Whether you want to raise a dairy barn full of milkers, one hundred meat goats for market, a herd of Angoras for mohair fiber, or a few Pygmies as pets, this book is for you. Expert, hands-on advice makes it easy to get started raising a healthy herd. Longtime goat farmer Carol Amundson 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, this FFA-licensed 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 goats
- House 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.
About the Author
Carol Amundson is the former editor of the Minnesota Dairy Goat Association newsletter, the Gopher Goat Gossip. Her articles have appeared in Goat Magazine and the United Caprine News. She has been raising goats since 1989 on a farm near Scandia, Minnesota. Learn more about their farm: www.frontiernet.net/~terrapin.acres.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 A Goat Is Just a Goat-Right? 12
Chapter 2 Preparing Your Goat Farm 38
Chapter 3 Breeding 70
Chapter 4 Health and Wellness 96
Chapter 5 Life with Goats 130
Appendix 1 Management Calendar 172
Appendix 2 Associations, Clubs, and Registeries 179
Appendix 3 Equipment and Supply Dealers 188
Appendix 4 Glossary: How to Talk Goat 190
About the Author 200