I no goatguru, I sure hope she turns out ok. What really sucks is you spend all that time trying to fix a animal and you get more attached just for them to die. She wasnt a big pet, actually a hard headed little thing, but she was the only goat I bought for looks not price being right. Yeah I was kinda bumbed out, was going to take 39 does down to the sale today, which would leave me 10, but my dad talked me out of it. 27 years old and still a daddys girl lol. But I did take 3 down and got a heck of a price so kinda, in a way, wish I did take them down lol. Good luck with your doe, I got my fingers crossed for you that she ends up ok.
Thanks for the good wishes. I don't think her brain is damaged and I know the kids(s) are alive. She stood up next to me and I can feel them moving against my leg. Today she seems well and is acting alright. That is too bad Brr that you found your doe too late to help. The thing is they are quiet when this happens so until you see them hanging or notice one gone or hear the others making commotion you just don't know it is going on. I walked right past that stall and what I saw was two does in that box and then the next I thought I saw those two in that one. I threw some water out the door and when I came back by the other two does moved over in different directions and I saw her hanging upside down caught by the leg. It was keyed in between a square metal hay basket and a 2x6 rail board. I threw every stinking one of those square baskets in the junk. I put in those blue barrel kits but did not have enough built yet for every stall. At least with those the rails go to the bottom and if it is knocked really good the side will pop out as the barrel moves and I can just pop it back in the position it goes in. This other thing I could not get her undone without help. I can not wait to get some of mine to sale either. Glad to know the prices are up. I had two young bucks both put their heads through the same square in a cattle panel today. Never had that happen. I figured one was dead but after I got the one out and grabbed the other ones horns and got him out he dropped to the ground and acted like nothing happened. When I was getting him out he never moved or batted an eye. Just looked blank and gone. Two minutes later they were back to playing and fighting like it never happened.
I swear, these animals can find trouble with out even looking. One day I kept hearing this kid crying, kept looking and couldnt find anything, so followed the crys. My little doeling some how got inside a semi truck tier and was stuck good. I spent 10 min. getting her out. To this day I still have no idea how she got in but couldnt get out. I just dont know about these critters lol
I'm selling those two stupid buckling goats. They are not going to be "hanging" around here no more. I know they would pull it again and I know next time I might not find out in time. The only stalls I have that are not made like that are kidding pens and they are taken and I have four more due here soon. I liked them but just like what you said, they are stupid. They had so many squares to go and choose and they picked the same one? I could not believe it. Also I have four foot spaces between stalls for round rolls. They were facing the isle instead of the hay. I figure I better sell them before I find them hanged again.
Prices are really high right now. I just got them through the ring and got 85 each and 110 on another kid. I don't even think the smaller two two weighed 30 pounds. The other about 60. I can not believe it. I only expected about 75 bucks this morning for all and to clear pen space. None went to kill buyers. It is a good Easter. I still have a lot of 3 250 pound plus to run through. Very tired but happy today. Kinda sad too but I'll have new ones soon. Today's description- , , ,
Good job! prices are very good here as well. Im trying to buy very thin goats and resell them. I took 3 down that I got in Jan. 1 was free, 1 I paid 100 and the other i paid 70. I got 65.50 (old kinder doe) for the fee one, 180 for the 100 and 150 for the 70, so when a mom and baby came in for 80 I picked them up and see if Ill have luck with them as well. The lady that owns the sale wants my doe kids so have been talking to her and I told her I wanted to sell my 4-6 month kids the end of april and she told me the best time to sell is after the 1st and after the 15th, thats when they get paid. Im sorry you had to sell your goats, but you are very right about them doing that again. One doe I have always got her head stuck in the beef panels, it was always a fight to get her out and I always ended up having bloody fingers so one day I left her there for 2 hours, and so far, knock on wood, has not done it again.
