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Re: But is an auction a good place to get a goat?
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Posted by Helene on June 25, 2001 at 17:50:45:

In Reply to: Re: But is an auction a good place to get a goat? posted by Linda F on June 25, 2001 at 07:58:01:

I am not familiar with the private auctions but will be soon enough We belong to the Boer Goat Association here in town, and my husband is on the committee for the goat auction comming up. We have found these people so nice, helpful and very friendly, we have made a few friends and also found some really great breeders! I am also interested in joining an association for Lamancha's or dairy goats, I just have not had time to look into it yet. I have my one Lamancha baby and intend on getting a few more. I would like to be able to show her and get her into competitions, and do intend on milking her when it comes time.

We had a very bad experience with goats from the stock barn auctions. We had picked up a couple of white brush goats, we are beginers and were experimenting with different breeds. We like the white brush goats, we had some already from someone we had purchased, and of course my husband likes the registered boers. Anyway it is my experience that the goats from regular stock barn auctions come dirty and unkept, my husband came home with a few one day, one was a little baby that was not even wheened from her mother yet, she was too young, she came with a goat that was suppose to have been her mother, but she was not, of course the first thing I did was take it and clean it up and bottle feed it. But on top of that these goats seemed to have been comming down with pink eye. We kept them in quaranteen, treated them for the pink eye, cleaned them up and took them back to the auction house. They were skiddish, and just plain filthy. I cannot believe how some people take care of their animals, they had mud caked all over them and in their noses..no telling if they were carrying anything they were just a mess, the poor things.

I think a lot of people who buy at those stock barn auctions buy for one purpose only and that is for processing. (I hate that word, I wish someone would give me a better one) Atleast that is the way it seems here.

I would much rather buy from someone I know, so this way I know how the animals were treated and raised. I have a friend who raises Nubians and she has given us a name of a breeder with a great rep. and the breeders who sold us our Lamancha is also great, we met them at the goat show we attended and was known by some people my husband knew in the Boer Goat Association.




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