Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats: Breeds, Care, Dairying, Marketing

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With minimal space and housing needs, dairy goats are a practical choice for the small or backyard dairy farmer. Dairy goats require a smaller investment than Cows and produce easily digested milk that is much in demand for making yogurt,...

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Overview

With minimal space and housing needs, dairy goats are a practical choice for the small or backyard dairy farmer. Dairy goats require a smaller investment than Cows and produce easily digested milk that is much in demand for making yogurt, cheese, and other dairy products.

The revised and updated fourth edition includes:

  • Updated information on disease diagnosis and treatment
  • Tips on choosing pygmy breeds
  • Expanded coverage of breeding, kidding, and raising kids
  • More information on milking, dairying, and cheesemaking
  • Expanded resource section

"This book will give answers and help novice goat owners get started. It can also be used by established goat owners wanting a reference in an easy-to-read format." — John D. Howland, American Goat Society, Inc.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603425810
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 12/3/2010
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 705,913
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

The guidance of goat raiser and author Jerry Belanger has been indispensible to new goat owners for many years, for he has been raising goats since the 1950's. He has written many books including Country Living, Homesteader's Handbook to Raising Small Livestock, Raising the Homestead Hog, and Storey's Raising Milk Goats the Modern Way. Jerry is editor and publisher of Countryside & Small Stock Journal, and lives in Waterloo, Wisconsin, with his wife Diane.

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Table of Contents

1 Basic Information About Goats 1

Basic Terms

Goat Myths and Truths

A Little History

Breeds of Goats

Selecting a Breed

So, You Want a Goat?

2 All About Goat Milk 17

How Much Milk?

Discovering a New Taste

Goat Milk as "Medicine"

Exploding More Goat-Milk Myths

Goat Milk vs. Cow Milk

Raw Milk vs. Pasteurized

3 Getting Your Goat 30

Beginning Your Search

Terms to Learn

Which Goat Is Best for You?

Spotting a "Good" Goat

Assessing a Goat's Worth

Getting Your Goat Home

4 Housing Your Goats 49

Ideal Housing

Size Requirements

The Manager

Gates and Latches

Other Considerations

Final Thoughts

5 Fencing 68

How Much Is Necessary?

What Kind of Fence?

6 Feeding 74

The Long and the Short of It

The Digestive System

Basic Nutritional Requirements

Formulating a Goat Ration

The Science and Art of Feeding

7 Grooming 109

Hoof Care

Disbudding

Dehorning

Tattooing

Hair Care

8 Health 123

Health: The Natural State

Finding and Using a Veterinarian

How to Tell If Your Goat Is Sick

An A-to-Z Guide to Common Health Problems

Don't Expect to Be a Goat Doctor

9 The Buck 150

Reasons Not to Keep a Buck

Reasons to Keep a Buck

Improving the Breed

Choosing a Buck

Living with a Buck

Caring for the Buck

10 Breeding 160

Milking Through

Preparing for Breeding

Successful Breeding

11 Kidding 169

Anticipating the Delivery

The Birth

Caring for the Newborns

12 Raising Kids 182

Early Feeding

Weaning

Castration

13 Milking 192

Milking Essentials

How to Make a Folding Milking Stand

Facilities: A Milking Parlor or In-Barn Milking

Preparing to Milk

Milking Procedure

Milk Handling

Cleaning Your Equipment

14 Keeping Records 209

The Basic Barn Record

Figuring Out Costs

Capital Costs and Operating Expenses

15 Chevon 217

The Market for Chevon

Slaughtering and Butchering

16 Dairy Products 223

Preserving Milk for Future Needs

Cheese Making

Yogurt

Kefir

Koumiss

Butter

Cultured Buttermilk

17 Recipes for Goat Products 239

Recipes for Goat Milk

Cooking Chevron

Soap Making with Goat Milk

Appendixes 257

A Where Milk Comes From

B Somatic Cell Counts

C The Composition of Milk

D Giving Injections

E Immunizations

F A Goat-Keeping Calendar: Plotting Tasks for a Year

G Making and Feeding Silage

Resources 278

Glossary 281

Index 287

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