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Bowman Communications March 1, Language: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention goat bowman helpful informative reference boer gail areas knowledge useful breeds subject feed interested learned farm chapter info folks breed. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Gail Bowman is the sort of writer that most all authors could learn from.
More important, Gail Bowman is obviously experienced in the craft she writes about and her love of the most cantankerous of farm critters shows through. This is one of the few chatty how-to books that I have found did not waste even a page of type. No matter the topic, it is apparent Ms Bowman has learned from experience and is unafraid to tell us her mistakes as well as her successes. But, she is not preachy and doesn't try to convince us there is only one way.
She freely informs us of methods and techniques, and even other breeds, reported to her by other breeders.
I had long thought the best way to try and make a living with goats would be as a dairy, but, milking a hundred goats can be mighty tiring for a bare living. Thus, I was considering meat goats after downloading some introductory blurbs published by the Saskatchewan Ag folks.
I, however, remained skeptical of meat goats for profit. I was concerned I might be getting into a branch of agriculture for dreamers the visionary sort, no disrespect meant but, at age 50, I just don't feel the hankering to blaze any new trails. In other words, I want to let today's youth do the experimenting. I just want to earn money to sock away for my retirement. Well, Ms Bowman has done a great job in showing me that meat goats are not the 21st Century equivalent of ostrich, emu, elk, deer and bison. They are a viable farm product that can produce a reasonable income without having to create a new market or without having to depend on other breeders for one's profit.
If I were still publishing farm magazines I would definitely be shouting the news to my readers. Raising Meat Goats For Profit is a masterpiece.
Perhaps the print book is well-edited, but the Kindle version is hard to follow. On nearly every page, sentences within paragraphs are broken up and scattered about.
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On several two-page spreads, part of a sentence is on one side, and the rest buried in a paragraph on the other side. One person found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I am entering the industry and have used the reference material quite frequently. It's very brief, but he raises some of the realities of a real commercial operator, in contrast Bowman's book. With that said Bowman's book is the best of all the books on the subject I have read.
And I'm pretty sure I've read them all at this point. It pulls together all the information you need to get started, and the reference section in the back of the book is as valuable as the book itself. This book accompanied by Christiansens's book have been in my possession every waking moment for the past few months. I checked out about 5 books from the library on goats and found that they were all almost identical.
I was hoping that this book being solely on meat goats would have more detailed information on meat goats. The only thing that makes this book about meat goats is the chapter on breeds since it only speaks about meat goats. I was really looking forward to this as the other books had almost none.
This chapter turned out to be almost completely useless. She speaks briefly on each of three breeds speaking only of the purebreds and then proceeds to simply copy and paste the proper breed standards of The International Goat Associations. Does anyone know where I could find a book on that subject? I'm looking for goats that will do the best in a highly forested situation, which breed is ideal? That would be some useful information. Oh but at the end of the chapter that she copy and pasted and that anyone could get for themselves for free on the internet Gail says " Many people ask me which breed of goat they should buy when they start their meat herd.
My answer is always the same: What do you want to do with your meat goats? What breed of goat you raise depends on where you live, what you like, what you are going to feed, and what is available to you in your area. That's why I bought your overpriced book to answer those questions!
Why would you write a book and not answer the most common questions you get on the subject? But Gail continues, "So again my advice is: Find out what you like, really like what you like; go buy it, and then have fun raising it!
An outlook on meat goat production
I'll just drive around and buy random goats that I think look pretty, or maybe some of each and see which ones I think are the funnest. And that's just chapter 1. Most of the rest of this book is identical to all the generic books on raising goats in general and probably even the same as books on sheep. It is strictly conventional and she does nothing outside of the box.
It's kind of like reading a book report, it just summarizes the same info. If you are at all interested in raising goats naturally then this is definitely not the book for you. I became interested in raising meat goats as I heard it is a good way to clear out unwanted brush and weeds without a lot of labor and can also be profitable.
Gail mentions the use of pasture almost in passing stating "If your goats are out there feeding themselves on pasture, you need to be sure they have a high enough quality forage And then continues with I don't even know how many pages of information on how much grain to give them, featuring numerous charts and diagrams. She appears to have zero knowledge of pasture feeding as if it's just the place they go in between feeding time and mentions nothing of rotational grazing.
Which according to her is the old fashioned way as she told her friend whom had a security camera installed to watch the expectant goats. If you are looking to fill an empty nest or something and want to devote your entire life to tucking your goats in at night and such then this is the book for you. Oh and I was also looking for specific information on fencing for meat goats.
I have no more of an idea of what I need to do for fencing than I did before reading. I just have to include this gem "The molecular structure of chevron is different than that of other meats. Therefore, it digests more easily. That's like stating "the color of brown cars is different than that of non-brown cars. Therefore brown cars go faster. What are you 4? Do you really want to take advice from this person? This is where the book officially sunk to one star. Quite possibly the worst thing I have ever read. That's right the rest of my summary was the good part of the book.
Hart says some livestock producers acquire goats for co-species grazing — adding goats to existing cattle or sheep enterprises. Goats consume predominantly woody vegetation; sheep like broadleaf weeds and cattle prefer grass.
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Co-species grazing requires modifications of pastures and facilities to incorporate goats. The biggest problem in co-species grazing is overcoming the stigma of goats and having your beef buddies ridicule you for having goats. One bonus for those interested in raising meat goats is steady market demand. Currently, domestic production satisfies only 35 percent of the demand for goat meat.
Most small-scale goat producers stay in the business for about five to six years, which results in lost overall production. Check producer references and find out who he has sold goats to. Hart discusses the topic most people who have raised goats already know: Hart noted that while dewormer resistance is a major deterrent to long-term success with goats, combination dewormers help reduce this problem, and internal parasites are less of a problem when goats are allowed to browse rather than graze. Data from the Auburn Diagnostic Lab shows that internal parasites are responsible for more goat deaths than the sum of the next three most important goat diseases.
Genetics and pasture management play a large role in parasite problems. This is often the last straw for producers, and many choose to sell out after losing a number of animals to parasites. Hart says although the information on wormex.