Delivery (by Owlhaven) to California and Neighboring States
- For the last ten years I have been doing delivery on essentially a donation basis, asking people to contribute a fair amount for their share of the gas. Sometimes I got $50-150, sometimes nothing.
- In the last few years my business has grown to the point where I have needed to rent cargo vans for delivery purposes. This is safer for the goats as I can provide air conditioning on hot days.
- My last delivery to the Sacramento area cost me over $900 for supplies (shavings, hay), van rental, gasoline, and a farm sitter. This does not include the value of my time (2 days RT) or meals, lodging, and incidentals. I am not trying to make a profit, but I don't want to lose money either.
- To mitigate these expenses I have traded my truck for a cargo van. At least now I won't have to pay van rental. But I still need to start covering my real expenses, including the value of my time.
- Deliveries are bundled, to reduce client costs. However, this can result in a delayed delivery date.
- For clients located within a four-hour drive, I can usually meet you halfway to reduce your costs.
- Time: $20 per hour on work status (driving, rest stops, loading, unloading)
- 2020 Federal Mileage Rate Round Trip: $.575 (gsa.gov/travel-resources POV Mileage)
- 2020 Meals & Incidentals (MIE) at the Federal Per Diem rate for the destination (gsa.gov/travel/plan-book/per-diem-rates/per-diem-rates-lookup)
- Lodging (as needed) at the Federal per diem rate (varies based on destination) - I will stay with family when I can, but given COVID, that is not always a possibility.
- I am not charging for my farm-sitting (feeding, etc.) expenses for the time on travel.
- Example: Round Trip to Atwater Feed, Atwater, CA
- Time: 12 hrs (non-stop, point to point, per google maps): 12 hrs x 20 = $240 - more with loading/unloading
- 731 miles x .575 = $420
- MIE: 1 1/2 days: $55 + 27 = $82
- Lodging: $96 (if necessary)
- $838 total - prorated across number of goats ($167.60 per goat for 5 goats)
- Client A has 3 goats: $502.80
- Client B has 2 goats: $335.20
- Comparison - UShip haulers charge .86 per mile for livestock deliveries on average: .86 x 366 mi = $315 per animal - this is in line with quotes from reputable goat haulers as well.
Other Transportation Options
- 5 Star Livestock Transport (Amy Sporna) - (630) 962-8737
- Blarney Heights Farm Transportation (Brian Gorman) - (406) 544-9219
- Nigerian Goat Express -
Airlines (not currently available)
Expenses to consider for airshipping:
- Temperature restrictions
- American restricts to non-stop
- Delta has discontinued shipping animals
- Purchase of a crate ($80-$100 est.)
- CVI - veterinary call and CVI preparation
- Airfare ($350-$500 est)
- Delivery to airport (RT) (my mileage and time) - deliveries are bundled when possible
Certificated Dairy Goat Producer
OWLHAVEN IS A CLOSED HERD