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Raising Goats for Dummies


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Introduction. Part I: Getting Acquainted with Goats. Chapter 1: Discovering the Joys of Raising Goats. Chapter 2: Glimpsing Vital Goat Statistics. Chapter 3: Knowing Your Capra Aegagrus Hircus (Goat, That Is). Chapter 4: Getting Your Property Ready for a Goat. Part II: Bringing Your Goats Home. Chapter 5: Home Sweet Homestead: Sheltering Your Goats. Chapter 6: Dinner Time: What and How to Feed Your Goats. Chapter 7: Getting Your Goats: Choosing, Buying, and Bringing Goats Home. Chapter 8: Working with Your Goats. Chapter 9: Handling Routine Care and Important One-Time Tasks. Part III: Glimpsing Goat Health and Breeding. Chapter 10: Outlining Basic Health Care Requirements. Chapter 11: Addressing Common Health Problems and Ailments. Chapter 12: Breeding and Looking After Pregnant Goats. Chapter 13: Now Comes the Fun Part: Kids! Part IV: Living Sustainably and Making Money from Your Goats. Chapter 14: Discovering Goat Milk: How to Get, Use, and Sell It. Chapter 15: Goat Meat: From Breeding to Selling and Beyond. Chapter 16: Further Benefi ts of Goats: Fiber, Breeding, Weed Control, and More. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 17: Ten Common Mistakes First-Time Goat Owners Make. Chapter 18: Ten Tips for Showing Your Goat. Chapter 19: Ten Misconceptions about Goats. Appendix: Goat-Milk Recipes. Index.

About the Author

Cheryl K. Smith has raised a small herd of dairy goats under the herd name Mystic Acres since 1998. She published Ruminations: The Nigerian Dwarf and Mini Dairy Goat magazine and Goat Health Care. She writes a blog ( and is an expert on goats at

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