Horses, Cows and Goats…


Bacardibest

Hmmm, I was pondering today the cost comparison between feeding a horse or goats, so I decided to do a little research.  It turns out that the difference is not as great as I thought, but depending on the needs of your family, the goat may give you more for your $.  =)

Here are the results:

  • A quarter horse at 1100# will eat about 22# of hay per day.  That’s about $52/month
  • A jersey cow at 900# will eat about 23# of hay per day and produce 2 gallons/day on average for $52/month or 87¢/gallon
  • A full size dairy goat at 160# will eat about 7# of hay per day and produce a gallon/day on average for $15.60/month or 52¢/gallon
  • A nigerian dwarf goat at 80# will eat about 3.5# of hay per day and produce ½ gallon/day on average for $7.80/month or 52¢/gallon

*These numbers do not include supplemental feeds such as minerals, grains, herbs, etc, but with the cost of organic milk at $8/gallon you could feasibly feed another $50/month in oats, minerals and wormer and still only spend $2-3 per gallon

This means for the same price to feed one horse their hay, you can feed

  • 1 cow and have 2 gallons of milk per day
  •  3-4 full size dairy goats and have 3-4 gallons of milk per day
  • OR
  • 6-7 nigerian dwarf goats and have 3-3.5 gallons of milk per day

Better yet, with only 2 full sized goats or 3 nigerian dwarf goats you can cut the cost down to less than half while still having 1.5 to 2 gallons of milk per day for your family!  That’s a lot of milk for making kefir, yogurt, cheese, ice cream, baking and drinking with cookies.  Yum!  (for the best tasting milk, I highly recommend the Nigerian Dwarf breed!)

Further benefits… goat milk is easier to digest.  No hormones or chemicals in your milk.  The sweet relationship with your goat.  The joy of producing your own products!

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