Ok, I have posted before on this topic... but I'm now a little closer to my goal. These are calculations that I did: Goat Keeping Expenses Bedding straw @ €15 – 20 per bale Forage hay @ €25 - €35 per bale Grain Gain @ €10.30 per sack, Q Care @ €8.15 per sack Vet €140 approx per year Petrol @ 50c per mile Stud fees €50 - €80 per goat Misc for example collars @ €6 each Medication wormers, vaccines etc. Income Kids Males @ €40 - €100 or use for meat Females @ €150 each Milk For own use For sale at €1.50 per litre For a male Initial price €250 for HB registered yearling, €350 for purebred kid This year we spent: €50 per stud fee (two goats = €100) €35 per trip to Carlow Trips: 2 for Demi = €75, and (so far) 5 for Harmony (and we don’t know if she’s in kid) = €175 Total expenditure for getting the goats in kid = €350 4 goats in 1 month getting through approx ½ bale of straw (€18), 1 bale of hay (€30) average prices 1 in-milk goat eating 1kg grain per day (€10.30 for 25kg = 5 wks food) Therefore grain cost per day (lactating goat) = 25c Total forage/bedding cost per goat per day = 33c Total base cost per goat per day = 58c Ok say 1 collar per year €6 Vet bill for 1 goat per year €35 (we paid circa €280 for average 4 goats for 2 years, therefore 140 per year, 35 per goat) Base cost per year €206.48 (58c per day multiplied by 365) Misc €20 (random figure for extras) This cost is /not/ applicable to a buck. A buck would only get grain while in rut which is from approx August – January, and would get 0.5kg grain approx per day while in rut. That’s 91kg of grain. I would give him the cheap grain which is €8 per 25kg (as he doesn’t need the protein, just the energy). Cost = €29.12 Approx 8c per day, plus forage/bedding of 33c Base cost for 1 buck per year €150 Therefore… a buck may cost up to €211 per year to keep. We are spending, per year, on stud fees & petrol alone, circa €350 Adding €50 per year for 5 years to pay for the initial buck cost brings us up to €261. Therefore it is cheaper – and handier – to keep our own buck on the property.