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

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Produce your own milk, cheese, meat, fiber, fertilizer, and more

Incorporating dairy goats into a diversified homestead can be the key to greater self-sufficiency. Responding to questions and concerns from readers from all over North America and beyond, this fully revised and expanded edition of Raising Goats Naturally will help readers work with nature to raise dairy goats to produce 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 and 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 191 x 229 x 18mm | 653g
  • Gabriola Island, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd Edition
  • 65 halftones, black & white illustrations
  • 0865718474
  • 9780865718470
  • 1,099,448

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PRODUCE YOUR OWN milk, cheese, meat, fiber, fertilizer, and more

"Deborah Niemann exemplifies the best spirit and action in homestead animal care. What a great contribution to self-reliance." -- Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm

INCORPORATING dairy goats into a diversified homestead can be the key to greater self-sufficiency. Responding to questions and concerns from readers from all over North America and beyond, this fully revised and expanded edition of Raising Goats Naturally will help readers work with nature to raise dairy goats to produce 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, and for cooking with goat meat.

Packed with personal experiences and 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.

" Raising Goats Naturally is an easy-to-read, all-encompassing guide to getting started with goats." -- Lisa Steele, author, Fresh Eggs Daily and Duck Eggs Daily www.fresheggsdaily.com

" Raising Goats Naturally is perfect for beginners as well as seasoned owners and a definite must for any goat keeper's library." -- Jeannette Beranger, Senior Program Manager, The Livestock Conservancy

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 16 years and is the administrator of a popular online forum and social network focused on Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats. She is also the author of Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self- Reliant Living , and lives and farms with her family in Cornell, Illinois. You can find her online at ThriftyHomesteader.com
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction

Part I: Planning, Purchasing, and Protecting
1. Choosing Your Goats
Breeds
Does
Bucks
Registration
Pedigree
Purchasing

2. Housing Your Goats
Shelter
Bedding

3. Protecting Your Goats
Fencing
Livestock Guardians

Part II: Raising, Remedies, and Reproduction
4. Day-to- Day Life With Goats
Behavior
Anatomy
Health
Grooming
First Aid Supplies
Medicating the Sick Goat

5. Feeding Your Goats
Rotational Grazing
Hay
Grain
Minerals
Baking Soda

6. Parasites
Internal Parasites
Controlling Internal Parasites
Preventing Infection
External Parasites
Controlling External Parasites

7. Injury, Illnesses, and Diseases
Abortion and Stillbirth
Abscesses
Acidosis
Bloat
Brucellosis
Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis
Constipation
Cryptosporidiosis
Enterotoxemia
Floppy Kid Syndrome
Foot Rot
Hardware Disease
Hypocalcemia
Infertility in Bucks
Infertility in Does
Johne's Disease
Ketosis
Listeriosis
Mastitis
Nutritional Deficiencies
Neonatal Mortality
Pinkeye
Polio (Polioencephalomalacia)
Respiratory Conditions
Ringworm
Scours
Scrapie
Skin Cancer
Sore Mouth
Tetanus
Tuberculosis
Urinary Stones (Urinary Calculi)
White Muscle Disease
Vaccines

8. Breeding
Breeding Season
Breeding Age
Signs of Estrus
Breeding Methods
Buck Behavior
Successful Breeding
Artificial Insemination
Feeding for Fertility

9. Pregnancy
Gestation
Signs of Pregnancy
False Pregnancy
Feeding During Pregnancy

10. Birthing
Getting Ready
Signs of Labor
Birth
Feeding Post Birth
Newborn Check
Kid Complications

11. Raising Kids
Getting Started With Dam Raising
Getting Started With Bottle-feeding
Poop
Feeding Grain and Forage
Horns
Castrating Males
Tattooing and Ear Tags
Weaning
Barn Hygiene

12. Milking
Managing Milkers Naturally
Teaching a Doe to Milk
Milking Equipment
Milking by Hand
Milking With a Machine
Handling Milk
Storing Milk

Part III: Milk, Meat, and More
13. The Dairy Kitchen
Equipment
Ingredients

14. Dairy Products
Buttermilk and Sour Cream
Yogurt
Sweets

15. Acid-ripened Cheeses
Vinegar
Citric Acid

16. Culture-ripened Cheeses
Choosing Cultures
Flocculation
Cutting Curds
Semi-hard and Hard Cheeses

17. Meat
Meat Quality
Butchering
Cooking

18. Soap
Processes
Safety
Equipment
Ingredients
Step-by- Step Soap Making

Final Thoughts

Notes
Glossary
Suggested Reading
Recipe Index
Index
About the Author
About New Society Publishers
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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 16 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, along with the first edition of Raising Goats Naturally. Deborah and her family produce all of their own meat, eggs and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provide fruit and vegetables. She lives and farms with her family in Cornell, Illinois. You can find her online at ThriftyHomesteader.com
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