Storey’s Guide to Raising Dairy Goats
This book review was written by Jerreth, our long-time homesteader. Her experience with dairy goats covers more than a decade.
We have raised dairy goats for nearly 13 years and have found that besides having a good mentor, it can be helpful to also have a fairly comprehensive book on goats on hand to study and use as a reference. Storey’s Guide to Raising Dairy Goats is an easy and enjoyable guide to raising your own goats. It’s a simple and well-organized book that has a ton of helpful information.
It covers everything from feed to housing, breeding, birthing, milking, types of dairy goats and their characteristics, etc. For a couple of years we were fortunate to be able to belong to the Green Country Dairy Goat association. Everyone in the group had this book and used it. Does it tell you EVERYTHING you need to know about goats? No. However, this is an excellent primer that is easy to read and has information that you will want to check back with every year.
Many people who get goats don’t provide them with proper housing or fencing. Then, they get frustrated because the goats get into things they shouldn’t. This book will help you avoid that problem. Another problem is that people commonly believe that goats eat everything, and they don’t. I once met a person who had given her goats paper scraps and other food scraps to eat. She went out one morning and found her goats dead. She had no idea why they died. She had given them, in her words, plenty of rotting things to eat. This book helps you to avoid mistakes like that.
Goats need their feet trimmed. A farrier for horses doesn’t do that, goat owners do. The question for the newcomer is how to you do that? Then, when babies are born, if you don’t disbud, they grow horns and get stuck in fences and everything else. Storey’s book makes you aware of the different ins and outs with dealing with goats and what you need to do.
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