Holistic Goat Care : A Comprehensive Guide to Raising Healthy Animals, Preventing Common Ailments, and Troubleshooting Problems

Holistic Goat Care : A Comprehensive Guide to Raising Healthy Animals, Preventing Common Ailments, and Troubleshooting Problems

Regular price £32.00

Gianaclis Caldwell

Category: Natural History General

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication date: 6/8/23

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co

ISBN 13: 9780198810506

Total Pages: 368 pages, Full-color photographs and illustrations throughout

Weight: 1006

Dimensions: 203 x 255 x 20

"Practical, well written, and comprehensive. . . . Read this book cover to cover, or keep it handy as a reference for all aspects of goat care."-Sarah Flack, author of The Art and Science of GrazingThis one-of-a-kind guide will empower even novice goat owners, offering expert guidance on maintaining a healthy herd-whether they are dairy, meat, fiber, or pet goatsGoats have provided humankind with essential products for centuries; indeed, they bear the noble distinction of being the first domesticated farm animal. From providing milk and meat for sustenance and fiber and hides for clothing and shelter to carrying packs and clearing brush, there isn't much that goats cannot do. Managing goats successfully requires an understanding of how nature designed them to thrive, including nutritional and psychological needs, as well as how to identify a problem and intercede before it's too late. For more than a decade, Gianaclis Caldwell and her family have operated Pholia Farm Creamery, an off-grid, raw milk goat cheese dairy. In Holistic Goat Care, Caldwell offers readers a comprehensive guide to maintaining a healthy herd of goats, whether they are dairy goats, meat goats, fiber goats, or pet goats. Holistic Goat Care will empower even novice goat owners to confidently diagnose and treat most of the ailments that goats might experience. For the experienced goat farmer, the book offers a depth of insight and approaches to treatment not found in any other book. Caldwell places special emphasis throughout on holistic, natural, and alternative approaches to caring for goats, including information on: Handling and managing goats using their natural instincts as an asset Developing good farm management practices such as appropriate housing and fencing systems and manure and mortality managementMaking feeding decisions based on understanding goats' ruminant digestive system and their evolutionary needsGrowing forage and garden crops as feed and utilizing wild browseTroubleshooting health problems based on assessing symptomsImplementing advanced health procedures such as pain control, fecal testing, and transplanting rumen microbes from healthy to sick goatsDiagnosing, treating, and preventing more than 75 common goat ailmentsWhether your herd is two or two hundred, this first-of-its-kind, comprehensive book will help you keep your goats healthy, safe, and productive and give you a deep and enjoyable insight into the wondrous creature that is the goat.