Domestic goats in South Africa are a species typically kept as livestock. The goat is a member of the animal family Bovidae and the subfamily Caprinae, meaning it is closely related to the sheep. There are over 300 distinct breeds of goat. It is one of the oldest domesticated species of animal, according to archaeological evidence.
Goats in Cape Town have been used for milk, meat, fur, soap, and skins across much of the world. Milk from goats is often turned into goat cheese. Female goats are referred to as does or nannies, intact males are called bucks or billies, and juvenile goats of both sexes are called kids.
Where Can I Buy Goats in South Africa?
Goats in South Africa can be found locally. Their quality will differ depending on the breeder in your area. It’s best to find a specialized goat breeder if you are looking for higher-quality varieties.
How Much Do Goats Cost in South Africa?
All Goat prices vary depending on breed, location, and age. For this post, we will focus on the average Goat price in South Africa. The price for a single goat can vary from R2200 – R3500. Male goats (Bucks) are more expensive. This is due to the fact that they have a greater influence on flock numbers. The male goats are able to impregnate many females, while the females are only able to produce offspring once in a certain amount of time. Female goats range from R2000 – R3000. Higher-quality female goats can range from R3200– R6000.
Types of Goat Breeds in South Africa
There are many different breeds to choose from. To figure out the difference between the goat breeds, milking, meat, cultural significance, skin, etc. need to be looked at. Below is a list of the most common types.
- Mbuzi indigenous goat – Fibre (Cashmere)
- Gorno Altai Goat – Fibre (Cashmere)
- Saffer Goat – Fibre (Cashmere)
- Angora Goat – Fibre (Mohair)