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How to Raise Goats

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I found this book interesting. We are considering getting a goat or two and I found this book to be informative in what it takes to care for the animal and if it would be the kind of animal right for our family. I will say I could not put certain practices in use because of not having a goat but I found it to be helpful as a pre-purchase.
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I'm confident I could raise goats!! Okay well still don't have the space but this book definitely has a good amount of helpful knowledge! Now I just need a bigger yard!!
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Who doesn’t want a pet who has “the friendliness of dogs with the intelligence of cats”? In How to Raise Goats, current and future goat owners will find answers to all their goat-related questions.

From how to select your breed to showing your goat, this book has something for every goat enthusiast. The goat breeds are separated by goal. There are dairy, fiber, and meat goats. Some, especially wethers or castrated males, make good pets. You can train goats with commands of stop, come, and up like dogs. Plus goats love to play and can run obstacle courses in your yard.

Some of the negatives of goat care are dealing with horns in a humane way. The description of disbudding, or burning them off, was intense to read so I can’t imagine doing it to my pet. Even the author states that “neutering isn’t a pleasant task”, which seems like an understatement. Hopefully, culling only applies to goat farms and not pets.

In How to Raise Goats, the author is great at explaining how to save money while raising goats by using your Do-It-Yourself skills. It also has a section on how to kill meat goats for various religious holidays, how to sell the hair from fiber goats, and how to store goat milk. There is an extensive section on how to prevent disease and how to treat any illnesses that occur. If you want to start a goat farm, this book should be on your bookcase. 4 stars!

Thanks to Voyageur Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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You're all in one, information-packed guide to how to raise goats. There isn't much more I can say than that. This book has it all.
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Solid information! Great if you are just looking for info on a pet or if you have larger ambitions. If you are squeamish, might want to skip a few of the "health" sections. 

*Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the free copy of this e-book in exchange for my honest review.
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How to Raise Goats is the third edition of the FFA guide first published in 2009. Reformatted and updated, this edition is due to be released 11th June 2019 by Quarto on their Voyageur imprint. It's 224 pages and will be available in paperback format.

The FFA textbooks and guides have always been high quality and sensibly written in my opinion. I've reviewed a number of them previously on my blog. Between them and the Storey's publications, folks wanting to increase their food security and self sufficiency have a rich selection of good guidance at their fingertips.

Smallholders and suburban landowners are more aware than ever of goats as a possible small stock animal and intelligent, feisty, and fun pets. Their small stature and generally agreeable nature make them a natural choice for smaller plots of land as well as being less challenging to move and interact with than larger meat and dairy animals.

This guide is written sensibly and accessibly with good clear explanations and realistic descriptions of expectations and challenges in modern goat husbandry. The introductory chapter (20% of the page content) covers the anatomy and some breed information. There's a good subchapter on goat societies and registries slanted toward the reader in North America. Sidebars include points of interest such as coat patterns and jargon differences between goats and sheep.

The following chapters give a good overview of choosing goats to fit the reader's purposes, preparing for and housing the animals, breeding and rearing kids for the dairy herd, troubleshooting problems and protecting the health of the herd, as well as living with goats. There's a short but very useful section on goats for fibre with good basic definitions of fibre breeds and classifications. This info gives a good basis for further reading.

There are several good appendices included covering a seasonal calendar list of tasks for the goatherd to manage, a fairly comprehensive list of suppliers and informational sources, with links (again slanted heavily toward the North American reader), and a glossary and index.

I don't imagine any single book can be ALL things to ALL readers, but this one is very very good.

Five stars.
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This is a very well laid out book and provides good information. I grew up on a farm with sheep and goats and am familiar with their care. It has a slightly odd relationship with veterinarians and does recommend a few procedures that should not be learned from a book, such as disbudding, that can kill the animal if done incorrectly. It suggests that finding a vet is critical but also lists every bad thing that any friend has ever told her about a vet, which is not exactly helpful, as I said, odd. I would also have added information to the kidding section about emergencies requires caesarian sections which are oddly missing from the whole book. Finally, I would be hesitant to trust dosing on drugs without further references provided.
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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  			
From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.			

Whether you want to raise a dairy barn full of milkers, meat goats for market, a herd of Angoras for mohair fiber, or a few Pygmies as pets, this is the book for you. 

Goats are more popular than ever. The expert, hands-on advice in this new edition of Voyageur Press's best-selling goat manual makes it easy to get started. Providing information on the latest developments in husbandry, housing, and nutrition, veteran goat farmer Carol Amundson also describes the breeds popular in the United States and Canada and explains all the helpful dos and don’ts. You’ll find information about traveling with goats, marketing, treating illness, and more, including a glossary of caprine terms, tables and charts for easy reference, and a list of breed associations. Illustrated in full color and licensed by the Future Farmers of America, this guidebook is an indispensable resource for those who want to raise their very own goats.
Easy-to-follow tips help you to:
Choose the right breed for your needs
Evaluate and purchase goatsHouse and feed your herd
Keep your herd healthy
Breed goats and birth kids
Market goats and their products

Reviewed and approved by Dr. Clint Rusk (Purdue University Associate Professor in the Youth Development and Agriculture Education Department), this book will give you the tools you need to succeed in this challenging but rewarding venture.

I have been to goat yoga and I love the little ones but am pretty sure that if I brought a goat into this apartment that I would be murdered ... by my cats. But I do know some homesteaders who would love this book - it makes sense and is easily read. The suggestions and guidelines are clear and concise and if you want to raise goats, this looks like the book to buy and read.

As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by Millenials on Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐
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