Sick Goat What Doctors Say About Goats' Milk
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.
Living off the Land: Essential Guide To Organic Living: Packed Witih Information On Keeping Poultry, Waterfowl, Pigs, Goats, Bees And Allotments
An informative manual on how to produce food from your own backyard, whatever its size.
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.
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.
Pygmy Goats as Pets. Pygmy Goats, Mini Goats or Dwarf Goats: Facts and Information. Raising, Breeding, Keeping, Milking, Food, Care, Health and Where
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, milking, 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 on fences with only stainless steel conductors. Acceptable levels of electric conductivity on the fence can be difficult when low soil moisture conditions are present. If dry soil conditions occur frequently, a Pos/Neg (P/N) version of netting fence is strongly advised. 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.
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.
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.