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Sue Weaver began writing professionally in 1969 when her first article was published in The Western Horseman magazine. Since then she’s written hundreds of articles, first specializing in horse magazines, then publications affiliated with Hobby Farms magazine. She’s also written eleven books, four in the Hobby Farms series for i-5 Publishing and seven for Storey Publishing. All relate to livestock or poultry including pigs, goats, sheep, cattle, chickens, donkeys, llamas and alpacas. She is a self-taught writer.
Sue lives on a 29-acre property in the southern Ozarks, along with her husband of 40 years and a huge animal family composed of horses, full-size and miniature; a donkey; Classic Cheviot sheep; Boer, Nubian, Alpine, Sable, and mixed breed goats; a llama, a water buffalo; a pet Jersey-Holstein steer; a tame razorback hog; guinea fowl; and a passel of dogs, most of which are former rescues. The money she earns from her writing ventures is used solely to buy feed for her animal friends.
~ Print books by Sue Weaver ~
Chickens; Tending a Small-Scale Flock, 2nd Edition (i-5 Publishing; 2005 and 2011)
Sheep; Small-Scale Sheep Keeping for Pleasure and Profit (i-5 Publishing; 2005)
Goats; Small-Scale Herding for Pleasure and Profit (i-5 Publishing; 2006)
Llamas and Alpacas; Keeping a Small-Scale Camelid Herd (i-5 Publishing; 2009)
Storey's Guide to Raising Meat Goats; Managing, Breeding, Marketing, 2nd Edition [written under the pseudonym, Maggie Sayer] (Storey Publishing; 2007 and 2010)
The Donkey Companion; Selecting, Training, Breeding, Enjoying and Caring for Donkeys (Storey Publishing; 2008)
Storey's Guide to Raising Miniature Livestock: Goats, Sheep, Donkeys, Pigs, Horses, Cattle, Llamas (Storey Publishing; 2010)
The Backyard Goat; an Introductory Guide to Keeping and Enjoying Pet Goats, from Feeding and Housing to Making Your Own Cheese (Storey Publishing; 2011)
The Backyard Cow; an Introductory Guide to Keeping a Productive Family Cow (Storey Publishing; 2012)
The Backyard Sheep; an Introductory Guide to Keeping Productive Pet Sheep (Storey Publishing; 2013)
Homegrown Pork; Humane, Healthful Techniques for Raising a Pig for Food (Storey Publishing; 2013)
~ Smashwords ebooks by Sue Weaver ~
Sue Weaver's Goat Book (2013)
Thrifty Horse Keeping; Buying and Keeping Horses without Going Broke (2013)
Sue Weaver's Sheep Book (coming soon)
on Sep. 08, 2013 :
To fully appreciate what this book IS you need to come in to the reading of it with a full understanding of what it is NOT. It is NOT a tightly organized informational book with easy to find and reference details on goat keeping. If you are looking for a simple reference guide for the beginning or potential goatkeeper you will find this book very disappointing (not through any fault of the book, but through a disparity of expectation).
BUT luckily this book never pretends to be that sort of book, though it has a few nods to folks who may stumble into it expecting that. If a tightly edited and appendixed manual on goatcare is your desire... look elsewhere, this is not the book you are looking for.
Now, on to what this book IS. This book is a book for people who already love, and are passionate about, goats. People who, like the goats they love, enjoy a meandering traipse through their goat related info. With everything from song lyrics to mythology to natural and herbal and traditional goat keeping hints and information, this book is by a passionate and delighted goatkeeper FOR passionate and delighted goatkeepers.
The author's delight in goats (both her own and the species as a whole) is apparent throughout the work. It is engaging and interesting and very informative. I purchased the book at full price and find it worth every penny.
I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars partially because I rarely give anything 5 stars (I have not read many books I consider perfect) and partially because I think it could have stood a bit more tight editing and organization. But these minor issues do nothing to detract from the wealth of information contained in the book and the very enjoyable delivery of the information.
This book is well worth buying for the dedicated goat lover, and I look forward to future goat books by this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)