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Posted December 31, 2009
I had read their previous book and was hoping for another like it, that they would write a diary of their first years of goatkeeping. What I got was another newbie thinking because they did something a year or so they knew enough to write a book about it. I just can't understand why city folks who move to the country do this sort of thing? Do they really think they know enough to guide another new person through the pitfalls of new goat ownership? Talk about blind leading the blind. I do confess this is a beautiful book, well laid out, beautiful photography, printing and binding. However, it is not one I'd recommend for anything more than a coffee table edition. And I find one photograph especially disturbing that illustrates my concern about new comers to goats using this book. On pages 172-173 there is a photograph of a small child identified as their daughter. She looks to be about 3 or so and has a 3 month old kid on a leash. The kid is horned and the horns are just starting to turn out. The horns also just happen to be right at eye level of the child. I cannot believe any experienced goat person would be so stupid as to put a small child in danger of losing an eye by allowing them in close proximity with a horned animal. Livestock, no matter the size, as the potential to be dangerous and horned livestock are especially so. That is why most serious goatkeepers dehorn their stock. Because horns are just asking for trouble. I cringe every time I see this picture and it serves perfectly to illustrate the naivete of new comers to keeping livestock. Like the person who raises a Jersey bull calf insisting it will never become mean because it was raised with love. It is an accident waiting to happen. My advice...if you buy this book enjoy it for the photography and for a chuckle about their experiences with their first year of goats. But if you are seeking advice for starting out in goatkeeping, seek out someone with more than a year or two experience for your mentor and not this book.
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Posted June 25, 2012
I disagree with some of the other reviews here about this book. My family is new to goats and this was the first book that I read about goat keeping. While I agree, it is not the end-all-be-all of goat keeping, I found it very information and insightful. Yes, there are other more detailed books on goat keeping, but they rarely contain anything entertaining and don't hold your attention as well. As for the previous comments about the horns, don't take just one person's opinion. The U.S. is one of the only countries in the world that pushes for removing horns and that is only on the dairy breeds. I agree that people should becareful with their children and livestock, but I think that goes without saying. Anyway, all in all, I have really enjoyed this book and would recommend it as an inspirational source with a fair amount of good information to start learning.
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Posted October 27, 2009
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