Goats Giving Birth
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Goats Giving Birth


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113 Pages

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Lessons, stories, and reflections from the Goat Midwife

  • What to expect when your goat’s expecting – stories by North America’s leading goat midwife
  • Best-selling author, her books Raising Goats Naturally, editions 1 and 2, have sold over 7,000 copies
  • First book to focus specifically on animal husbandry techniques for helping goats give birth
  • Author is respected expert in small-scale goat breeding with a large following
  • She has been breeding and raising goats since 2006
  • Covers of every type of birth presentation to help the reader how to know what is normal and when to worry
  • Highly illustrated with over 100 photos and diagrams of actual kiddings to fully illustrate all those things that new goat breeders find challenging
  • This book encourages natural practices, including having the does raise their own kids
  • There are over 2 million goats in the US, and goat farming in increasing in popularity
  • New Society Publishers are committed to the highest environmental practices in the industry, including: printing all their books in North America, on 100% post-consumer recycled FSC-certified paper, using vegetable-based, low-VOC inks; and offsetting their emissions to make all of their business operations carbon neutral and is proudly B Corp certified. Their books are so Green you could eat them!

Audience: Small-scale goat farmers, homesteaders, hobby farmers, agricultural colleges, and farming education groups, fans of the author

Regional Appeal: Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, and California have the most goat farms.

International: Goats are widespread in Asia and Africa, small-scale goat farming is popular in the UK and Europe.

Canada: There are over 200,000 goats in Canada; 50% of these are in Ontario. Interest in goat farming is taking off in the West.

Lessons, stories, and reflections from the Goat Midwife

There is nothing about goat care that creates more anticipation, excitement, frustration, and fear than birthing goats. What can you expect with a goat pregnancy? What do you do if things go wrong when goats give birth? What happens when you have a challenging newborn kid?

Seasoned goat farmer Deborah Niemann, author of Raising Goats Naturally, answers these questions and more by distilling the stories and experiences from over 600 goat pregnancies and births. Coverage includes:

  • The differences between normal goat pregnancies
  • Necessary C-sections
  • Incidents that may turn deadly serious.

For both new and experienced goat owners, Goats Giving Birth illuminates the joy, the sadness, and everything in between when birthing pregnant goats, giving you the confidence to handle a large spectrum of goat pregnancies and help birth happy thriving kids.


1. Normal Births
Cleo's twin doelings
It's triplets!
Sherri's triplets (for the sixth time)

2. Normal But Different Births
Bonnie's big baby bonanza!
Bonnie's quads
Three breech bucks
Jo's quads
Victoria's twins
Kidding at 17 below zero

3 Not So Normal Births
Always more to learn: Giselle's birth
Our most puzzling birth ever
Lizzie's triplets
Alex's final kidding

4. Caesarean Section Births
Our first C-section
Lesson learned via C-section

5. Challenges With Newborns
Sucking disorder in a goat kid?
Cheating death
You save some
A blind kid?
Linguine update—the not-so-blind goat
Lessons in neonatal goat care

6 Death
Farewell and thank you, Coco
Our most challenging birth...with a happy ending
Some decisions just suck
Farewell, Sadie

7. Final Thoughts

About the Author
About New Society Publishers



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Published 30 June 2020
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EAN13 9781771423311
Language English
Document size 5 MB

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