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, produce the perfect milk for artisan cheeses, and meat for some of the most up-and-coming ethnic cuisines. For anyone thinking of acquiring a goat or starting a herd this is an essential book.Written by an authority on goat breeding and behaviour, this approachable guide covers every component of raising goats for fun and profit, meat and milk. Beginning with the basics of history, behaviour, breeds and types, Amundson answers all of a prospective owner's questions about getting a goat, form land requirements to choosing and assessing particular animals or breeds. In a clear, engaging way she details the housing, feeding, breeding, milking, training, showing, transport and marketing of goats of all kinds, plus the do's and don'ts of keeping them healthy from kid to old age. Concise, complete and easy-to-use, this is a reference that no goat owner should be without.
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... 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."--Midwest Book Review, April, 2009 "
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Carol Amundson has been raising goats since 1989 on her Minnesota farm, and is editor of the Minnesota Dairy Goat Association, and writes regular articles for goat magazines and websites.