Price of an ordinary meat goat?

Discussion in 'Goats' started by Wannabee, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. Wannabee

    Wannabee Foggy Dew Farms

    Dec 8, 2004
    Having never had any goats before, my wife has finally came on board with the idea of getting 1-2 goats, with the hopes of eventually getting a dairy goat.

    These are not for show - if we had a doe, she would be milked at home, and the bucks would be butchered at home. We don't need registration, we don't need "blood lines", we won't be showing them.

    The question I have is, what is a fair price to pay for them? Seems like a $100 for a kid is a bit too high for what we are going to do....

    Anyone have any suggestions? We are located in Indiana if location comes into play...

  2. rhjacobi

    rhjacobi Well-Known Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Hi Wannabee,

    Generally the old addage of you get what you pay for is true. The extra milk or meat that you get for about the same costs of producing it make a good quality goat worth what you pay for it.

    There is a lady who posts on coffee shop and who I believe is in Indiana. She goes by the name of goatmom. Judging from her posts, she would be a good contact for you if she is close enough.

    Lynchburg, TN.


  3. Dee

    Dee Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2002
    Goats don't like to be alone so get the two. I bought a mother and daughter, already pregnant and paid $175 each. These were boers though.

    Please don't buy from auction to get a cheap goat. They are there for a reason. Try contacting local 4H, feed store or veternarian. Most will know where you can go to get good goats.

    Good luck finding them.
  4. BrahmaMama

    BrahmaMama Well-Known Member

    Nov 12, 2005
    $100, in Canada for Boer X's. Well in my neck o' the woods anyway.
  5. Lancelotacres

    Lancelotacres Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2004
    Southwest Michigan
    I will second the "don't buy a cheap goat from the auction". I've been down that road, many health problems. Check with your local feed mill, they usually have a bulletin board with people selling goats. A couple of important things you should do before you purchase any goats. Make sure you have a least two pens with adequate shelter, you need to practice pasture rotation in the warm weather months, to help with parasite problems. Also get a couple good wormers and know how to administer them. I started out buying cheap goats, now I spend 3-6 times that much, you will get healthy animals and most breeders are more than willing to show you or talk to you about goat health and husbandry. Just as an example, the last two percentage does I bought from misty meadows, Ray Beebe trimmed hoofs, wormed and gave cdt vaccinations before I could take them,also answered any questions and gave advice.

  6. midkiffsjoy

    midkiffsjoy Bedias, Texas

    Sep 29, 2005
    Dont let your FIRST goat be an auction goat. I've had several GREAT goats that I bought at auction, but the only way you get those is to KNOW what youre looking at. Sometimes they are problem goats, but more often than not someone is selling their dairy kids (I've even bought bottle raised dairy goats there) or have decided that goats take more time than they want and just sell them. This winter was so bad and hay was so scarce this year that alot of people sold out, horses and all, cause they just couldnt afford to feed them. Sad but it happens.
    I bought my first goat from a goat lady and paid $200.00. Didnt work out for me because I didnt know how to milk and nether did the goat (first freshener). My second milker was a bred doe in milk (the BEST way to go) and the lady who sold her to me (she knows who she is) taught me how to milk. I did much better after that and was able to milk my first goat after she freshened again. PERSONALLY if you dont know what youre doing and want a pet goat to learn on, I would suggest a WEATHER. ONE. One weather will bond to you and be just like a puppy, where two will bond to each other and get into a lot of trouble and ignore you. YES, they like alot of attention.....thats not a BAD thing. There is nothing wrong with having a weather as a barnyard mascot. I had one once that we never even bothered to pen. It just went anywhere the dog went. Even rode the four wheeler with my little sister. Yeah...goats are that amazing.
    I do not sell my goat doe kids for under $100.00, and I know alot of people who sell them for a LOT more. Just check out the ads in the back of the goat mags and papers to see. It'll make your eyes bug out and make those $100.00 goats look ALOT better to you.

