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Pipestone's Guide Veterinary Guide to Sheep and Goats 

By G.F. Kennedy, DVM

This 117 page book gives a lot of current-day, veterinarian care guidance for sheep and goat care that is easily understood by a typical homesteader that may own a few sheep or goats.  There are six other contributors to the books - 4 more veterinarians and two specialists from Pipestone, Minnesota so there is a lot of professional, real medical-based advice given in the book as well as information from two farmers that work as specialists for Pipestone Vet in Minnesota. 

The book covers breaks down into these chapters: health and disease, lambing and kidding, lamb and kid health, medications and products, nutrition and supplies, shows and sales, and worming.

I really like that they include a vaccine schedule, kid care, and birthing barn supply list specifically for both sheep and goats.  I really like the explanations provided and some alternatives for over-the-counter remedies, money-saving recommendations, and the blunt answers to questions posed.

As an example, Dr. Kennedy responded to a question on the use of antibiotics he stated " My response to this is that is what you usually find under a bull's tail after he has had a large meal."  Dr. Kennedy goes further to explain why he recommended a specific antibiotic treatment, and how any animal or person should have the benefits of the best medical treatments available. 

 

There are tips written that I found very useful.  One tip given is that in response to a vaccine having more doses than needed and the bottle stated to destroy contents if not immediately used.  Dr. Kennedy responded stating to add 5cc of aqueous pen to the bottle, store in the refrigerator and use until gone.  

 

There is a lot of useful information packed in this small booklet that until I started reading the book, thought it was really pricey at $27.50 for a spiral-bound book until the information helped me treat a serious issue with one of my new kids.  Easy to read, easy to follow, worth every dime.  

 

You can purchase the booklet here.