Goat Science and Production
Sandra G. Solaiman, BS, MS, PhD, Professor of Animal Science, Auburn University, Alabama

  

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Books on goat care and husbandry are much in demand, and this one will most likely take its place among the popular choices. The book presents comprehensive state-of-the-art information from an international perspective.

There is not a book on goat medicine, this is primarily a production reference. Some information is provided regarding vaccinations and common diseases. There is a basic list of common diseases, how to conduct a physical, including normal values, immunity and vaccinations, commonly used drugs, antibiotics and anthelmintics. The primary problems of Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL), Listeriosis, Caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE) contagious Echyma (Orf, a parapoxvirus); Goat pox; Foot and Mouth Disease; Brucellosis, and Goat Parasites are discussed as well as a few less-common (but also important) diseases.

The book concerns itself with all varieties of milk, cheese, meat, and fiber production. The anatomy sections cover not only the normal anatomy, but also some of the aberrant structures that exist in the species. The discussions on diet should be enlightening to many goat breeders. The current theory on feeding goats is quite limited and uninformed. Listening to the discussions at the goat shows, these people need a lot of instruction. According to this text, most goat farmers with smallholdings need to expand the selection of feed for their goats. The discussion of the nutritional properties of goat milk are explained as well as the expected production of each breed. The drawings of goats illustrating body structure should help breeders develop quality goats for show.

The sections on milk and cheese production are instructive and should help improve interest in keeping a goat herd. Likewise, the section on fiber production is interesting and well-researched. The quality of fiber is compared between the Angora, Cashmere (Mohair), and Cashgora fiber, a cross between the Angora and the Cashmere goats. The properties of the various varieties of fiber are discussed as well as the marketing value of each.

Most important is the section on goats as a business. The business model and marketing strategy is a novel inclusion that should encourage prospective goat farmers on the right track for profit. The overview of goat production worldwide is a necessary inclusion for prospective goat farming. There are beautiful watercolor drawings of the various breeds of goats that I found particularly charming. I would gladly buy a set of prints suitable for framing.

I really enjoyed this book. Not for everyone, I do recommend this book for any veterinarian seeing goats and for clients with an interest in goat farming.

Wiley Blackwell publishers 2010.

Hard cover, 425 pages, Illustrated with color and black and white photos as well as ink drawings.

 
ISBN 978-0-8138-0936-6


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Introduction
Alternative Medicine
Anatomy
Anesthesia/Analgesia
Animal Welfare
Aquatic/Fish
Avian
Behavior
Camelids
Canine
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Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Dental
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Dictionary/Reference
Drugs/Pharmacology
Emergency Med
Endocrine
Epidemiology
Equine
Ethics
Exotics
Feline
Food Animals/Livestock
General
Genetics
Geriatrics
Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
Imaging & Radiology
Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Microbiology
Multimedia
Neurology
Nutrition
Oncology
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics
Parasitology
Pathology
Pediatrics
Physiology
Physiotherapy
Practice Management
Primates
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Reproduction
Reptile/Amphibian
Research
Respiratory
Ruminants
Sheep/Goats
 
Diseases Goat 3rd Ed.
 
Diseases Sheep 4th Ed.
 
Goat Medicine 2nd Ed.
 
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Goat Science and Production, 1st Ed.
 
Practical Lambing 3rd Ed.
 
Self Assessment Colour Review: Cattle & Sheep Medicine
 
Sheep Flock Health
 
Sheep Medicine
 
The Goat Handbook
 
* Diseases Goat 2nd Ed.
 
* Guide Regional Anatomy Goat
 
* Manual Sheep Disease 2nd Ed.
 
* Sheep & Goat Medicine
Shelter Medicine
Surgery
Swine
Technicians
Toxicology
Urology/Renal
Veterinary Education
Wildlife-Zoo Animals
Zoonoses

Date Published: July 1, 2010

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