Goat farming offers: –

    • A reasonably high return on investment,
    • A tax-free income,
    • A stress-free work environment, and
    • A platform for every family member to play a role in it.

On the one hand, these above listed positive features have started to attract many city-dwelling salaried professionals towards goat farming. Most of them want to start small and eventually make goat farming as their primary occupation and their main source of income. On the other hand, goat farming being a capital-intensive, low-tech, volatile, and labour dependent industry, it demands answers to daunting questions like:

    • How, when, and where to start the farm?
    • How to or who will manage the farm?
    • What are the challenges and dynamics of commercial goat farming?
    • Is two days or 7 days’ workshop enough to gain sufficient knowledge about goat farming?
    • Do I need to quit my current job to start the farm? What if the goat farming enterprise sinks?
    • If I quit my current occupation/job, will the income from the goat farm be sufficient enough to support my current standard of living?
    • How and where to find buyers for my goats?
    • How do I ensure that I get the best price for my products?
    • What should be the size of the farm in terms of a number of goats?
    • Do I send the goats for grazing or do I stall-feed them?
    • How much of land would be required for housing and how much for fodder cultivation?
    • How to get a reliable and loyal workforce for my farm? Etc. Etc..

In this scenario, the best route to get into goat farming is one: –

    • Which does not involve risking one’s current occupation/livelihood,
    • Which does not involve spending an immense amount of money on infrastructure right at the outset, and,
    • In which proof of concept is clearly and unambiguously established.

Against this background, we at Paalaar Urban Farms are setting up a ‘You own-We maintain’ goat farming facility near Tindivanam called as Paalaar Goat Farms. This facility will have housing, labour, fodder cultivation equipment, water sources, goat farming equipment, Veterinarian service, and CCTV surveillance. Newcomers to goat farming can avail of this service to commence their sojourn into commercial farming without spending vast sums of their money on housing, infrastructure, and labour.

Newcomers wanting to get into commercial goat farming can utilize this facility: –

    1. Housing, feeding, rearing, breeding, and veterinary care for their goats.
    2. Learn the intricacies, dynamics, and challenges of goat farming by taking part in the farm’s activities during weekends, holidays, and as and when time permits.
    3. Create a source for a supplementary income.
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The services that will be made available to emerging goat farming entrepreneurs in this facility will be: –

    • Housing.
    • Fodder cultivation.
    • Feeding.
    • Professional veterinary care.
    • Assistance in procuring mother stock.
    • Assistance in sales.

In goat farming, size matters. Most goat farms primarily fail because of their size. The smaller the size, the higher the chances of failure, and the bigger the size, the higher are the chances of success. 

The commercial dynamics of goat farming is available on the below link: – 
https://paalaarurbanfarms.com/commercial-goat-farming/

Given that a farm with a minimum of 500 mother goats offers the best results, we are setting up our contractual goat rearing facility to house 1500 goats comprising of 500 Mother goats and about 1000 offspring near Tindivanam. Those interested to get into goat farming can avail of this facility to commence their sojourn into goat farming safely. The facility has been broken down into small units for ease of management and the details of this project are contained in the below given chart. Each unit will consist of some land, some mother goats, a Buck, some goat kids and some working capital.

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Goat Farming Overview

Ideally, this arrangement will yield a return on investment of 31 percent to the goat owners. To explain how we arrived at a return on investment of 31 percent, let us assume that your goat farm consists of 20 Female goats, 1 Buck, and 36 goat kids. Then the below-given chart will help you understand the calculations easily.

(Note: The value of land has not been included in the calculations since that asset has its own dynamics of appreciation.)

This ‘You own – We maintain’ facility ensures that, without spending money on infrastructure upfront and without risking their current occupation/job, newcomers wanting to get into goat farming can first establish a micro-farm in this facility, establish the proof of concept of commercial goat farming, create a supplementary income source, assess firsthand the intricacies of goat rearing and breeding and eventually expand the size of their micro-farm into a full-fledged commercial-scale goat farm.

Disclaimer: The figures provided in the charts are only an approximate and may vary depending upon breeds, season, force majeure, etc.

Frequently asked questions.

Your investment consists of two main components, namely, land and livestock. The land that you own is an immobile asset and you are only permitting us to cultivate fodder for your goats. You are neither letting it out on rent/lease to us nor are you permitting us to erect a superstructure on your land. Therefore, we see no threat to the safety and security of your immobile asset. Insofar as your goats are concerned, we would advise you to obtain a livestock insurance policy in your name. In case of a death of a goat, you would be able to get your compensation from the insurance companies. However, there is no insurance cover for goat kids till they attain 4 months of age. That is one risk that this business entails and this risk can only be mitigated to some extent through diligent care.

We hold the conviction that land is the seed in an agrarian set up. The partially controlled environment is a compulsion in commercial goat farming and therefore we are adopting the stall-fed semi-intensive feeding method on this farm. Half an acre of land in itself may not be sufficient to provide fodder for about 60 goats and we would be growing part of the fodder on our own land as well. Therefore, we may not be able to accommodate this request.

(i) The size of our goat farm is such that grazing land for a flock of this size is not available in the immediate vicinity.
(ii) We are accountable to the goat owners and, therefore, cannot risk losing goats by way of non-return from grazing.
(iii) Insurance claim requires the carcass of an animal, a postmortem report, and a death certificate and a goat lost during grazing will not be eligible for insurance compensation since there will be a carcass.

Our focus right now is on goat farming. However, each farm owner can add a few sheep to their stock. Sheep need to be grazed and therefore our responsibility will be considerably compromised with a sheep flock

Of course, you can. However: –
(i) All boarding & lodging arrangements will have to be brought by you,
(ii) You can take part in all goat farming exercises but you will not be allowed to take decisions with regard to goat farm management, and,
(iii) You will be permitted to peruse all the records pertaining to goat farming.

We will consider ourselves a success only when you start a goat farm of your own and make goat farming your primary occupation and main source of income.

Ideally, you should try to find buyers yourself and hone your marketing skills. If you require our assistance in selling your goats, we will offer all the necessary help.

Paalaar Urban Farms

In the last four years, Chennai Urban Farms has successfully created the platform for about 80 people to acquire land for a farmhouse on the outskirts of Chennai.

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Paalaar Urban Farms Pvt Ltd. Nemam Athivakkam Road, Athivakkam Village, Acharapakkam - 603301.
Phone: +91 8939 773322

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