On May 18, 2001 Ward's Boer Goats gave us an opportunity to purchase some of the finest goats available during their dispersal sale. In a way, it was a sad day as one of the premier show herds in the country was being dispersed. All of the show string was for sale as well as all of their breeding animals. These goats were representative of many of the finest genetics found in the country. There were also some guest consignors, Hidden Hollow, Ardmore, TN, F & F Boer Goats, Auburntown, TN and North Ridge.
There were about 300 people in attendance, all looking for a chance to buy or, at least, see these fine animals. Such a large number of quality animals, all gathered under one roof, was irresistible for buyers from many states.
The consignors were present in the barn to answer questions about their animals from 10:00 until the sale started Friday afternoon at 1:-00 pm. The tone of the sale was set long before the auctioneer made his first call as the buyers circulated through the barn and made their selections. We were all treated to a seafood lunch served in the large air conditioned Bay Springs Multi Purpose building.
The sale started with the sale of the Ward's goat trailer. This was an excellent opportunity for someone to get a low profile goat trailer to start their own show career.
As the sale of goats started, bidding was slow at first. No one wanted to be the first bidder but once the first bid was cast, the bidding was more spirited. Each of the consignors were available at ring side to "talk up" the animals.
The ring "person" was Rena Lynch. She had helped to groom and clip all the animals and kept the animals moving well. The animals were brought in four at a time and the handlers kept the flow of animals moving with very few glitches.
The sale started with three doe kids and then it was time for Lot # 4 "Dello". Anticipation was high as she was the "Cream of the Crop" - the 2000 ABGA National Champion. She was high selling doe and went to Mr. Ewing Downen of Brownwood, TX , for $22,000.00. This was a beautiful girl and she knew it!
Maybelline, the International Boer Goat Association Reserve Yearling Champion Doe' sold for $5400.00.
The high selling buck, "Renoir", sired by Tsjaka and a Kaptein daughter, sold for $6,600.00. He was something to see and is the buck pictured on the ABGA web site.
We went looking for reds and paints and we weren't disappointed. We came home with a full SA solid red doe and a full SA paint doe out of Renoir and Conchita, an EGGStreme daughter.
The high selling kid buck was "Rolex" that sold for $2200.00 and a solid red kid buck sold for $1600.00.
Stan Benz purchased an absolutely beautiful two month old doe, named "Exquisite" for $6000.00. I had my eye on this one as she stood out amongst the extremely fine lot of young kids. She was destined for the show ring and deserved the opportunity to "shine". I will be watching from the sidelines to see this girl as she develops.
The day ended as the last goats were paid for and loaded. An era for Ward's Boer Goats had come to an end. I'm sure they will be sadly missed and we wish them the best of luck in all their future endeavors.
Never Done Ranch
DeRidder, LA 70634