RAISING AND KEEPING DAIRY GOATS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE
Author: Katie Normet
The ideal reliable guide to goat-keeping for the new commercial enterprise or the small hobby farm.
A city kid, Katie Normet discovered a fascination for large animals early in her life, which led her to study animal sciences at one of Canada's most distinguished agricultural colleges. While there, Normet rubbed shoulders with classmates from farming backgrounds and caught another bug: the urge to make a living raising animals.
Today, she and her family run River's Edge Dairy in Central Ontario, where Katie oversees a herd of some 75 goats that produce more than 50,000 liters of milk a year. Much of this milk is transformed into delicious yogurt, cheeses, and unique goat-butter tarts, as well as soaps and moisturizing creams, which Normet sells directly from the farm and local markets.
Raising and Keeping Dairy Goats is Normet's account of life's daily challenges and rewards as a goat farmer, from her experience rehabilitating a farm from the ground up to learning firsthand the ins and outs of acquiring and caring for goats.
Normet's central advice runs through her book like a commandment: Know your goat. Keeping eyes on each goat and noting subtle changes in behavior and demeanor are essential to quickly managing a problem and keeping your goat healthy.
Normet explores all the big-picture issues in goat husbandry, including:
- Identifying and treating diseases and ailments.
There are also cheese-making and soap-making chapters with tips and recipes.
While the author doesn't gloss over the responsibilities of early-morning milkings and late-night kidding dramas, she deftly communicates the innate appeal of one of nature's most charming and charismatic domesticated animals. For Normet, every inconvenience is a blessing in disguise. Whether readers are preparing to launch their commercial enterprise or simply interested in providing goat milk for their families, her story will serve as a reliable guide.