Post by Amy (farmmom) on Aug 7, 2008 14:11:08 GMT -5
What kind/breed of goats do you have? I live in East Texas, and most people around here raise Boers. We have a large ethnic population here that can support a small breeder. We also have people who raise their babies for show goats for local 4-h and FFa kids. Show goats around here go from $75 to $300 a piece. Most goats sold for meat sell for $30 to $ 80 a piece. If selling for meat, you need to get a calender that has the ethnic holidays on it and breed for availibilty close to those times. I have paid $200 a piece for show goats for my kids, but they have turned around and sold them at the sale after the show for $1,600. You can go to a ABGA sale and pay upwards of $500 to several thousand dollars for papered does and bucks. It really all just depends on what YOU want to get out of it, and how much money and time you want to invest.
Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
As Amy stated, your location/area will be much of the determining factor on goat prices. Unless you or someone is willing to travel long distances to buy/sell. Also in that equation will be the breed that's desired in that area. Most of the goats in this area are Boer and Boer cross, with other breeds scattered throughout, but only minimal. I gave $210 for a full blood Boer buck, and was lucky to find him. The people were downsizing their herd, rather quickly, so I got a very good deal on him. He's 3 years old now, weighs 240#, and long and wide. (he's actually a little skinny right now, since he's been chasing the does all over the place for the last two weeks) I've seen one kid from him, so far (and the doe was an old brush goat), and the kid was born 6 weeks later than the other 11, and has already surpassed all but two of them. So there's something to be said about getting high quality goats. The rest of the adult goats we have cost about $70 each, on average.
Basically, it all depends on what you want the goats for. Meat or milk, brush eaters or show goats, etc......... And how much time and effort (and money) that you want put into your goat herd.
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it! Good luck!!!
Thank you both. I know that a lot depends on the market in a certain area, not to mention the economy in general. I also know that prices do hover around a certain area. At least they do in horses do- I know the general price a good ol' trail horse will cost and it is about the same over the country. Varying by a few hundred here and there. I assumed that I would be able to get a feel for what a good goat may bring. Which I did. I thank you both so much.
The animals I am interested in are Nigerian Dwarfs does.
There are years that I can't give a kid away!!!! Then there are years I have a waiting list. If you are going to raise a specialty item, which is basically what a nigie is then be prepared to take a loss. I have had AWESOME does given to me just as I have given some away, just to get them in the show ring, and I also seen day old kids sold for 800.00 . And if you find someone that has to cut back, then you may find some top does bred for around 200.00 sometimes less. So even though you don't want to hear it. They are worth what you can get for them!!! Part of it will depend on your location, Part will depend on your salesmanship! Good Luck.
Last Edit: Aug 7, 2008 22:12:43 GMT -5 by Brandywine
Post by Rose's Goats on Aug 8, 2008 6:54:11 GMT -5
For an unregistered, healthy doe that is over 1 year old I would pay/charge $150 - $200. For a doe kid under 1 year old I would pay/charge $80-$100. My prices depend on how much I like the goat, how much more production she has left (the old does > 5 years are cheaper because you have less productive years left), and how badly I want to get rid of her. I have given some away because I didn't like them and I wanted more room in the barn for ones I actually liked. For registered you would have to pay a little more. Unless she poops golden berries I have a hard time paying more than $300. I have gotten some great does that were free so I usually hold out for one of those.
For bucks if you wait a little until later in the fall, you might be able to get one that is breeding age for cheap. I give my bucks away for free after I am done using them in the fall. Also in the spring when they are just born you can get one cheap. People don't want to spend time or money on bucks when they have a surplus and might give you a bottle baby for free.
I think the other thing that could add value for me is a doe in milk (recent). Avoiding the cost of stud service and the risk of pregnancy has a real value. And having a doe in milk without the task of dealing with the necessary kid also has value. But that's all because I keep goats for the dairy products. Obviously not as big a deal to everybody.
i bought 2 young boer nannies an a young boer billy for $50ea.they are grade goats.the guy i bought them from said he was cutting me a good deal on them.said he sells eating goats for $50 to $75ea.he knew i wanted them for clean up an for breeding.so im sure he couldve doubled the price if he wanted to.
I put a down payment on them. We are waiting for them to go into heat. Then Oak Hollow Acres Lily Pad is going to be bred with Oak Hollow Acres Little Man. Then Pecan Hollow GL Dixie Darlin will be bred with Pecan Hollow C Maurelli