Living with Goats: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Herd

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In the newest addition to the successful “Living With” series, Hathaway and Schatz let readers in on everything they need to know about how to raise one – or twenty – goats in their own backyards. Readers will discover how to raise goats either for milk, meat, or companionship, and how to shelter and care for their pets depending on the breed (whether they’re eventually going to eat them or invite them into their family circle). Between the friendly advice, first-hand wisdom, and hilarious stories, Living With ...

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In the newest addition to the successful “Living With” series, Hathaway and Schatz let readers in on everything they need to know about how to raise one – or twenty – goats in their own backyards. Readers will discover how to raise goats either for milk, meat, or companionship, and how to shelter and care for their pets depending on the breed (whether they’re eventually going to eat them or invite them into their family circle). Between the friendly advice, first-hand wisdom, and hilarious stories, Living With Goats reassures readers that raising goats is a rewarding and sustainable endeavor well worth their while.

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Praise for The Year of the Goat:

Reading Margaret and Karl’s delightful journey reminded me of the ideals that brought many of us at Moosewood together over thirty years ago. Margaret Hathaway’s spirited storytelling and off-beat humor not only reawakened my own memories of adventurous times, but revealed that the dream to go “back to the land” to lead a simpler life is alive and flourishing. And boy did I learn a lot about goats and cheese! —Wynnie Stein, co-owner/author, Moosewood Restaurant

 

“Back-to-the-land fantasies aren’t new, but Hathaway gives theirs a modern twist by emphasizing “terroir,” the idea that “food is rooted in the land,” and of connecting “the palate to the place.” Local-eating, slow-food activists will find much to chew on here.”

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"Hathaway's descriptions of the various characters they meet - both human and goat - are funny and vivid. . . . This is a book for anyone who's ever imagined going back in time to a simpler life - or anyone who loves cheese." —Entertainment Weekly
 
"Hathaway pokes fun at her naive notions of rural life with a sly humor that nicely balances the naked earnestness of the endeavor. The details of animal husbandry and cheese production will intrigue those interested in foods origins, and many readers, particularly city dwellers, will also be captured by the personal story of a young couples unusually thoughtful efforts to build a meaningful life together." —Booklist

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  • ISBN-13: 9781599214924
  • Publisher: Lyons Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz live with their family on Ten Apple Farm, a homestead in southern Maine, where they raise dairy goats and poultry, tend a large garden and small orchard, make cheese, and give occasional workshops on basic homesteading skills. When not farming, Karl is the director of Aurora Photos, an international stock photography agency. The couple’s previous book, The Year of the Goat, is a memoir that chronicles their journey from their lives in New York City to their home on the farm. Visit Margaret and Karl at livingwithgoats.com.

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Ever thought of raising a goat (or two, or twenty)? If you already do, you’re not alone. This age-old practice is enjoying a renewed popularity, and for good reason. The goat is one of nature’s most incredibly versatile creatures. With proper care and attention, a goat can feed, clothe, and comfort you. It can thrive on one acre or one thousand and can adapt to virtually any climate. It can show you immense affection. Other times, it can be the most stubborn, mischievous, and maddening animal in the barnyard or cauliflower patch.

In Living with Goats, author Margaret Hathaway and photographer Karl Schatz show and tell everything you need to know about raising goats. With the same lively prose and charming color photos that marked their widely praised memoir,  The Year of the Goat, they address a wide range of topics—including breed characteristics, raising goats for milk or meat, shelter requirements, how to prevent injury and illness, and goats as pets.

Replete with friendly advice, homespun wisdom, and entertaining anecdotes, Living with Goats offers reassurance of just how easy and rewarding it is to raise goats. Whether you’re an armchair farmer, a hobbyist, a do-it-yourselfer, or already a proud goat-owner, it is the ultimate guide to your own backyard herd.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2009

    What a disappointment

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    A very nice read.

    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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