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The Meat Goat Handbook: Raising Goats for Food, Profit, and Fun Paperback – Jan 15 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (Jan. 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760340420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760340424
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #389,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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 ( in Indianapolis. Her articles appear in Goat Rancher magazine and the Stockman Grass Farmer. Yvonne lives with her husband, Craig, on their goat

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By Mike babcock on Aug. 7 2015
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Great. Very informative for someone who is getting into goats.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommend this book Jan. 23 2012
By greg - Published on
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.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic book Dec 30 2011
By Simon Boers - Published on
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.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Good reference for raising goats, but lacking in other areas July 5 2012
By Monika Van Hine - Published on
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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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great Book! March 8 2012
By CP - Published on
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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
a must-have for every goat enthusiast. Jan. 23 2012
By bullwacker - Published on
Format: Paperback
Whether you are a seasoned commercial goat producer or just got started into the fascinating world of goats, this is the book you want. It's very informative, covering every aspect of a goat enterprise. Written with knowledge and humor, this book is a joy to read. Every time I pick it up, I learn something new about goats. Well illustrated, this book makes a great gift for every goat lover.