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As pets or livestock, goats are increasingly popular animals on farms large and small. Easier and cheaper to keep than many larger animals, they will keep a pony company, pull a cart, and produce the perfect milk for many artisan cheeses or meat for some of the most up-and-coming ethnic cuisines. For anyone thinking of acquiring a goat or starting a herd--for whatever reason--this book is an essential resource. Written by an authority on goat breeding and behavior, this approachable guide covers every component of raising goats for fun or profit, meat or milk. Beginning with the basics--history and behavior, types and breeds--Carol Amundson answers all of a prospective owners questions about getting a goat, from land requirements and regulations to choosing or assessing particular animals or breeds. In a clear and engaging way, she goes into the details of housing and feeding, breeding and milking, training and showing, transporting and marketing goats of all kinds--as well as the dos and donts of keeping them healthy from birth to old age. Concise, complete, and easy-to-use, this is a reference that no goat owner should be without.
About the Author
Carol Amundson is the former editor of the Minnesota Dairy Goat Association newsletter, the Gopher Goat Gossip. Her articles have appeared in the Goat Magazine and the United Caprine News. She has been raising goats since 1989 on a farm near Scandia, Minnesota, with her husband and daughter. (www.frontiernet.net/~terrapin.acres)
... this book is a wonderful introduction to the art/science of goat raising.This beautifully illustrated book touches on just about every issue you might worry about when considering entering our mysterious “caprine world…I think this is a wonderful book for anyone who is wondering if they are up to the challenge of keeping a goat herd. But its added strength is in its list of resources for in-depth research. Published by Voyageur Press, this book will reach the mainstream press and guide interested people to find more detailed information along their journey.
-- Ruminations, Summer 2009
…a no-nonsense, how-to manual that lives up to its title.Full color photography and straightforward text accessible to readers of all backgrounds make How to Raise Goats an absolute “must-have” for anyone considering goat ownership.