Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats, 4th Edition: Breeds, Care, Dairying, Marketing

Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats, 4th Edition: Breeds, Care, Dairying, Marketing

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603425803
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 12/03/2010
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jerry Belanger is the co-author of Storeys Guide to Raising Dairy Goats. His goat raising guidance has been indispensible to new goat owners for many years, for he has been raising goats since the 1950s. Belanger is the former editor and publisher of Countryside & Small Stock Journal, and lives in Wisconsin with his wife.

Sara Thomson Bredesen is the coauthor of Storeys Guide to Raising Dairy Goats and a licensed cheese maker and goat cheese promoter. A life member of the American Dairy Goat Association and an active member of the Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association for more than 30 years, she was the owner and operator of one of Wisconsin’s first goat cheese farmsteads.

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




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



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





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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Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats, 4th Edition: Breeds, Care, Dairying, Marketing 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great basic overview into goats. If you do bring home goats this book should be on your shelf but also more goat healthcare related books.
FarrahMN More than 1 year ago
his is an excellent book for anyone with goats, especially anyone starting to raise goats. It covers everything necessary for one to raise and keep healthy goats. It is a well written book and easy to understand. It is a great reference and a good book to have handy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little surprised. I thought I was ordering a paperback book so I was waiting for it to arrive. Then I found it on my hand held. Otherwise I am really happy with the book.