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The Dairy Goat Handbook : For Backyard, Homestead, and Small Farm
by Ann Starbard


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The Dairy Goat Handbook explains everything goat keepers need to know about their animals, from the best ways to keep them healthy to methods for making delicious goat cheese.

The Dairy Goat Handbook is a guidebook for those who would like to raise dairy goats - or dream of raising dairy goatsa and want to know how to begin and maintain a successful herd.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The Dairy Goat Handbook explains everything goat keepers need to know about their animals, from the best ways to keep them healthy to methods for making delicious goat cheese.

The Dairy Goat Handbook is a guidebook for those who would like to raise dairy goats - or dream of raising dairy goatsa and want to know how to begin and maintain a successful herd.

There are other books on the business of keeping dairy goats, but none quite like this. Written by a dairy goat farmer, this guide combines a deep knowledge of the animals themselves with fifteen years of experience running a successful business. Fully illustrated with photographs of life on a working dairy farma the goats, the farm, the dairy equipment, and the cheese and milka this book explains as well as celebrates the life of a dairy goat farmer.

The author, Ann Starbard, owns Crystal Brook Farm in Sterling, Massachusetts, where she and her husband raise dairy goats and make fresh goat cheese that they sell onsite, at farmers' markets, and at restaurants. Ann explains the details of raising goats and running a dairy in simple, clear, easy-to-understand language; this is a book for everyone interested in the business of raising dairy goats.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780760347317
  • ISBN-10: 076034731X
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)
  • Publish Date: June 2015
  • Page Count: 192


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Books > Technology > Agriculture - Animal Husbandry

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-05-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

Readers who have been sucked in by the viral videos of goats balancing on a steel ribbon or screaming like humans may think raising goats would be fun and easy. Starbard, a goat farmer with 15 years’ experience raising dairy goats and making and selling goat cheese, doesn’t lead the reader on with such cuteness. She gives a comprehensive breakdown on goat raising, from selecting them to marketing their products, but also doesn’t ignore all the adorable by-products of goat farming (the climbing, the hopping, the affection, the playful butting). It’s not all fun; goats must be milked twice a day, ten months a year. They need other goats around for socializing, eat through fences, catch cold easily, and must be sheltered. Some kids are spoiled rotten and don’t respect authority. The last books with this much detail may have been the husbandry journals published in the 1950s and ’60s. Those who want to raise “one of the most adaptable and productive domesticated animals on our planet” will find Starbard’s advice invaluable. Color photos provide a trip (a collective noun for goats) of adorable animals. (June)

 
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