1. Getting Started
with Goats - Choosing the breed for your purposes,
choosing "good" goats, Health and Conformation
2. A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned - Saving money on: Feed, Feeders, Supplies, Veterinary costs
3. Livestock Guardian Dogs - Purpose and breeds
4. Antibiotics - How They Work and How to Use Them - Penicillin,
Sulfonamide, Safe effective use of Antibiotics
5. Parasites - What they do to your goats, What they do to your pocketbook, Testing, Doing your own fecals, Pictures of goat parasite eggs, Wormers and how to use them
6. Most Common Health Problems and How to Deal With Them
-Skin stuff, Swellings, Hair stuff, Coughing/runny nose, Diarrhea & vomiting,
Neurological symptoms, Udder/milk problems (mastitis), Goat down!
7. Kidding - What to expect , Pictures of a birth (Boer), Birth positions, Hypocalcemia and Ketosis
8. Using Goat Milk - How to get good milk, clipping and the CMT, For Drinking, Selling for human consumption, Selling for animal consumption, Raising calves, pigs and lambs on goat milk, Marketing goat milk for exotics' use , Other farmyard animal use of goat milk, Making cheese, Goat Shares, Other recipes, Making Soap
9. Having a Full Fledged Dairy
10. Using Other Goat Products, Meat, Skins, Fiber,
Fertilizer - Using goat meat, recipes for sausage, jerky and other meat dishes, How to make buckskin, Using Angora and Cashmere fiber, Fertilizer
11. Meat Goat Operations
12. Breeding Stock - Producing and selling show-winning breeding stock
13. Judging and Linear Appraisal
14. Miscellaneous Uses of Goats - Packing, Carts, Arts and Crafts, and Miscellaneous services
16. Making a Business Plan - No business is a real business without one
17. Marketing - Making your Marketing plan, Presentation and Reputation
19. Comments from Those Who Are Succeeding
Appendix I - Plans for feeders, milk stand tack box
Appendix II - Useful charts forms, and conversions for goat keeping
Appendix III - Informational handouts to mentor those buyers new to goats and their care. These are condensed summaries of common 'newbie' questions and materials to assist in commerce
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Odeon, Homedale, Idaho
Just wanted to drop you a note about your book, Making money with
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I would suggest that any of you out there thinking about a
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Ellie has done a service to goat folks with her wealth of knowledge. I have been selling milk and soap for 21 years. Because of some well worded ads that Ellie wrote for me this last year, I have added several retail stores, a retail chain and many dairy men and women who purchase my soap to sell with their products. Her information also gave me an idea to run an ad in a publication I would never have thought to do which ended in Christmas sales double what they were last year with orders of soap. A retail space is now in my future and yes lots of my hard work, but Ellie really was the spark that helped this all along. Her books are full of refreshing ideas that I know I would never have come up with on my own. Ellie's books are also easy on the pocketbook.
By the way Ellie, my husband said that the books I purchased from you were the best books ever.
He's really enjoying the section on soap making tonight as we made our first batch of goats milk soap (first batch of any soap) and your hints were what got us through it.
He's been reading the whole book and we are better able to handle the next few months (kidding in 5 weeks). Just thought
I'd give you some feedback!
Got your book, Making Money with Goats, in today's mail. I had been looking forward to it's arrival with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. Two words, VERY IMPRESSED!!!!
If anyone is even toying with the idea of getting goats, they should read this book. If you don't know the
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I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful book. So far I have only read Making Money With Goats, and I learned
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Thank you again for a wonderful book.
I love your book. I have read and re-read all of it. It is now one of my best 'reference' books for everything goat!
Just a quick note, i just rcvd my copy yesterday and
it's wonderful, easily read and well written and thought
out! worth the cost in my humble opinion..
Same here, I have one of her books and it is chuck full
of useful information.
Your goat book is more thorough than I could have
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your book I was able to pick the proper meds for him.
This morning his temp was back to normal again,
and who would have thought I would be so excited to see
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Thank you for listing your books and things. As we live
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little place is very important being retired and on a
limited income. I am constantly looking for ways to
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I think Ellie's book is the "ultimate" reference manual! All the info you need, is right there at your fingertips!
Ellie's book is one of *THE BEST* out there. It is straight forward, easy to understand, well written, and arranged so anyone can find what they are looking for.
You can spend hours of time and grief getting the 'experience' yourself, or you can have many of your questions answered for just a few dollars and a bit of time reading.
I wish this book had been available to me when I started out as it does address MANY aspects that only time, trial, and error can otherwise
My friend and I absolutely love your book, I have the 5th edition, that I am going to give to my friend and then I am so looking
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disease that there ever was that could be a runny nose. I would recommend this book to everyone! I love all the lists that you
have in there too, what a great idea!!!
"I just got a copy of this book.. VERY informative--a real find for new or less experienced goat owners. This would be a wonderful
gift or prize for a 4-H group or that new goat owner you want to help out." Pat Hendrickson
"Hey, I have this book! It has just about everything you'd
ever need to know about goats, and there are a bunch of pull out
(how to) sheets in the back that are invaluable for giving to
customers who have bought a goat. Lots of good information. Well
worth the cost. It's like having the whole internet at my
fingertips when I can't be at a computer.
"I have one of her books and it is chuck-full of useful information. I intend to buy the other one as soon as I can."
"Ellie's books are very easy to read, informative and just Plain Outstanding. I really enjoyed reading them plus learned a lot."
"Ellie, As a researcher I wade through a lot of poorly-written material, so it's a pleasure to endorse the good stuff! I look at so much badly written reference material that when I find good stuff, I like to give the writer a pat on the back. Your goat book is crammed with great
stuff. People at the lists really need to buy and read it. I'm under contract to write a meat goat book for another publisher. Expect a rave review!" Sue Weaver, (author of Hobby Farms Goats for BowTie Press.)
"I just ordered another copy of your book [Making Money With Goats] for a Christmas gift for our goat 'mentors'. I let them
borrow our copy while one of them was laid up from knee surgery, and they
really loved it. You should send a message reminding people on the goat
lists that this is a great gift...Just a thought. Thanks for your hard work!"
"I just received my copy of Making Money With Goats this week and it is
an excellent book that can easily be shared with goat buyers. A good
reference to have in your library."
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