    Good Luck!
  7. Caprice Acres

    Caprice Acres AKA "mygoat" Staff Member Supporter

    Mar 6, 2005
    I have had this problem too. I don't want a fancy 500 + dollar meat goat or milk goat, but for some reason i just can't find an animal for an affordable price. I think the most I would pay is 100.00. I did finally find a place where I can get the grade nubian doelings I have been looking for for 80.00 ea. I think I will just breed her to my pygmies and use the wethers as meat kids and the does as milkers (kinders!)

    SHELBY Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2003
    We got all of our goats at the auction, Couldn't afford to pay what people were wanting.

    Our first spanish goats
    buck was $30 got him when he was 3 months old. Got Matty 3 weeks later for $5. Yes she suckered us in, she had a dislocated shoulder that hasn't slowed her down a bit. Bred the 2 of them and Matty gave us a little doe Mandy that looks just like her daddy. Matty is now 4 years old and Mandy is almost 3.

    Our nest batch bought about 5 months ago.
    Dori a fainting goat, Tassie and Montana are pygmies, we paid $11 each for them. A local elderly couple had these 3 and couldn't care for them any longer.

    With the exception of Matty's shoulder, we have had no health or physical problems with buying them at the auction.

    So as you can tell I'm not against buying animals at an auction, but you should do some research on the type of animal you are looking for like ailments, symptoms, and diseases, to be well prepared to know what you are looking for when you are buying..

    If you do this research first you should be fine buying at an auction.
  9. yarddog4jc

    yarddog4jc Well-Known Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    Tallahassee, Florida
    I just paid $100.00 for a pregnant doe and a two month old buck. The doe had three kids, one died and left us with 1 doeling and 1 buckling. 4 for the price of two. I think the lady liked me and all my youngins. The local auction had some pitiful looking animals and the owners were scarce so you could not ask questions. The auctions were going anywhere from $30.00 to $130.00 depending on breed and shape.
  10. homebirtha

    homebirtha Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Auctions will be the cheapest place to get them, but I wouldn't recommend buying there. You can get lucky like Shelby did, but more then likely, you'll end up with sick animals. If not today, then six months down the road. Folks who have CAE, CL or Johnes in their herds will sell their animals at auction, because it's an easy way to get rid of them. You will most likely end up buying someone else's problems.

    Here's how I look at it. Yes, $100 might seem like a lot spend on animals you're not going to show, or sell. But you're investing that money in this goat, plus all her future offspring (if she's a milker). Don't forget you need to breed her every year to get milk.

    Check with local dairies, breeders, etc. They often will have animals they're not thrilled with (or a lot of bucklings) that you can get inexpensively.
  11. wilded

    wilded Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2002
    Here are the prices meat goats brought around Texas last week. These prices are per hundred pounds or converted = range of 1.20 to 1.60 price per pound.

    Goats: Estimated 45 percent of total receipts.
    All sold per hundred weight (cwt) unless otherwise specified.

    Slaughter Classes:
    Kids: Selection 1 25-40 lbs 120.00-135.00; 40-60 lbs 140.00-
    160.00, set 164.00; 60-80 lbs 135.00-150.00; 80-100 lbs 90.00-115.00.
    Selection 1-2 25-40 lbs 110.00-120.00; 40-60 lbs 120.00-140.00; 60-80 lbs 115.00-135.00. Selection 2 25-40 lbs 100.00-110.00; 40-60 lbs 100.00-
    120.00; 60-80 lbs 100.00-115.00.
    Nannies/Does: 80-130 lbs 55.00-65.00; 130-180 lbs 42.00-55.00;
    thin 70-115 lbs 40.00-55.00.
    Billies/BX: 100-150 lbs 60.00-90.00; 150-250 lbs 50.00-65.00.

    Slaughter Classes:
    Kids: Selection 1: 20-45 lbs 125.00-138.00, 45-60 lbs 130.00-152.00, 60-80
    lbs 130.00-155.00.
    Nannies: 70-130 lbs 50.00-65.00.
    Billies: 90-200 lbs 73.00-82.00.
    Muttons: Selection 1: 90-130 lbs 85.00-110.00.

