I don't yet have goats, but really enjoyed learning how to raise goats in a natural way on a small scale. I loved the information in it, and actually shared some of it with my goat-keeping neighbors, and it was stuff they didn't know. I loved learning how to be the head, and the different colored goats need slightly different amounts of different nutrients, and the cheese recipes look really helpful (I'm not at a place right now to start making cheese, but I'm glad I've got a handy reference!).
I do wish that there was a bit more in the book. More about the whys of certain natural treatments, and a list of references (I always loved having those references when doing research--it lead to many more great books to read!).
But, still, this little book is packed with information from about goats from baby to nursing mama and even how to whether a goat, and ailments and how to check for them and prevent them and treat them. I love the holistic look on goat and how they fit into different sized homestead and how to incorporate them into your permaculture system, rather than just keep them isolated.
This is a book to have, to reread, to use as a reference, and to lend to your goat keeping friends and neighbors. I know I'll be lending mine to my neighbors so they, too, can benefit from the knowledge in it. Even if you don't have goats or plan to have goats (I hope to have have sheep--and would LOVE a permaculture sheep book!), this book is a great reference to have, and a great wealth of knowledge to help you when working with other people's goats!
I think I'll go re-read it again right now!
Great book for beginners! Although she is talking mostly about milk goats, you could use it for any goat! She doesnt talk about all of the type of goat, but the basics in detail. She talks about
Bringing your goats home
Cheesemaking and recipies
And much much more!
She talks about how to think when building a paddock. She said that goats dont like to eat food off the ground, Yup! She even covered something that small! So i definitely recommend it!
This book is a great source of information about natural goat raising, and can be read by those who are completely new to raising goats, or by those who already have goats, but want to take a more natural approach.
I do not yet have goats, but thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, as it gave me a very informative insight into what things to expect when raising them. The author addresses common goat keeping issues and offers plenty of advice and natural solutions to simple health problems, which has come from her own experience with natural goat keeping.
I found all of it very useful and easy to read, from learning about herd dynamics, right down to what to look for when purchasing goats. I know this will be a book that I will refer to often.
I look forward to learning milking and trying out the home made cheese recipes!
Great facts and descriptive tips, loved all the natural suggestions, property tips, care and even yummy recipes to make with goats milk
Backyard Dairy Goats by Kate Downham
I give this book 9 out of 10 acorns.
This is a book for the small scale homesteader who has only a few goats, and wants to raise them naturally, as opposed to most of the goat books I have seen that are for people keeping huge herds of goats and medicating them and feeding them the minimal amount of food they need to stay alive. This is EXACTLY what I have wanted in a goat book!
Topics covered include the basics:
But also include things I find more useful:
Dealing with neighbors and landlords
Identifying good goats to buy
Borrowing a buck
Teaching a goat to get on the milking stand
What they are not allowed to eat
And how to make cheese!
Definitely an excellent book for the small scale goat keeper, and really worth the read. :D