Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Giveaway: The Joy of Keeping Goats!

Thanks to Skyhorse Publishing I have a copy of the book The Joy of Keeping Goats to give to one of my followers for Homestead Review Week!

To enter be a Follower with the Google Friend Connect on the right.
Leave me a comment with your email after the review.

If you have trouble leaving the comment with your google profile just leave it under anonymous and let me know who you are.. glitches in bloggerville!!

I will choose a winner with Random. org on Saturday Sept 3rd!!

The Joy of Keeping Goats
Laura Childs
Published by Skyhorse Publishing
Source: Review Copy

The title of this book had me at first glance as I do find much joy in keeping my goats!  It is the ultimate guide to dairy and meat goats, and a joy to read.
Firstly the pictures are beautiful snapshots of goats. I had to thumb through before even reading it to see all the great goat pictures! Very pleasing to the eye, and not at all just a manual you keep tucked away on a shelf.  She starts of for the very beginner with ‘goat speak’, terms which you should  know when looking into goat herding. Even ways to tell the difference between a sheep and a goat, even us experienced goat herders confuse that at times in those rare breeds!

Laura Childs begins her book with reasons one may consider having a goat farm. From being lactose intolerant, to wanting weed eaters, to just enjoying the antics of goats. Each person will have a variety of reasons for finding joy in the goat.  I love how she describes each breed of goat from dairy, fiber and the meat varieties.  She then goes on to teach about different types of shelters and feeders that you can make and put together for your goats.
Tips on feeding, information on your goats health, and even a list of poisonous plants you should remove from your pasture.
When to breed, how to breed, and tips on kidding. Raising the kids and caring for their horns and castration if being wethered.
Laura Childs completes the book with ideas on milking, working with fiber, and processing goat meat. She includes recipes that sounds delectable.
She definitely comes full circle for the beginner. A comprehensive book for the beginning goat herder and basics that even the seasoned veteran needs to reference from time to time. Beautifully done!

11 comments:

  1. Hi i would love to know more about goats and i live in south Ga. were alot of people have them. I live in the country and room for one or some but i don't know enough about them to just buy some. thanks please enter me joannie jscddmj at aol dot com

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  2. Hello! Would love to win your book about goats.
    There are not many goats where we are and even the vets don't know about goats. Internet is not always available so books are my best resource plus goats are my favorite subject. God bless you,
    Heidi (I am sorry google won't let me log in with my ID) dutchbliss AT gmail.com

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  3. hi i am a goat fanatic i love goats they are my favorite animal
    prysdibaas@rocketmail.com

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  4. Ok, now you did it!!! I HAVE to read this book - lol! Of course I'd love to win it

    We love our goats and they are truly a joy; I'm
    a bit disabled and they bring a smile to my face and help me to pay less attention to my limits.

    I love your blog!

    ~Carla

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  5. Hi, great blog. I am a beginner at raising goats. I have both Boar and Nubian goats. You can never have enough books or information so, I would love to win the book. Thanks for entering me. Theresa jtdewald@cvalley.net

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  6. Can never have too many goat books. This one sounds like a keeper.
    Kandi
    mudsockacres@live.com

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  7. I would love to win your book, I am new to goats and trying to learn to care for them properly. Thanks Sincerely Lorelei Carter Webecarters@yahoo.com

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  8. My friend Carrie dreams of raising goats for their milk she would love this book! I would give it to her because I live in the city and could not raise goats.

    leanna.hiner@gmail.com

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  9. Really wish I could have entered! I would love this book as I'm new to goats and need some expert tips and advice.

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