My personal comments about each book are written in purple. -Molly
Health & Husbandry Books
by David MacKenzie
Paperback - 334 pages
5th edition (February 1996)
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.
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 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
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
ideas, advice, and counsel on breeding, feeding, management and control,
birthing and kid-rearing. Recipes, cheesemaking, yogurtmaking.
really like this book. It is out of print, but if you can find it, pick
it up for your collection."
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.
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."
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
Health Care and Herbal Healing
Animals & Humans
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. "
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
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"."
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
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."
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...
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."
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
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'."
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.
"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
is a very good read, especially for those interested in "getting
back to the land"."
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.
book is really a 'must have' if you intent to "put up" any
of your own food."
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