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I have compiled the following list of useful and informative books for your convenience. Each of the books on this page have been selected for it's quality and is recommended by Fias Co Farm.

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Note: My personal comments about each book are written in purple. -Molly


Goat Health & Husbandry Books

Goat Husbandry
by David MacKenzie
Paperback - 334 pages
5th edition (February 1996)

This is a classic- the "bible" of goatkeeping. First published in 1957. It's now in it's 5th printing. This is a very thorough and insightful book covering the whole gambit of goatkeeping, from the history of goats to housing, feeding, breeding, health care and much more. This book contains sound principles and more common sense and a sense of humor not found in most other goat publications. His reading of goat psychology is very useful in understanding herd dynamics.

"This was the first goat book I purchased, and I really like it for the insight it gives into goats. If you have goats or are planning on getting goats, I concider this a must have."

Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats: Breeds, Care, Dairying
updated version of Raising Milk Goats the Modern Way)
by Jerome D. Belanger, Jerry Belanger
Paperback - 288 pages (November 8, 2000)

Storey is completely updating all six Modern Way titles and re-introducing them as part of their Guide to Raising series. This fully illustrated guide provides the very latest practical information for dairy goat owners. All of the essentials are covered here, including: Individual breeds - Feeding and housing - Health care and disease prevention Breeding and kidding - Milking and dairying

"We have found this book very useful. Though I don't personally always agree with all of Belanger's methods, I still find this a very handy book to have on my shelves." -molly

The Goatkeeper's Veterinary Book
by Peter Dunn
Hardcover 3rd edition (July 1998)

Practical and easy to use, this book is an essential aid to any goatkeeper.

"We have found this book to be very useful. It is well written and understandable. I highly recommend it. It will more than pay for itself with the first goat life it saves."

A Practical Guide to Small-Scale Goatkeeping
by Billie Luisi

Good information, ideas, advice, and counsel on breeding, feeding, management and control, birthing and kid-rearing. Recipes, cheesemaking, yogurtmaking.

"I really like this book. It is out of print, but if you can find it, pick it up for your collection."


Goat Medicine
by Mary C. Smith, David M. Sherman
Hardcover (April 1994)

A very technical reference for veterinary practitioners on the diagnosis and treatment of individual goats as well as herd or flock goats. Reflects goat management in tropical, subtropical, and temperate zones. Well-referenced.

"I never purchased this book, due to it's price, though I have looked through it and it contains a lot of good information. This is the book would make an excellent gift for your vet."

Raising Milk Goats Successfully
by Gail Luttmann
Paperback - 176 pages (November 1986)

"I do not own this book, but checked it out at the library once. I found it to contain a lot of good information."

Your Goats : A Kid's Guide to Raising and Showing
by Gail Damerow
Paperback - (August 1993) 172 pages
Reading level: Ages 9-12

Explores the fun of raising goats, discussing selection, purchase, housing, feeding, health, behavior, breeding, and showing.

"This book is geared toward children. I don't know much about this book, but I think it would make a good gift for a young goat owner."

Veterinary Guide for Animal Owners: Cattle, Goats, Sheep, Horses, Pigs, Poultry, Rabbits, Dogs, Cats
by C. E. Spaulding, Jackie Clay, Esther Davis
Hardcover - (January 1998) 432 pages

"I really don't know anything about this book but it does cover goats and I've read good reviews about it."

Keeping Livestock Healthy: A Veterinary Guide to Horses, Cattle, Pigs, Goats & Sheep
by N. Bruce Haynes
Paperback - (November 1, 2001) 352 pages

"We have found this book useful. It's a good book if you have various kinds of livestock. It does not contain too much on goats. If you just own goats, get 'The Goatkeeper's Veterinary Book' instead."

Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable
by Juliette De Bairacli-Levy, Juliet De Bairacli Levy, Juliette De Bairacli Levy
Paperback - 471 pages 4th edition (June 1991)

This fascinating book is a valuable guide for farmers and the general public concerned about the overuse of nonnatural medicine, herbicides, and insecticides in farm management and animal husbandry. The author, Juliette de Baïracli Levy, offers detailed directions for treating all farm animals with natural methods, while stating her evidence that "mechanized" farming methods have led to the demise of domesticated animals' overall health. She asserts that poor and inadequate natural habitat, unnatural feeding practices, and a reliance on medicine to fight individual symptoms of disease without addressing the whole animal have weakened farm animals' innate disease-fighting ability. Her argument for a return to reliance on the natural and away from the synthetic and artificial rearing and feeding methods of farm animals becomes more urgent and relevant given the outbreaks of "mad cow disease" and other ailments caused by these practices. This book, used in conjunction with proper consultation with a veterinarian, can help animal owners and farmers move back to natural and healthy farming practices. --Julia King


Natural Health Care and Herbal Healing
Animals & Humans


Herbs For Pets
by Mary L. Wilff-Tilford, Gregory L. Tilford, Mary Wulff-Tilford
Paperback - 384 pages (November 15, 2001)

The Tilfords' book introduces readers to hundreds of plant medicines that can be used in the daily care of animals. The authors, both herbalists, begin with a chapter on the principles and practices of herbalism, explaining the basics of herbal preparations and what they call the "ethical use of herbs." They discuss the connection between herbs and diet and give guidelines for feeding dogs and cats. The bulk of the book is a 191-page guide to herbs for animals. Each entry includes a description of the plant, its habitat and range, its cycle and bloom season, preparation, common uses, availability, and propagation and harvest techniques. Also included are a warning of its side effects--if any--and a photograph of the plant. There's a wealth of information here, enabling pet owners to select, prepare, and apply natural remedies, some of which may be growing in their own backyards.

"I LOVE this book. I can't say that enough. It's full of great information, wonderful photos and helpful recipes. The information presented here can also be applied to humans as well as animals. If you are interested in learning about using medicinal herbs, for you as well as your pet, this book is a great place to start. This book is a must have; it's well worth the cost.

The Nature of Animal Healing : The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat
by Martin Goldstein D.V.M.

As an accomplished doctor of veterinary medicine, Martin Goldstein is well respected for his 25 years worth of experience in the field--experience he effectively utilizes in conjunction with his expertise in holistic medicine in his new book, The Nature of Animal Healing: The Path to Your Pet's Health, Happiness, and Longevity. Goldstein begins with a broad explanation of the origins of diseases in pets, then moves on to taking action against those diseases, not only offering thorough discussions of specific ailments--including cancer, allergies, and arthritis--and the holistic medicines available to help in the healing process, but also speaking to the "dubious legacy of vaccines" as well as the questionable quality of pet food. Finally, Goldstein turns his attention to the spiritual realm, addressing both the bonds that we have with our pets--and how those bonds aid in preventing and fighting our pets' health problems--as well as dealing with the death of a beloved pet. Goldstein's expert advice, inclusion of inspiring real-life cases, and thorough resource "compendium of holistic books, newsletters, Web sites, veterinarians, and associations" make this book a valuable addition to any pet owner's library.

Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats
by Richard H. Pitcairn, Susan Hubble Pitcairn

A classic natural pet-care book from two celebrated veterinary specialists in chemical-free nutrition, treatment, and natural healing for pets, Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats offers valuable natural and holistic advice on a host of pet topics, including, but not limited to, diet, exercise, environment, coping with a pet's death, and how to care for a sick animal. In addition to their thorough discussion of the above, Richard Pitcairn, D.V.M., and his wife, Susan Hubble Pitcairn, M.S., offer a comprehensive "quick reference" section on animal illnesses, organized alphabetically and including a brief description of each illness, preventative measures that may be taken, and holistic and natural treatment options for both dogs and cats--treatments that should always be discussed with one's vet before being used. Occasional line drawings, informative graphs, and the Pitcairn's intelligent prose make this guide a must-have for pet owners interested in a natural lifestyle for their pets.


