|Brent Ballinger with (from left) Lynda Carter, Theresa Carter and Ellen Kelty.|
A good crowd turned out on Saturday, Sept. 22, for the third annual Appalachian Kikos Invitational Sale. This annual sale upped its game this year with more consignors and a bigger advertising budget. The result was better goats and a bigger crowd.
Fourteen consignors brought more than 80 Kikos to the sale, held at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray, Tenn. Buyers were looking for good quality does but showed little interest in the small consignment of bucks offered. Seven herdsire prospects were offered and averaged just over $200 each.
Twenty head of New Zealand Kiko does averaged $596 a head, with no goat selling below $400. Forty-one purebred Kiko does averaged $445 a head, ranging in price from $200 to $825 for the high-selling doe in the sale. These are not official numbers.
The high-seller was a March 2012 High Meadows Kikos consignment. She was purchased by Brent Ballinger and Ellen Kelty of Mill Creek Ranch in Bardstown, Ky.