What Are Some Costs Associated With Caring for Goats?

What Are Some Costs Associated With Caring for Goats?

Costs associated with goat care include fencing, feed, shelter, hoof care and veterinary care. The initial cost to purchase a goat ranges from $75 to $300 depending on breed, temperament, sex and age. Wethers are neutered male goats and typically have a lower initial purchase price than does or bucks. New owners need current health certificates to transport their goats, and these certificates cost around $50 per animal.

Goats are curious, playful and intelligent, and require appropriate fencing to keep them contained. Fencing should be at least 6 feet tall to keep goats from jumping out. Chain link fencing is durable and keeps goats contained, but may cost between $2,500 and $10,000 to install, depending on lot size. Mesh fencing is another option. Owners can choose from 16-foot panels or rolls with 330 feet of fencing. Mesh with 4-inch squares protects goats from predators.

Goats eat 6 to 10 pounds of hay per day. A 40-pound bale lasts a goat approximately two months and costs between $3.50 and $8.25. Goats also need goat chow and yeast culture in their diets. A 50-pound bag of goat chow costs around $50, and a 50-pound bag of yeast culture costs around $40.

Small-breed goats can use a doghouse for shelter, but owners of standard-sized goats need to construct a shelter for them, which can cost between $300 and $600. Goats need bedding in their shelter, and a bale of straw costs $10 and lasts about a month.

Regular goat veterinary care costs between $50 and $250 annually. These costs include vaccinations and worming. Goats need their hooves trimmed every other month, and owners can save money by purchasing a pair of trimmers for $20 and doing the work themselves.