Monday, May 21, 2012

Standing room only at Ozark Empire goat conference

Potential buyers began filling the stands an hour before the sale.
Goats from 25 consignors, numerous vendors and hundreds of visitors filled the barn at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds on May 18-19.

There was standing room only at the Ozark Empire Meat Goat Conference and Spotlight Kiko Sale held May 18-19 in Springfield, Mo. The event, sponsored by the National Kiko Registry, featured educational seminars all day Friday and on Saturday morning.  An auction of Kiko breeding stock followed the seminars on Saturday.

Conference organizers were busy shuffling seating arrangements on Friday morning when attendees kept pouring in. Tables were removed from the conference room and replaced with more chairs to accommodate the crowd of more than 200 participants.

The seminars were free and open to the public. These educational seminars, being hosted around the country by the National Kiko Registry, are for producers of all breeds of meat goats in an effort to promote the meat goat industry in general. 180 seminar participants received their FAMACHA certification, which qualifies them to use the FAMACHA eye color chart to determine the degree of anemia in their goats and determine whether deworming is needed. 

The crowd stayed around through Saturday to see the Kiko auction with 75 registered bidders participating. The sale was in two parts. The first part was the Elite Kiko Buck Sale. This sale was limited to 10 herdsire prospects. Each consignor paid a $200 consignment fee; the consignors then drew lots at a Friday night social to determine the sale order.

Consignors to the Elite Buck Sale drew lots on Friday night

to determine the sale order.
The high-selling buck was consigned by Mike and Lorie Renick of M.R. Goats in Worthington, W.V. MRG Smooth Criminal, a December 2011 buck, was purchased for $1,400 by the partnership of Dr. Kraig Stemme, DVM, and Jay Haggerty of Lake Fork Kikos in Alba, Texas.

The buck sale was followed by the Spotlight Auction of 106 Kiko and percentage Kiko does. This sale reflected the growing demand for Kiko breeding stock with some of the highest averages ever for percentage Kiko does.

The high-selling lot was a solid black doe with a solid black doe kid adorned with a pink bow in her hair. This pair, consigned by John Smith of Caprine Genetics in Petersburg, Va., brought $3,000.

The high-selling individual doe was consigned by Dick and Sally Rutherford of Bear Creek Kikos in Carlinville, Ill. SDR Lara Bear, a yearling 100% New Zealand doe with striking colors, was purchased for $1,700 by Ron McGill and family of Triple M Kikos Goats in Cicero, Ind.

In the Elite Buck Sale, the six purebred Kiko bucks sold for an average price of $775. The four New Zealand bucks sold for an average of $981.

In the doe sale, 23 half- and three-quarter Kikos averaged $575. No doe brought less that $500. Thirty-six 88%-99% does averaged $828 a head. Thirty-seven 100% New Zealand does averaged $1,111.

The Rutherfords (left) and the McGills with SDR Lara Bear.

Kraig Stemme (left) and Mike Renick with MRG Smooth Criminal.

1 comment:

  1. We were thrilled with the sale. Just seeing our friends that we only see once or twice a year is a lot of fun also. Before the conference and sale we received a lot of calls and e-mails asking about the event and wanting information. I was not suprised at the amount of people that showed up.
    Liz and I and Leatherwood Kiko want to thank the owners of NKR for a great event and we look forward to more of them.
    Warren Barnes