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Raising goats naturally : the complete guide to milk, meat, and more / Deborah Niemann.
Revised second edition.
Publication Information:
Gabriola Island, BC, Canada : New Society Publishers, [2018]

Physical Description:
xiii, 337 pages : black and white illustrations ; 23 cm.
Preface to the second edition -- part I. Planning, purchasing, and protecting: Choosing your goats ; Housing your goats ; Protecting your goats -- part II. Raising, remedies, and reproduction: Day-to-day life with goats ; Feeding your goats ; Parasites ; Injury, illnesses, and diseases ; Breeding ; Pregnancy ; Birthing ; Injury, illnesses, and diseases ; Breeding ; Pregnancy ; Birthing ; Raising kids ; Milking -- part III. Milk, meat, and more: The dairy kitchen ; Dairy products ; Acid-ripened cheeses ; Culture-ripened cheeses ; Meat ; Soap.
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636.39 NIE Book Adult General Collection

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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.

Author Notes

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