Current Prices Of Goats In South Africa

Goats play a vital role in South Africa’s economy, particularly for those in the restaurant business serving popular dishes like “isi ewu”, goat meat pepper soup, and “asun”. For aspiring goat farmers, understanding the current market prices is crucial. This article provides a comprehensive breakdown of goat prices across South Africa in 2024.

Factors Affecting Goat Prices

Several key factors influence the price of goats in South Africa:

  1. Goat breed or type
  2. Height and size of the goat
  3. Location of sale (northern vs southern regions)
  4. Time of sale (festive season vs off-peak)

Goat Breeds in South Africa

South Africa is home to a diverse range of goat breeds, categorized into two main types:

  1. Local Breeds
    • Red Sokoto Goats (Maradi Goats)
    • Sahelian Goats
    • West African Dwarf Goats
    • Pygmy Goats
  2. Foreign/Exotic Breeds
    • Boer Goats
    • Alpine Goats
    • Anglo-Nubian Goats

Each breed has unique characteristics suited for different purposes such as meat, milk, or leather production.

Current Goat Prices (2024)

The table below summarizes the average price ranges for goats in different regions of South Africa in 2024:

Region Price Range (ZAR)
Northern South Africa (Limpopo, Gauteng, North West, etc.) 1,500 – 3,500
Southern South Africa (Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, etc.) 3,000 – 6,000

Note: Prices are subject to change based on market conditions and individual goat characteristics.

In northern regions like Limpopo, Gauteng, and North West, goat prices typically range from R1,500 to R3,500. Southern areas such as Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal see higher prices, with goats selling between R3,000 and R6,000 or more.

When budgeting for a goat purchase, consider the specific breed, size, and intended purpose. Prices tend to be highest during festive seasons due to increased demand.

Investing in Goat Farming

For those considering venturing into goat farming in South Africa, thorough research and planning are essential. Factors to consider include:

  • Selecting the appropriate breed for your goals
  • Ensuring adequate space, shelter, and fencing
  • Providing proper nutrition and veterinary care
  • Understanding market demand and pricing trends

Goat farming can be a profitable and rewarding enterprise with the right knowledge and approach.


Goat prices in South Africa vary based on breed, size, location, and time of year. As of 2024, prices range from R1,500 to over R6,000, with southern regions typically seeing higher costs. For those in the restaurant business or interested in goat farming, staying informed about current market prices is key to making smart investment decisions.

By understanding the factors influencing goat prices and carefully planning your venture, you can successfully navigate the goat market in South Africa and achieve your business goals.

For the latest goat pricing information and expert advice on starting a goat farming business, visit the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development’s official website.

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