    Replacement Classes: Kids: Selection 1: fancy 35-70 lbs 130.00-140.00.
    Nannies: Selection 1: 80-120 lbs 80.00-110.00.
    Selection 2: 70.00-80.00.

    Stock and Feeder Goats: 25-35 lbs 115.00-125.00.
    Slaughter Classes:
    Kids: Selection 1: 20-45 lbs 127.00-135.00, set to 159.00; 45-60 lbs 133.00-
    158.00, 60-80 lbs 135.00-151.00, set to 158.00.
    Selection 2: 60-80 lbs 100.00-114.00.
    Nannies: 70-130 lbs 50.00-64.00.
    Billies: 100-150 lbs 75.00-83.00, light set to 88.00.
    Muttons: Selection 1: 85-120 lbs 80.00-95.00.

    Replacement Classes: Kids: Selection 1: fancy nanny kids 50-80 lbs 123.00-
    Nannies: Selection 1: 75-120 lbs 90.00-122.00.
    Selection 2: 65.00-90.00.
    Pairs: 39.00-52.00 per head.
    Billies: Selection 1: 145-180 lbs 90.00-115.00.

    Stock and Feeder Goats: 20-40 lbs 126.00-140.00.
  12. mpillow

    mpillow Well-Known Member Supporter

    Jan 24, 2003
    You dont have to spend big bucks to get decent milk and meat for home purposes....I got my first goat in 2001...she had just had a single buckling and was a cull from a dairy herd...alpine/toggy cross she gave 1 gallon a day was tiny teated and none to nice about being milked. Then a friend of a friend was reducing his dairy herd of Nubians...sold me his oldest used milker and her twin doelings for $100 Apr2002 (I fell in LOVE...awesome personality and we bottle fed the doelings). Bred my two nannies to grade Nubian I rented for $50....Nubian had trips(2does and buck) and Alpine toggy had a single girl.We kept the doelings and sold grade nubian buckling($100). The next year I used the same nubian buck for $75 and bred two older nanies and twin doelings and sold 5 doelings for $ of the first fresheners died from accident(we ate her) and old Nubian nanny died early winter.....bucklings have gone for meat as well...we used milk to raise a calf to 6m and 450-500# and got lots of meat from him for alot less than what registered meat goats cost....

    Not counting feed and vetrinary...just animals...I've spent $175 on does in milk and $125 for breeding fees and sold $650 in 6 years....the feed is expensive and the vetting we are learning to do ourselves in true homesteader spirit....
    I do want to find a dairy/meat cross (Sired by dairy to meat dam) buck....I think it would produce a good combo for the homestead...most breed the boer buck to dairy doe :shrug:
  13. billygoatridge

    billygoatridge Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2004
    There are good affordable meat and dairy goats out there. Several people have commercial meat goat opperations that have good goats but they don't have time or inclination to show so can buy their stock at market price. Even though you don't want to show, at least try to see some of the goats relatives. I don't like getting out in the ring( stage fright?) but I don't want goats with udders that drag the ground(been there), so I usually buy a buck with show champion bloodlines or good linear appraisal scores. What part of Indiana do you live in? I'll be having some kids for sale in another month or two. I have dairy goats and some kids out of a boer/kiko buck.
  14. Laura Workman

    Laura Workman (formerly Laura Jensen) Supporter

    May 10, 2002
    Lynnwood, Washington
    I think if you can get a nice doeling for $100, you're doing fine. But of course, that also depends on what part of the country you're in. I bought my first milk goat for $200, and she paid herself off in the milk she produced within the first 6 months I had her. Registrations aren't really all that special, except that you can make a better guess at what how the kid is going to turn out by knowing what her parents and grandparents are like. Also, registered kids sell for more money. But if you just want a decent milk goat, and can get a promising, unregistered doeling for $100, from a herd that does health testing, I'd do it.