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The Meat Goat Handbook: Raising Goats for Food, Profit, and Fun [Paperback]

Yvonne Zweede-Tucker

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Book Description

Jan. 15 2012 0760340420 978-0760340424 First
Longtime goat rancher Yvonne Zweede-Tucker draws on twenty years of hands-on experience to help you raise your own meat goats. Illustrated throughout with color photography, this instructive handbook includes advice about breeds, feeding, housing, safety, health, kidding, butchering, and selling product. Included is a glossary and a resources appendix. Essential reading for every meat goat owner!

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (Jan. 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760340420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760340424
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 18 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #327,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whatever your reasons for wanting to raise meat goats might be, if you’re curious about, thinking about, or planning to start a meat goat enterprise, you probably have lots of questions: What kind of goats should you choose? How do you buy them and care for them? How do they reproduce? How do you sell them?
 
Having faced all of those questions and more, longtime goat rancher Yvonne Zweede-Tucker draws on twenty years of hands-on experience to help you raise your own meat goats. Illustrated throughout with color photography, this instructive handbook includes advice about breeds, feeding, housing, safety, health, kidding, butchering, and selling product, as well as a glossary and a resources appendix.
 
If you’re bold and ready to take on a new challenge with meat goats, The Meat Goat Handbook will be an invaluable guide.

About the Author

Yvonne Zweede-Tucker has been raising meat goats for twenty years at Smoke Ridge. She spoke at the 2010 Profitable Meat Goats conference (http://profitablemeatgoats.net) in Indianapolis. Her articles appear in Goat Rancher magazine and the Stockman Grass Farmer. Yvonne lives with her husband, Craig, on their goat ranch.www.smokeridge.net

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book Dec 30 2011
By Simon Boers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've been waiting for a book like this for years; it is beautiful, made with high quality materials, and has tons of information. Every goat owner should have a copy of this book. The numerous color photos illustrate the topics excellently. This is a quality production, from cover to cover.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend this book Jan. 23 2012
By greg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My wife and I are meat goat producers and thoroughly enjoyed this book. Educational, well written with lots of pictures and a wealth of information covering everything you can imagine regarding goats. With her 20 years of meat goat experience, the author has put a lot of thought in the book and shows you every way possible to be successful with your goats in every aspect, whether it's breeding, health, marketing, goat recipes, you name it, it's covered in this book. You will not regret purchasing this book.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reference for raising goats, but lacking in other areas July 5 2012
By Monika Van Hine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really thought a book called 'The Meat Goat Handbook" would cover more of the aspect on actually butchering a goat. However, it barely touches upon the halal method (at a meat goat processing facility). Would like to see photos of a step by step for the 'do-it-yourself' home processor. Not everyone who raises goats has the numbers or the ability to ship them off to a facility. The author even mentions she has never actually 'processed' a goat herself - just watched it done at the facility.

So the book really should be titled, "How to raise goats". And it does have a lot of 'cute' photos of goats on rocks, in trees, in fields.

I did give the book three stars for the rest of the goat information. It covers how to buy, raise, vet, breed, and handle goats. I just would have liked more than 3 pages on the 'meat' part.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! March 8 2012
By CP - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is well worth your time and money. It is well written, informative, fun, and factual. We have been raising meat goats for almost 2 years and I learned even more from reading this. It's a great go-to book to have on hand as a refresher. If you're a beginner or someone just interested in finding out if you want to raise goats, this book will really get you started in the right direction. The pictures alone will make you fall in love with the wonderful world of goats!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Good Enough Dec 29 2012
By Yusri Al Yaarubi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book has lots of good information on the subject and it is very well organized. Actually, I haven't read any other goat book with such beautiful and illustrative pictures.
While this book has lots of information on meat goat production, it has many weaknesses. There is not enough information on selective breeding and selection of replacement stock. Furthermore, there is very little mentioned about weaning, goat nutrition, assisted births, and slaughtering. As a meat goat producer, this book can be a good addition to your library, but it should not be your only reference.

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