Cost of Bottle Feeding A Bottle Baby

We receive at least a phone call a week from someone looking for assistance in bottle feeding a kid. We normally tell them what we do, what formula we use, and some of the methods we use to get the kids on a bottle. We are not experts at the bottle feeding, but we have had some experience. The dairy folks have had years of experience in bottle feeding, using the Lambar feeder, and the entire operation; but since the dairy folk do not share information with the meat folk, I’m going to share.

On our web site we have articles about the formula, how to get a baby to start nursing on a bottle, not to over feed, etc.

But, what is the COST of bottle feeding a baby goat?

It is only a little baby and he/she is sooo cute and for some reason his/her mother cannot or will not raise it. In making the decision to start a kid on the bottle, unless your goats are “pets”, cost should enter into the calculation.

We use a Formula of Whole Milk, Cultured Buttermilk and Evaporated Milk.

 

Cost per Container

Ounce per Container

Cost per Ounce

Whole Milk

$2.84

128

$0.022

Cultured Buttermilk

$1.90

64

$0.030

Evaporated Milk

$0.67

12

$0.056

Prices as of March 2007

Amount in Formula

Whole Milk

108 oz

$0.02

$2.40

Cultured Buttermilk

8 oz

$0.03

$0.24

Evaporated Milk

12 oz

$0.06

$0.67

Cost of mixed gallon at the above prices

128 oz

 

$3.30

Estimate *

Daily Feeding

Days of Feeding

Ounces

Times / day

Ounces per day

Total Ounces

6 Days

10

8

80

480

12 Days

20

5

100

1200

12 Days

30

4

120

1440

30 Days

40

3

120

3600

30 Days

40

2

80

2400

Total number of ounces of formula per grow out.

9120

Total number of Gallons

71

Cost to feed a bottle baby

$ 235.39

* Each bottle baby is different. Some take more / less at individual feedings. And some require more / less feedings per day.

 

We have bottle fed bucklings and doelings. When we sell breeding stock, we get between $300 and $500 for our bucklings and $400 to $1000 or so for our doelings. If the plan is to sell that cute little thing at weaning for meat, a positive return on our investment cannot be expected. Therefore, each time the situation comes up, we have to decide if the effort is worth the cost.





Ken and Pat Motes
Clear Creek Farms
33 South Clear Creek Road
Fall River, Tennessee 38468
Phone: (931) 852-2167
Fax: (931) 852-2168


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