Praise for Raising Goats Naturally
With endearing personal stories and layman's scientific explanations, Raising Goats Naturally lays an enjoyable and empowering foundation for goat-rearing success on the self-reliant farmstead.
--- Joel Salatin
Polyface Farm

Raising Goats Naturally is an excellent starting point and guide for anyone about to dive into the world of goats. This book does a marvelous job in covering practical approaches to husbandry and how to avoid the pitfalls that novices often encounter.
---Jeannette Beranger, Research & Technical Programs Manager
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy

Deborah Niemann cuts through the formulaic and often inflexible so-called “expert advice” and encourages us to get to know our animals and listen to what they tell us. Drawing on vast experience, Niemann offers an upbeat, authentic glimpse of what life with dairy goats is really like.
---Hank Will, sustainable farmer
Editor in Chief of GRIT Magazine, author of Plowing with Pigs

Deborah Niemann’s book is an inspiring and useful guide for anyone thinking about raising goats. Her research is exhaustive and her personal stories give real depth and dimension to the experience, preparing the prospective goat owner not only for the technical challenges, but also for the rich emotional experience of sharing your life with a herd.
—Bryan Welch, Publisher & Editorial Director
Mother Earth News, GRIT Magazine, Mother Earth Living,

This lovely book offers a glimpse into an exceptionally thoughtful barnyard. As someone who has benefited from Deborah's goat wisdom for years, I'm delighted that she's compiled it into such a comprehensive guide.
— Margaret Hathaway, author


There is no one-size-fits-all approach to raising goats (or any livestock for that matter). But by working with nature, you can raise dairy goats as the centerpiece of a diversified homestead and produce your own milk, cheese, meat, fertilizer, leather, fiber and soap -- all without relying on drugs or following the factory-farm model. By observing your own animals closely and educating yourself about their specific needs, you can create an individualized plan for keeping them healthy and maximizing their productivity. This unique, fully-illustrated guide will teach you to help your herd thrive with:
  • breed-specific descriptions to help you choose the right goats for your goals and lifestyle
  • detailed information on housing, fencing, breeding, health, milking and nutrition 
  • recipes and instructions for making your own cheese, dairy products, and soap, as well as cooking with goat meat. 
 Packed with personal experiences backed up by expert veterinary advice and scientific studies, Raising Goats Naturally brings together a wealth of practical information on raising goats for the love of it and using their milk and meat to become more self-reliant.
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