Raising Goats Naturally

Raising Goats Naturally : The Complete Guide to Milk, Meat and More

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Complete self-sufficiency may seem out of reach, but for more and more of us, increasing our self-reliance as much as possible is the order of the day. Incorporating dairy goats as the centerpiece of a diversified homestead can be the key to achieving this goal, and Raising Goats Naturally will show you how. By working with nature, you can raise dairy goats and produce your own milk, cheese, meat, fertilizer, leather, fiber, and soap--all without relying on drugs or following the factory farm model. By observing your own animals closely and educating yourself about their specific needs, you can create an individualized plan for keeping them healthy and maximizing their productivity.
This unique, fully-illustrated guide will teach you to help your herd thrive with:* breed-specific descriptions to help you choose the right goats for your goals and lifestyle* detailed information on housing, fencing, breeding, health, milking, and nutrition* complete recipes and instructions for making your own cheese, dairy products, and soap, as well as cooking with goat meat Packed with personal experiences backed up by expert veterinary advice and scientific studies, Raising Goats Naturally brings together a wealth of practical information on raising goats for the love of it and using their milk and meat to become more self-reliant. Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert who has raised livestock for over ten years. The author of Homegrown and Handmade and Ecothrifty, she presents extensively on skills for living a self-reliant life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 185 x 229 x 20.32mm | 582g
  • Gabriola Island, United States
  • English
  • B&W photos throughout, B&W illustrations throughout
  • 0865717451
  • 9780865717459
  • 480,225

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PRODUCE YOUR OWN MILK, CHEESE, MEAT,
FIBER, FERTILIZER AND MORE With endearing personal stories and layman's scientific explanations, Raising Goats Naturally lays an enjoyable and empowering foundation for goat-rearing success on the self-reliant farmstead. --- Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm Raising Goats Naturally is an excellent starting point and guide for anyone about to dive into the world of goats. The book does a marvelous job in covering practical approaches to husbandry and how to avoid the pitfalls that novices often encounter. ---Jeannette Beranger, Research & Technical Programs Manager, American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
... There is no one-size-fits-all approach to raising goats (or any livestock for that matter). But by working with nature, you can raise dairy goats as the centerpiece of a diversified homestead and produce your own milk, cheese, meat, fertilizer, leather, fiber, and soap -- all without relying on drugs or following the factory farm model. By observing your own animals closely and educating yourself about their specific needs, you can create an individualized plan for keeping them healthy and maximizing their productivity. This unique, fully-illustrated guide will teach you to help your herd thrive with:
- breed-specific descriptions to help you choose the right goats for your goals and lifestyle
- detailed information on housing, fencing, breeding, health, milking, and nutrition
- complete recipes and instructions for making your own cheese, dairy products, and soap, as well as cooking with goat meat.
Packed with personal experiences backed up by expert veterinary advice and scientific studies, Raising Goats Naturally brings together a wealth of practical information on raising goats for the love of it and using their milk and meat to become more self-reliant.
... Deborah Neimann cuts through the formulaic and often inflexible so-called "expert advice" and encourages us to get to know our animals and listen to what they tell us. Drawing on vast experience Neimann offers an upbeat, authentic glimpse of what life with dairy goats is really like. ---Hank Will, sustainable farmer, Editor in Chief of GRIT Magazine, author of Plowing with Pigs
... Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer and self-sufficiency expert who has raised livestock for over 10 years. The author of Homegrown and Handmade and Ecothrifty, she presents extensively on skills for living a self-reliant life....
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Table of contents

