Another nasty day Sat sale day- started as we were unloading the first goats Sat morning and got worse all day. NE winds, heavy rains, cold- we just can’t seem to get a nice day but we sell ‘em what ever the weather. We had 30 head dropped off Fri afternoon and ended with 162 head. We had a few good goats but lots of skinny poor animals- probably worst bunch we’ve had overall in a long time or maybe ever. If you were in the market for older skinny(skin & bones) we had those Sat. We had a guy who used to buy those and he’d take them and pasture them all summer and fatten then up and sell in the fall. Said he usually made money but figured they didn’t cost him even if he broke even cause what he saved not using his tractor, diesel, or herbicides and his time and exposure to herbicides that the goats were the best deal. Someone once told us that there is a place for all animals, even the oldest stinky billy- somebody will want him.
We had quite a few goats- lots of mixed breeds and lots of older skinny goats, a few pygmies, had quite a few hair sheep- pretty mixed bag- some old some young, some x bred wool/hair sheep, and a few wool sheep. The market was still down hopefully they will get all the show stock that was put on the market recently thru the pipeline for Easter sales and prices will return. There are several ethnic holidays coming up the first part of May so maybe that will bring the market back.
The average price takes ALL into account not just the best ones. Weight, amount of meat on the frame, health, looks, market demand, age, and color even makes a difference. A nanny’s bag makes a difference. It is an auction and what ever someone will give is what it sells for.