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Margie Fortune

  • Joined Aug 2020
Who can move my goats?
« on: August 03, 2020, 03:15:53 pm »
I am looking for a company that can transport 4 x goats and 4 x kids from Norfolk to Kilmelford, Argyll.
It's proving to be quite difficult finding a company willing or able to take on such a small load for a journey of at least 8.5 hours.
Any help, leads, suggestions or contacts would be very welcome. Many thanks.


  • Joined Mar 2014
Re: Who can move my goats?
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2020, 01:29:29 pm »
eric gillie horse transporters take goats as well as many haulage companys If  goats sold through sell my livestock website they can arrange haulage. They do online instant quotes but phoning them they will try and source part load which will be alot cheaper,
BUT considering the distance you have, will cost a hell of alot.
I am in Aberdeenshire and someone in wales was trying to buy my goats they were quoted 1800 and another quote from me to rugby was 110! must been part load then they were too late and quoted 950 In the end  someone from Isle of Skye bought them and come over for them himself. Previously approx quotes from Aberdeen to North of England around 250


  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Who can move my goats?
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2020, 04:14:39 pm »
Can you not take them yourself? As long as you do not keep your goats for business you do not need one of the certificates for competence - I have taken goats (my own) from South of Scotland to near Land's End in Cornwall with no problems/questions asked - and I did fill in the forms correctly. Several times.

If you don't have one - hire a small van, lay it out with a tarpaulin, nice absorbent bedding, or see if you can hire a livestock trailer, even a small IW P6 (can be towed behind most cars) will be big enough, if you don't have your own. A couple of breaks for feeding and water (take buckets etc with you), plus have a hayrack up, and you are good to go. Subdivide the trailer into two pens if possible, so kids are separate form adults. If you are worried about heat etc, set off in the evening and travel through the night.

You may want a friend or other driver to accompany you, though I have done the journey by myself and slept ovenright in my van on the buyers field....

But then I do love a long drive in my van....


  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Who can move my goats?
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2020, 10:08:47 am »
I'm with Talana and Anke.  I'm Aberdeenshire and when I bought goats in Doncaster, I drove down through the day, slept overnight and drove back early the following morning.  No "commercial aspect" to the keeping and therefore the transport regulations don't apply (but the movement regulations do).  I borrowed a nice Ifor Williams sheep trailer off a friend for the trip (was larger than I needed for the number of goats I was fetching, but allowed me to have space for "stuff" like spare straw, hay and somewhere to sleep.

If you don't have a trailer, then either a hire van or a hire trailer (if you have a tow-bar and are confident to tow).  If you can't find someone hiring a sheep trailer, then you may find a horse box will do the job and there are many more companies around that hire those out - often for weekends to enable someone to attend a show so you could get a good deal given that the showing season has predominantly been cancelled this year!

Eric Gillies has a good reputation both with horses and goats and is likely to have wagons on the route regularly so it should be relatively easy to get a slot.

Christine Ball may also be worth a shot.  You'll find her on the goaty groups on Facebook.  Not sure if she's still doing transport regularly, but I know in the past she's done a lot of transport right throughout Europe.  She's great with the animals and a lovely person so it may be worth messaging her to see if she's interested.
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  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Who can move my goats?
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2020, 01:12:38 pm »
All good stuff above. Remember towing and trailer test requirements apply to everyone. As we approach autumn sheep sales time there will be a lot of stock moving around so if you can wait a bit I'm sure that you can get on a transport wagon. Perhaps make some enquiries with your local auction or auction in Norfolk area.


  • Joined Oct 2010
Re: Who can move my goats?
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2020, 10:18:13 pm »
I am wanting a single rare breed cow moving 177 miles. I was quoted the standard price of £1/mile there and back ie £375. I expected to pay a lot less as I wasn't wanting an exclusive return journey for one animal. So I went on Facebook - Animal Hauliers forum and got quoted half that, ie for a one way journey, as the driver was coming up to my area anyway to collect some sheep.
So it's well worth asking around in the relevant place.
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