Cheese & Soapmaking Books


Cheesemaking Made Easy
by Ricki Carroll, Robert Carroll
Paperback - 144 pages (September 1995)

Step by step, Cheesemaking Made Easy presents everything the novice cheesemaker needs to know to make great tasting cheeses starting with the very first batch.

"This was the first cheesemaking book I bought and it taught me a lot. Occasionally, the recipes can be a little hard to follow. This is the "classic" of cheesemaking books. I'm disapointed to see this book is not longer being published. "

Goats Produce Too
by Mary Jane Toth
Spiral bound, laminated cover. 3rd edition, 136 pages (50 added).

The second edition of Toth's well-known book about making the most of your goat milk. Goes beyond cheese with new chapters on soap-making and using chevon. A true "how-to" book!

"This is a really good book for beginners using goat milk. These recipes are simple and they work well. If you have goats and want to make cheese (and other goat milk products), this book is a "must"."

And That's How You Make Cheese!
by Shane Sokol
Paperback - 138 pages (April 2001)

With almost thirty easy-to-follow recipes and complete instructions, And That's How You Make Cheese! is the definitive guide for making fresh and aged cheeses right in your kitchen. With just a little effort, anyone can make fresh and aged cheeses such as Swiss, Feta, Monterey Jack or even an aged Stilton. Read about the history of your favorite cheese and the follow the recipes to make it yourself without additives, preservatives or chemicals.

"This is a good, easy to understand book. The recipes are clearly laid out. In my copy, the photos were not reproduced very well, I don't know if this is just my copy or how the book just is. This newly published book may be a better book for new cheesemakers to start with than the classic, Cheesemaking Made Easy."


Homesteading & Do-It-Yourself Books

The Encyclopedia of Country Living: An Old Fashioned Recipe Book
by Carla Emery

No library is complete without this one-of-a-kind encyclopedia. There isn't a more complete source of step-by-step information about food production, from the garden or barnyard, all the way to the kitchen table. Filled with hundreds of recipes , detailed instructions, and wisdom gleaned from a multitude of readers, The Encyclopedia of Country Living is so basic, thorough, and reliable it deserves a place in every country life collection. With a wealth of practical information, anecdotes...

"This book has taught me a lot. No book can cover every subject in great detail, but this book does contain an amazing amount of information and is a very good primer for learning back to basics skills."

Back to Basics: How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills
Hardcover - 456 pages (March 1997)

Reader's Digest has updated its popular Back to Basics series to provide the ultimate how-to book. It's packed with hundreds of projects and illustrated step-by-step sequences to help you learn to live more self-sufficiently, with sections on shelter, alternative energy sources, growing and preserving food, home crafts, and even recreation. Includes over 2,000 photos, diagrams and drawings.

"I found this book very informative. It tries to cover a lot of ground and does not go into quite as much detail as 'The Encyclopedia of Country Living'."

Storey's Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance
by M. John Storey, Deborah Burns, Martha Storey

This is the book for anyone who wants to become more self-reliant, from suburbanites with 1/4 of an acre to country homesteaders with several. The information is easily understood and readily applicable.

The Good Life: Helen and Scott Nearing's Sixty Years of Self-sufficient Living
by Helen Nearing, Scott Nearing
Paperback - 411 pages Reprint edition (January 1990)

"Helen and Scott Nearing are the great-grandparents of the back-to-the-land movement, having abandoned the city in 1932 for a rural life based on self-reliance, good health, and a minimum of cash...Fascinating, timely, and wholly useful, a mix of the Nearings' challenging philosophy and expert counsel on practical skills."--Washington Post Book World

"This is a very good read, especially for those interested in "getting back to the land"."

Stocking Up :The 3rd Edition of America's Classic Preserving Guide
by Carol Hupping
Hardcover - 627 pages 3rd edition (August 1986)

Completely revised and updated, this classic is better than ever. Readers will find the basics along with the latest in home preservation techniques, 300 recipes, all new illustrations, nutritional charts, conversion tables, lists of selected fruit and vegetable varieties, and the most up-to-date information on home food safety.

"This book is really a 'must have' if you intent to "put up" any of your own food."

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