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LEGIT Four Ways to Make Money with Goats

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Kanvi

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I love goats. Goats are adorable and funny… but maybe that’s not the best intro for this article. Because this article will be about how to make money by raising goats. But only one item talks about producing goat meat. The rest involves making goat cheese, and using goats as living lawnmowers.

If you own a farm or have a large patch of grassland, goat farming may have crossed your mind. Hopefully, this article will convince you to finally give goat farming a try. But before I start my list, let’s discuss goat quality.

Quality is Essential

You can’t pick up a few random goats and expect them to be profitable. As with all livestock, quality is important. I recommend buying goats from reputable breeders. I also suggest checking out the websites of the American Goat Society and the International Goat, Sheep, Camelid Registry before buying.

Quality goats mean they were raised in humane conditions by knowledgeable breeders. It also means that their breed is legit.

With that out of the way, here are some ways to make money off your goats:

1. Sell the offspring

Selling kids (goats less than a year old) is one of the more profitable things you can do with your goats. Kids can be sold for hundreds of dollars, especially show-quality ones, or ones that come from a line of great milk providers.

If you go this route, I would recommend getting certified as well. You can then use your certification to distinguish your business and your goats.

2. Sell goat’s milk

A good quality dairy goat can produce up to a gallon of milk a day. You will also have to be knowledgeable about local regulations pertaining to producing and selling goat’s milk. While goat’s milk is delicious (and makes for great cheese), some states ban the sale of goat’s milk for human consumption (bummer). I recommend checking with your Food and Drug Administration (FDA) office.

The good news is there’s a demand for goat’s milk for animal consumption, such as dogs. So expect to sell a lot of it to dog breeders and pet owners.

Here are the breeds that are great milk-producers. I suggest sticking to these:

Saanen
Alpine
Nubians
Toggenburgs
Oberhaslis
Guernsey
Nigerians
La Manchas

3. Sell Goat Meat

Goat meat is a delicacy, and there’s a high demand for it in ethnic cuisine. When demand is high, so will the prices. So take advantage of this and look into selling goat meat. Around Easter and Christmas is when demand spikes. Buyers normally do the rounds of goat farms around those times. Usually, Boer goats, which are known for producing high-quality meat, fetch the highest prices.

Boer goats are one of the best breeds for meat, but you can also raise the following breeds:

Kiko
Tennessee Meat Goat
Genemaster
Texmaster
Savanna
Spanish

4. Turn Them into Living Lawnmowers!

If you haven’t noticed yet, Goats will eat everything (and anything!) in their path. So it’s not surprising that companies, such as WeRentGoats, rent out goats for the purpose of clearing vegetation. The state government of California is a frequent employer of goat lawnmowers. Goats provide a valuable service: they clear brushy areas, preventing wildfires in the process.

If this is something you’d like to do, you’ll need around 50 heads of goats. You’ll also need several sheep dogs to keep your stubborn goats in line!

Since the goats won’t be used for their milk or meat, any breed will do.

The Verdict

Raising goats is a fun, legit way to earn money! Just remember to buy goats from reputable breeders, and treat your herd humanely. If you put in the time to raise high-quality goats, the payoff can be immense!

Your Turn

This is how I made money of my goats. Now it’s your turn to share. How do you earn from your goats? Got any tips or secrets to share?

Let’s hear your stories!
 

Iroh_Spirit

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I love goats. Goats are adorable and funny… but maybe that’s not the best intro for this article. Because this article will be about how to make money by raising goats. But only one item talks about producing goat meat. The rest involves making goat cheese, and using goats as living lawnmowers.

If you own a farm or have a large patch of grassland, goat farming may have crossed your mind. Hopefully, this article will convince you to finally give goat farming a try. But before I start my list, let’s discuss goat quality.

Quality is Essential

You can’t pick up a few random goats and expect them to be profitable. As with all livestock, quality is important. I recommend buying goats from reputable breeders. I also suggest checking out the websites of the American Goat Society and the International Goat, Sheep, Camelid Registry before buying.

Quality goats mean they were raised in humane conditions by knowledgeable breeders. It also means that their breed is legit.

With that out of the way, here are some ways to make money off your goats:

1. Sell the offspring

Selling kids (goats less than a year old) is one of the more profitable things you can do with your goats. Kids can be sold for hundreds of dollars, especially show-quality ones, or ones that come from a line of great milk providers.

If you go this route, I would recommend getting certified as well. You can then use your certification to distinguish your business and your goats.

2. Sell goat’s milk

A good quality dairy goat can produce up to a gallon of milk a day. You will also have to be knowledgeable about local regulations pertaining to producing and selling goat’s milk. While goat’s milk is delicious (and makes for great cheese), some states ban the sale of goat’s milk for human consumption (bummer). I recommend checking with your Food and Drug Administration (FDA) office.

The good news is there’s a demand for goat’s milk for animal consumption, such as dogs. So expect to sell a lot of it to dog breeders and pet owners.

