We made the trip to San Angelo and attended 3 of the sales before we ventured home.
Friday Night Fiesta – August 29, 2014
Super nice sale facility, air-conditioned building, goats are in pens with green carpet, live video streaming on the Internet, probably the highest promoted goat sale of the year. Every consignor had photos and/or video of the sale offering. Tremendous promotion on social media sites, promoted on the internet, really nice full color catalogs of every lot available at the sale. One of the best Auctioneers in the industry, if you like auctions and haven’t ever had the opportunity to listen to C. Jason Spence, I would recommend putting that on your bucket list. This guy can sing the numbers in multiple languages and fire like a machine gun from start to finish.
The sale opened with a preview of all lots and an opportunity for each consignor to talk their lots on an open microphone that was broadcast on the Internet. There was a complimentary meal served that was delicious, an open cash bar and Mariachi Band moving throughout the building.
The sale started with the first 4 lots consigned by Mock and Hummel as a choice to take one or all four times the money. This was the first ever offering of breeding to Guns & Roses. The final bid landed at $4250 and the phone bidder took all four lots for $17,000 and the Fiesta was out of the gate real strong. The sale was as high as any in places with Tag 333 from Prather’s commanding the high seller status at $36,000. Many ask if she was worth $36,000 – she was by many accounts the best doe there, in my opinion, that is hard to say because there were some proven producers with a history of being generators sold that did not bring near as much. Was the Prather doe impressive, YES- Very! – worth $36,000 – yes, that was the final bid price and she did go to a new home – there were hands flying in the mid twenties on that doe and at least two progressive breeders followed her to the final bid price – I hope she goes home and generates for the new owner. There were a few buys during the sale, Fleming sales a doe kid for $900 that will make the new owner excited about the industry. Duncan sales half interest in a Grey Goose son for $17,000 and he landed at Bosque Valley and there will be semen and flushes available on him. I believe the Sloan/Page doe kid brought in the neighborhood of $7000, Martin consignment around that same money of $7000, Pfeiffer consignments around $11000 on the pair, Bosque Valley and Garriott Ranch consignments around $8000 on the pair – I didn’t take detailed notes or I would give a full report, this is coming from memory, so if there is correction or add to the story, please feel free to comment.
There were a few stumbles in the production of the sale with a later start time, a few bumps in the road with Internet bidding, and a few slips on missed bids. All in all – good sale, great facility, great consignors, great food and music, and great auctioneer.
Bean/Schrank – Saturday, August 30th, 2014 – 10:30 am
This sale was changed up from years past with a smaller group of consignors with only Bean and Schrank. There were a few less than 40 head with a group of older does starting the first 17 lots and various ages of younger does to conclude the sale. Mark Tillman was the auctioneer and the sale was held at the Tom Green County 4H Center and is not Air Conditioned! There was a need for bottles of water, I did not find any! Historically I have lost my mind at this sale and purchased a few does the past two years for the kind of money that usually triggers my wife to ask if I experienced a low blood sugar attack while I was there! I didn’t find that magical doe this year, some really nice mature females and potentially nice show doe prospects or potential donor females. I like the Bean/Schrank genetics, they are uniquely stamped with their combination of muscle and look. I have a heavy influence of both of these genetics in our program. The sale was good for buyers and sellers – nothing crazy, just a solid set of goats at good prices. It was live broadcast on the Internet through DV Auctions and it seemed to have good response from the bidding of internet buyers. We did pick up a pair of does at this sale that potentially have a chance and felt like we got a bargain.
N&K Ranches Holiday Sale – Saturday, August 30th, 2014 – 1 pm
If you haven’t met Norman Kohls, it is a must! This guy knows a lot about pedigreed goats – Knowledge Vault to say the least. He will not try to shock you with an elaborate speech at the beginning, during or end of the sale – just straight to the point. He started the sale with an impressive offering of 3 flush buck kids out of Second Hand Smoke. Two of the three were sheared off and some of the most extreme that have been offered in my opinion. These are the kind most will not offer for sale – But Norman was offering full possession and 49 percent interest with no outside breeding, no semen sales, and no buck sales with a floor price of $20,000 to get choice of the bucks. They did not get the floor price and they opened the gate and walked them out, you could have heard a pen drop in the sale facility – which was air-conditioned. He did sell some nice productive females, there were some bargains, a pair of second hand smoke sisters and one of the oldest does on the place with a catalog listing and I quote “Lot 39/NK x 277 – NO INFO…JUST RAISES GREAT ONES” – no sire, no dam, no birthdate, he did stop and tell us that she is a BOER goat, he didn’t pedigree her because he doesn’t really know who her mom and dad are and that she has been around for a long time and it is time for her to go somewhere else – she brought $1000. I couldn’t help but think to myself, this has to be literally how a buck could get named “I don’t know”.
We departed toward the end of this sale and made the trip home to get ready for the Best of the West Sale in Fargo on Labor Day.
Best of the West Sale – Monday, September 1, 2014
We ventured out to Fargo Sunday afternoon to catch the meal and bed down the offering. The meal Sunday Evening is worth the trip out to this sale. There was crawfish, shrimp, potatoes, corn, brisket, all the fixings, refreshments – OFF THE CHARTS GOOD! They had 49 goats in the sale with around 10 consignors. Mostly wethers and some nice doe kids. The lunch of smoked meats was really good, nice facility, good arrangement for viewing and selling. It was really hot Sunday, cool Monday morning and heating up throughout the sale. Danny Thompson served as the auctioneer and does a really nice job on the deck. There were some goats that sold well, some that were bargains – most found new homes and the sell wrapped up nicely.
That is the 2-cents from the Milligan Keyboard – I’m not a reporter and could have taken better notes – if I have made mistakes in my recollection, I apologize now and offer the job to anyone else that would like to give a report.
Great Sale weekend to wrap up another phenomenal year of selling show goats – I didn’t think it could get better than last year – I stand corrected.