Goats are inquisitive, active animals with individual characters. There are well over 200 identifiable breeds of goat in the world with some thirteen in the UK as well as many cross-breeds. Distinctive cheese and yoghurt, prime lean meat and highly prized cashmere and mohair fibre are all products of this unique species. In this well-illustrated manual the author provides essential information for successful goat keeping. Hilary Matthews has written the chapter on showing which will give the reader an insight into the world of the show ring. Subjects covered include: characteristics and breeds; breeding and reproduction; kid rearing; milk production and dairy work; goat fibre and production; health and disease; showing and finally, profitable goat keeping. 112 pages, hardback.