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The Backyard Goat: An Introductory Guide to Keeping and Enjoying Pet Goats, from Feeding and Housing to Making Your Own Cheese

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A beginner's guide for those who want to keep goats as pets or to produce milk, cheese, and fiber.

ebook, 224 pages
Published April 16th 2011 by Storey Publishing
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The BEST beginning goat farmer book I have read! After having dairy goats for 5 years now, I have perhaps graduated beyond the beginner dairy goat books to know enough if they are good starter books or not. Sue Weaver covers it all in this book beginning with where goats originated and including breeds of goats I honestly haven’t even heard of before. She uses photo’s, drawings, and side notes to incorporate as much information in a book as possible.
She covers information on milk goats, fiber g
Mar 30, 2014 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely think it'd be fun to have a goat after reading this book. I still feel lacking in information though, like what a good shelter would look like or have, where do I buy food (some guesses here) and how much could I expect it to be (certainly easy to find out). Also gotta figure out which of my friends might be up for some goat-sitting when I'm out of town, which may be the biggest hurdle...
Jennifer Shilley
A good resource.
A fantastic book for anyone thinking about (or finding themselves with) a new goat. This book is geared much more towards the pet goat and includes chapters not only on milking, kidding, health, and general keeping, but also on packing, fiber, and harness goats. A great easy-to-follow book that gives you the important information without any fuss and keeps it interesting with sidebars that include tidbits of mythology, history and trivia.
Dec 10, 2013 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! I don't own goats yet, but I plan to, and have read lots of books on the topic. This was the best. It was so thorough, well-explained, and made me feel closer to being somewhat ready for the challenge!! The author's love for goats shone through and made it an enjoyable read.
Bonnie Roman
Jun 05, 2011 Bonnie Roman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great first book to read about goats. Everything from the history of goats, to stories of goats in the military and goat fairy tales, to breed characteristics, to packgoats. Highly recommended for anyone just starting to think about getting goats.
Alisa Kester
If you're wondering if you might want a backyard goat, this is a good place to start. Covers the basics on pretty much everything you might like to know.

And the verdict for me? No. I will not be getting goats.
May 29, 2014 Katrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love goats, and this book was a great daydream fuel reading experience. Lots of sensible information, and some really cute photography.
Nov 01, 2012 hermione rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very informative with tons of tips that help me with my goats
Apr 02, 2013 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much great information!
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