How Much Do Farm Animals Cost?

Raising farm animals needs thorough planning.  You will want to know what kind of animals you’re going to raise, the budget you would like to spend, as well as the availability of the space you will be utilizing.

Usually, the decision lies on what kind of farm animals you prefer to have.  These animals can be grouped into dairy animals, such as the cow and goat, or poultry animals, such as chicken, turkey or duck.  There are also animals that are used for transportation such as horses and donkeys.

Sheep by dew drop157, on Flickr
Sheep” (CC BY 2.0) by dew drop157

How much is it?

Type of Farm AnimalCostPurpose
Alpaca$2,500 to $10,000, depending on age, fleece color and condition.milk, meat and transportation
Buffalo$1,200 to $2,500meat and milk
Chicken$2-$12 per bird, depending on type/breed.meat and eggs
Cow$750 up to $2,000 meat
Dairy Cow$750 up to $2,000. A Jersey, for example, (bred back to a Jersey bull) can cost around $850 to $1,500.milk
Donkey$500 to $2,000meat and transportation
Ducklings $3 to $9eggs and meat
Emu$150 to $300 per chick, depending on age.meat
Goats$50-$250 depending on the age, breed and the inclusion and non-inclusion of registration.milk and meat
Goslings $10 to $50meat and eggs
Honey Bee$100 per three poundshoney, wax and pollination
Horses $1,000 to $25,000, depending on age, thoroughbred and seller.transportation
Laying hens$15 to $20 eacheggs
Pig$300 to $600meat
Rabbit$5 to $60meat
Sheep $100 to $700meat, milk and wool
Turkeys$6 to $13meat

What is going to be included?

What are the extra costs?

Tips to know

How can I save money?

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