Outline


I. Why Goats?
a. My goat story
i. Sidebar: Lactose intolerance (Can you drink goat milk?)
b. Why produce your own?
II. Planning Your Home Dairy
a. Pastures
i. Permanent fencing
1. Sidebar: What I learned from Bucky
ii. Rotational grazing
b. Housing
i. Bedding
ii. Winter
c. Equipment
d. Feeding your goats
i. Pasture, browse, and hay
ii. Grain
iii. Minerals and other supplements
1. Sidebar: What I learned from Viola
e. Veterinary care
f. How many does?
i. Breeds
ii. Bucks
g. Buying your goats
i. Registered or not?
1. Show quality?
ii. Where to buy your goats
1. Sale barn?
2. Classified ads
3. Breeders websites
iii. What's in a pedigree
1. Understanding CH, *D, *M, and other stars and pluses
iv. Testing for diseases prior to purchase
1. Buying from one herd or several?
III. Managing Your Home Dairy
a. Day-to-day life with goats
i. Normal goat behavior
1. Normal pecking order
2. When to intervene
ii. Goat anatomy (photograph with labels and explanations)
iii. A healthy goat
1. Sidebar: What I learned from Bear
iv. A sick goat
v. Quarantining new goats
1. Sidebar: What I learned from Tom Selleck (the goat, not the actor)
b. Parasite control
i. Internal parasites
ii. External parasites
c. Contagious diseases
d. Common illnesses
e. Vaccines
i. What I learned from Anne
f. First aid
g. Breeding
h. Pregnancy
i. Birthing
i. Normal birth
1. Sidebar: What I learned from Girlfriend
ii. Dealing with complications
1. Sidebar: What I learned from Snow White
j. Raising kids
i. Dam raised or bottle?
1. Sidebar: What I learned from Cicada
ii. Horns or not?
iii. Castrating males
iv. Tattooing
v. Weaning?
vi. What to do with bucklings
k. Starting to milk
l. Managing milkers naturally
m. Training a doe to milk
n. Milking by hand
o. Milking with a machine
IV. Producing from Your Home Dairy
a. Handling raw milk
i. Pasteurization
b. Fermented dairy products
i. Buttermilk
ii. Yogurt
iii. Kefir
c. Making cheese
i. Equipment
ii. Ingredients
d. Cheese recipes
i. Chevre
ii. Queso blanco
iii. Ricotta
iv. Mozzarella
v. Queso fresco
vi. St. Maure
vii. Cheddar
viii. Gjetost
e. Other dairy products
i. Caramel coffee creamer
ii. Cajeta
f. Cooking with goat meat
i. The affect of a goat's age on its meat
ii. To castrate or not
iii. How much meat to expect from a dairy goat
iv. How to cook different cuts
v. Recipes
g. Making goat milk soap
i. Equipment
ii. Instructions
iii. Recipes
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Review quote

With endearing personal stories and layman's scientific explanations, Raising Goats Naturally lays an enjoyable and empowering foundation for goat-rearing success on the self-reliant farmstead. Deborah Niemann exemplifies the best spirit and action in homestead animal care. What a great contribution to self-reliance. -- Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm Deborah Niemann's book is an inspiring and useful guide for anyone thinking about raising goats. Her research is exhaustive and her personal stories give real depth and dimension to the experience, preparing the prospective goat owner not only for the technical challenges, but also for the rich emotional experience of sharing your life with a herd. ---Bryan Welch, Publisher & Editorial Director, Mother Earth News, GRIT Magazine, Mother Earth Living, and author, Beautiful and Abundant: Building the World We Want Deborah Neimann has done it again! She has created another practical and educational book for beginners interested in trying something new. Raising Goats Naturally is an excellent starting point and guide for anyone about to dive into the world of goats. The book does a marvelous job in covering practical approaches to husbandry and how to avoid the pitfalls that novices often encounter. ---Jeannette Beranger, Research & Technical Programs Manager, American Livestock Breeds Conservancy In Raising Goats Naturally, Deborah Neimann cuts through the formulaic and often inflexible so-called "expert advice" and encourages us to get to know our animals and listen to what they tell us. Drawing on vast experience, Neimann offers an upbeat, authentic glimpse of what life with dairy goats is really like. This book is important because it brings animal husbandry back to the fore and delivers the goods in a highly integrated manner that's every bit as enjoyable to read as it is important for goatherds of all experience levels. ---Oscar H. "Hank" Will III, Editor-in-Chief, GRIT Magazine and author of Plowing with Pigs This lovely book offers a glimpse into an exceptionally thoughtful barnyard. As someone who has benefited from Deborah's goat wisdom for years, I'm delighted that she's compiled it into such a comprehensive guide. -- Margaret Hathaway, author of Living with Goats Anastacia Zittel , Anastacia Knits blog The book begins on explaining how to buy a goat, what to look for, what things to consider, the different breeds of goats. Niemann explains why raising a goat for a dairy animal is easier, simpler, and smarter than buying a dairy cow. There is a small section about fiber producing animals, but the bulk of the book is on the milk and meat products. Every aspect of care is discussed, from parasites, to housing / shelter, bedding, fencing, food, companionship (goats like to be with other goats, not just other animals), protecting from other animals, and so on. There's lots of photos to help you on your journey of goat ownership.
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About Deborah Niemann

Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer and self-sufficiency expert who presents extensively on skills for living a more self-reliant life. She has raised livestock for over 10 years and is the administrator of a popular online forum and social network focused on Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats. She is the author of Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living, and Ecothrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life. Deborah and her family produce all of their own meat, eggs and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provide fruit and vegetables.
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