There is no one-size-fits-all approach to raising goats (or any livestock for that matter). But by working with nature, you can raise dairy goats as the centerpiece of a diversified homestead and produce your own milk, cheese, meat, fertilizer, leather, fiber and soap — all without relying on drugs or following the factory-farm model. By observing your own animals closely and educating yourself about their specific needs, you can create an individualized plan for keeping them healthy and maximizing their productivity. This unique, fully-illustrated guide will teach you to help your herd thrive with:
- breed-specific descriptions to help you choose the right goats for your goals and lifestyle
- detailed information on housing, fencing, breeding, health, milking and nutrition
- recipes and instructions for making your own cheese, dairy products, and soap, as well as cooking with goat meat.
Packed with personal experiences backed up by expert veterinary advice and scientific studies, Raising Goats Naturally brings together a wealth of practical information on raising goats for the love of it and using their milk and meat to become more self-reliant.
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I found Deborah's book very early on in my goat "career" and have been absolutely delighted with it. In addition to buying the 2nd Edition as soon as it came out, I send a copy of her book with the buyers of my kids. Whenever practical, I give it to them ahead of time for a head start.
She is very up-to-date on information and is constantly researching for new information, never relying on "old ways" of caring for goats but learning the best ways.
Deborah has always been my "go-to" for information. If other information conflicts with hers, I use hers every time. I am grateful, and so are my goats, that I discovered her. She has my ultimate respect for all things goat-related.
I bought this book a while ago, and I can’t put it down! It’s so full of good, practical information and so many topics relating to goats! Wether it’s diet, shelter, diseases, cheese making, etc etc, this book has it. It’s a great, easy to digest book for beginner goat keepers, as well as an excellent resource to reference no matter how long you’ve kept goats.