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Longtime goat rancher Yvonne Zweede-Tucker draws on twenty years of hands-on experience to help you raise your own meat goats. Illustrated throughout with color photography, this instructive handbook includes advice about breeds, feeding, housing, safety, health, kidding, butchering, and selling product. Included is a glossary and a resources appendix. Essential reading for every meat goat owner
This handbook is a reference for goat keepers. Valuable to beginners and veteran keepers, it offers helpful information for enjoying the benefits of healthy, productive goats while minimizing costs and problems. The book contains information on the biology, origin and behavior of goats; their many uses; the breed characteristics and physical conformation (of dairy and meat types); buying and transporting tips; housing, fencing and other aspects of management; feed; estrus cycles and breeding; newborn care, udders and milk; horn removal, castration, hooves and foot care; diseases and health care; culling the herd; registering, showing and selling goats; and many other topics. Fully indexed, the work contains numerous photographs, charts and tables.
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.
It's all about back to basics: consumers are rejecting "consumption "and looking for more and more ways to reconnect with the earth, the community, and their food sources. Many people who have tried keeping chickens, toyed with turkeys, or even just fantasized about converting their quarter-acre suburban yard into a pasture has no doubt wondered: What about goats? I don't live on a farm--how do these lively, intelligent creatures fit into my life? "Get Your Goat," " "is a comprehensive, engaging way to answer all your questions about keeping goats, as backyard farm animal or even as a pet. "Get Your Goat "is a complete handbook for keeping all breeds of goats on smaller acreage. It includes essential information on the nuts and bolts of goat behavior; an extensive breed guide that teaches you how to make the best choice of breed for your lifestyle; fencing and housing; health and wellness; whether to raise goats for product (milk, meat, fiber) or for companionship; and more . . . written for the new goat keeper, with all the right questions in mind