Costs & Returns
Buildings, housing: Very variable, high if starting from scratch.
Generally similar to those for sheep dairying.
Stock: £175 - £250/head (mature does 50 - 60 kg). Parlour & milking
equipment: A single abreast parlour with feed manager for 12 or more goats costs
about £13,000 to install. Pasteurising & carton sealing machine costs about
Other: Fencing, machinery, gates, feeding racks, water supply and working
capital (up to one year).
Variable costs range between £110 - £205/head. This includes for concentrates
(£40-£75), forage (£40-£80), vet & med (£20 - £25), straw (£10 - £20),
miscellaneous (£5 - £10). Additional transport costs to delivery point or retail
- Milk: £0.35 - £0.55 per litre wholesale (retail sales may fetch £1.00 -
£1.20 per litre).
- Cull stock - £20/head.
- Meat - £25/head.
Gross margins £30 - £160/head (milk only) depending on yeild and milk
quality. This will be higher if the milk is processed. Very vulnerable to price
variation and having a market for the product.