Here are the breeds that are great milk-producers. I suggest sticking to these:

Saanen
Alpine
Nubians
Toggenburgs
Oberhaslis
Guernsey
Nigerians
La Manchas

3. Sell Goat Meat

Goat meat is a delicacy, and there’s a high demand for it in ethnic cuisine. When demand is high, so will the prices. So take advantage of this and look into selling goat meat. Around Easter and Christmas is when demand spikes. Buyers normally do the rounds of goat farms around those times. Usually, Boer goats, which are known for producing high-quality meat, fetch the highest prices.

Boer goats are one of the best breeds for meat, but you can also raise the following breeds:

Kiko
Tennessee Meat Goat
Genemaster
Texmaster
Savanna
Spanish

4. Turn Them into Living Lawnmowers!

If you haven’t noticed yet, Goats will eat everything (and anything!) in their path. So it’s not surprising that companies, such as WeRentGoats, rent out goats for the purpose of clearing vegetation. The state government of California is a frequent employer of goat lawnmowers. Goats provide a valuable service: they clear brushy areas, preventing wildfires in the process.

If this is something you’d like to do, you’ll need around 50 heads of goats. You’ll also need several sheep dogs to keep your stubborn goats in line!

Since the goats won’t be used for their milk or meat, any breed will do.

The Verdict

Raising goats is a fun, legit way to earn money! Just remember to buy goats from reputable breeders, and treat your herd humanely. If you put in the time to raise high-quality goats, the payoff can be immense!

Your Turn

This is how I made money of my goats. Now it’s your turn to share. How do you earn from your goats? Got any tips or secrets to share?

Let’s hear your stories!
While, raising goats sounds like a lot of fun, I am not sure I would be up to the task. I don't really know how to take care of goats, nor do I know the first thing about goat herding.
 

ruthmongare

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Am aware that livestock keeping is very marketable but I have never had any interest in any because first it entails a lot of work in deed,secondly you must have enough capital to start the business and finally its time consuming.Anyway good luck with the business.
 

June

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Okay, I am going to pause long enough to type this before I burst out laughing again. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be reading a thread on HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH GOATS in a forum about earning some online bucks!

:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::LOL::LOL::LOL:

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Now that I’ve gotten my breath back, I can kind of think clearly about how this could be a viable way to make some extra income. I don’t drink goat’s milk, never handled one (nor a kid, for that matter), or don’t think I would ever want to taste goat’s meat. And our lawnmower already does a good job of keeping our front yard neat and trimmed, thank you very much.

But since I love the scent and feel of goat’s milk soap (bought some at an artisanal and organic pop up shop near my kids’ school), I figured this is something I can think of doing if I get the capital for it. I’m thinking of asking the pop-up vendors about who to get a reliable goat’s milk supply from, and after learning the craft of soap-making (or saponification, as my daughter haughtily tells me), maybe I can have a thriving little business to look forward to.
 

Naomi

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This is a legit way to make money! That’s what my pops said. :D

He used to own a farm, and he raised a lot of goats. Apparently, goats are a bit more low maintenance than other livestock. While he used to raise goats for meat, he eventually phased out that side of his business. I used to joke that the goats had won him over, and he did not deny it, haha.

He eventually decided to use his goats for milk only. This was around the early 2000s, right around the time when “artisanal” and “single-origin” stuff started to become trendy. With that trend came a great demand for goat milk. It is not hard to see why: I was practically raised on goat milk, and that stuff is delicious. Cheese made from goat milk is particularly good. So my dad made a good bit of cash selling goat milk to cheese makers and fancy chefs.

Since the goats were not being used for meat, he ended up with a lot of goats. Enter his next earning method: petting zoo. Goats are naturally gregarious animals. They love putting on a show and interacting with kids (as long as the kids aren’t noisy – some goats are known to play dead when stressed out).
 

Amos

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This has to be the coolest, most awesome way to make money. But I think it requires quite a bit of commitment and dedication. I’ve handled quite a few goats, and while they are indeed cute, intelligent, curious, and all-around awesome creatures, they are also pretty stubborn and temperamental. Oh, and there’s that pretty distinct goat smell to contend with – that smell seems to get everywhere, if you spend enough time with goats. So it isn’t all fun and games with goats, no matter how cute baby goats look while wearing pyjamas. That isn’t to say that raising goats can’t be a fun, rewarding and lucrative endeavor – because it sure can. You just have to go into this business knowing what to expect – even if sometimes, you won’t know what to expect, haha. What can I say? Them goats can be plenty unpredictable. Of course, I’m not speaking as a professional goat farmer. I’ve only seen the goat farming business from afar. But that’s just my observation. Hopefully, anyone who wants to get into this cool side hustle does their homework first, since they’ll be responsible for the lives of their goats, not just their own. Good luck to anyone who wants to raise goats to earn money!
 
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