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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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Pulling carts around the farm or serving as loyal pack animals, goats are naturally hardworking and make for friendly companions. This straightforward guide teaches you how to choose, house, feed, train, and breed the best goats for your space and needs. Whether you want to churn out fresh dairy products, harvest soft cashmere for knitting, or keep goats as playful pets, T ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 16th 2011 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Cade Salem
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It had really cool pictures and a good book for learning about Goats
Melanie
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Nick
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
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...
Fernleaf
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.
Danielle
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jennifer
A good resource.
hermione
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very informative with tons of tips that help me with my goats
Megan
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
So much great information!
Jennifer Shilley
AWESOME BOOK HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Katrina
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love goats, and this book was a great daydream fuel reading experience. Lots of sensible information, and some really cute photography.
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