Monday, May 9, 2011

Goat Song- Brad Kessler

This book made me laugh out loud on numerous occassions. As a goat owner myself I was able to relate well to the author as he decided to start on his goat journey. He describes choosing the goats, getting the barns reading, buying them and travelling to their new home. The relationship with the new goats, their personalities, habits, and interesting characteristics.
I could relate so well to the descriptions of the goats, their hierarchy within the group and with the humans. Laughed hard at the writing about the breeding season and the familiarity with the same thoughts we have had.
For someone with goats, or desiring to have them in the future it was a very fun book and very relational to other goat herders. If you dont like goats, you won't get it. It is geared to a very specific audience.
I would have rated it higher if it weren't for the evolution discussion in the book as I believe in creation and didn't think that the background of the goat had to go back to primortial soup.
I did like how the author found different names for goats, poems, old sayings and such to show that goats have held a strong place in the history and religions of the world.
Well done discussion on the art of cheese making as well as the difference between raw and pastuerized milk.
4 stars and fun read!


  1. Did he talk at all about fainting goats? I'd recently heard a podcast on them.

  2. He had Nubian dairy goats, so no fainting goats. I dont know anyone around here with them, just saw them once on Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe. I know a little about them but not too much. They are kind of a funny goat!

  3. this sounds like a good one. such an usual topic. and you make it sound like a fun one too!