We’ve never yet owned any dairy goats, but after our old Jersey cow (Nana) died in February, we decided to give them a try since we’ll have to wait until next year for fresh cow milk anyway. We will be adding 2 Nubian does (already in milk) and a Nubian buck to our farm around Mother’s Day and will begin collecting and using fresh goat milk here on the farm.
As always, we sought good does and a better buck–all purebred, registered and show-quality–and found them locally for just under $900. It may seem like a significant investment…and it is. However, whenever the cost of farm animals iw considered, we have to consider the fruits. These ladies will provide us with close to 2 gallons of naturally homogenized milk daily for the next 8 months. If we do some math and consider the cost of 2 gallons of store milk ($4/gal) times 30 days/month we end up gaining $240.00 worth of milk each month here on the farm. Multiply that times 8 months of milking and you’re pressing towards $2,000 in milk. Plus, they’re going to reproduce and do it all over again next year…and the next year…and the next. Makes $900 seem pretty cheap huh? Welcome to farm economics.