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    10-25-2012, 08:01 PM
Question Goats? Cost ?

I'm really really interested in a goat and I was really curious about the normal price range for a goat. :)
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    10-25-2012, 08:04 PM
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Initial purchase or general upkeep? What kind of goat do you want?
    10-25-2012, 08:07 PM
Initial purchase. Still deciding on a goat breed though
    10-25-2012, 10:00 PM
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Majority of goats I see on craigslist are 60-100 for pet quality, not show quality. A bag of show feed cost me 17 bucks, just to give you a reference. You should feed 3 pounds of feed per 100 pounds of goat. A pair of hoof clippers is about 12 bucks, and yes they are amazingly easy to clip. Then you just have forage and such. You can pick up some wormer super cheap that will last you literally months. Any other questions just let me know :)
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    10-25-2012, 10:04 PM
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The breed will have some impact on your purchase cost - simply as some breeds will be more or less readily available in a given area and the cost will reflect that. Are you looking for a goat just to have or for show?
    10-26-2012, 12:48 AM
For show since im in FFA and I have like 3 more years of showing in FFA left :)
    10-26-2012, 02:05 AM
Green Broke
Okay for a show worthy boer goat, the minimum I would spend for a local show is 300. If its for a state show, like the Houston rodeo that has literally a thousand goats, I'd spend at least 500. Do you have an ag teacher/leader? My ag teacher would buy the animals for us if we wanted. I however chose to buy 90% of mine on my own. If you're buying on your own, do a lot of research! Know what's popular in your area right now, because the ideal goat does change from year to year.
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    10-26-2012, 09:06 PM
Yes once my ag teacher gets back from national convention I'm going to talk to him about getting a goat. I'm thinking of a Pygmy goat .
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    10-27-2012, 01:14 PM
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I don't believe FFA does any other breed than boer, at least in my area. FFA is tailored to ag production. Which animal can bring the most meat to the table? That is what you are being judged on. No other goat breed yields meat like a boer does. My ag treacher would murder me before I brought a pygmy goat into the barn lol. If you were looking at other breeds, 4H would be the route you'd probably go.
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    10-27-2012, 01:36 PM
Goats need REALLY good fencing.
You don't need your neighbors mad at you...trust me on this one. Lol.

And, they like to be with other herd animals.
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