Delivered the upside down doe the 1st. One kid was diving and one was breach but with his hooves down not backwards up so he would need rotated. She did have a long miserable labor and I was so lucky to have both kids out with little trouble. Glad I kept watch on her feed consumption just in case. Thank you for your well wishes. I also took a two year old buck in and was happy when the kill buyer bowed out at 185 and the people rolled the bid over 2. Prices are still great. I was worried I missed all the xmas sales because I was under contract to work my real job. It all worked out. Jessica84, I hope you get a kid doe with the looks of the one you lost.
So happy it turned out good for you and your girl. Its nice when things end up good! I have a few to take to the sale the end of april, Im going to weigh them before taking them down, here they sell by the head not lb. All this talk of $2 something a pound has me wondering what they go for here. If I were to guess, I would say most nice goats go for not much more then $2 a lb if that, but the good thing is with here, the 'butcher' goats dont drop. Full grown does drop during the summer because of the lack of breeders buying, but a good kid stays the same price all year long. Most people at the sale will buy 1 or 2 animals a week then get up and pay and have their dinner covered for the week. Im thinking about making some cards up and handing them out to them so maybe we can pass the middle man, hopeful thinking lol. As for sheeps little girl, she took the loss of her mom hard, her brother is still growing well, but she went from the bigest to smallest, but I just keep the feed in front of her and hope for the best. Even if she does not end up looking like her mom, she is going to stay. She thinks she is my side kick lol. Shes not all over me like a bottle baby, but If I go out side and sit down or do something, she is right with me, she is a total joy. My 3 year old daughter came out with me today to clean up the pen and started petting her and said, "mom I like this goat, I think we should keep her". So needless to say, she stays lol
I figured slaughter Does would stay pretty good there Jessica since that is where all the culls in this area go. We get the average 85 each for open culls, bred Does showing 110-125 what gets me is the prices people will pay for families. Prices should be good on slaughter kids until end of June. From there on look for .40-.50 less per lb.
Here a doe that is skin and bones will go for $85, usually not that much less, I got one in Jan for $70, a avg. doe, not bred, not that fat will get about 120-150. Summer they will go down to about 50 a starving doe, and 90-110 a avg doe. Last year the familys were a joke, they would go for the same price as just a doe, I wanted to buy just familys this year for resell but has jumped up a little. If I went with familys, it would be a gamble on making money or breaking even. Im going to try and buy does this summer and sell in the winter, I will have cheap hay so wont cost a lot to feed, and I am trying to make a deal where I can take them to the mtns for brush control, if that goes threw It will cost me almost nothing to feed them. Its so strange how diff. it is here to there in prices.
fresnolivestock.com is where you can go to see prices here
I have to agree with your daughter that you should keep her. That must of been so cute. Sounds like she is attached to the little thing too. Even though I breed for size I also find myself favoring the little ones. I don't really care if they catch up in size or not. I keep them anyway. I have one painted doe that I figured would stay stunted but after putting the calf manna too her for months she had a growth spurt and is now one of my largest does. I have two other runts that are in between. The other day the upside down doe gave me two little kids and I really like this tiny black headed doe kid I got. She is about as big as a cat, and the first black headed doe into my herd. They are so much more fun than the big does that step on my feet and always get in the way. After looking at your market report I wonder if I should be into milk does instead of the Boer market. They really are getting good prices. I never knew they went for so much.
I have one little doe kid that would be a great pet too a red and white. She was the smallest kid I have ever seen born might have been a lb or slightly more, no more than 2lb max, her mother is a Kalahari Red I bought last fall and not a big Doe. But I am not wanting big Does any more since slaughter weight of 60 lbs can be achieved with a smaller doe just as fast and at a substantial savings on the feed bill, when I had Boers that were 140lb I went through a lot of hay. I can run a lot of 100-110 lb Cross bred Does instead and save nearly 30% on my feed costs. I breed at 7 months and cull the ones that quit growing after getting pregnant but still stunt them some. Guru you would be sorry, dairy kids don't sell as good maybe .50 less a lb and it is hard to get those huge bags to shut down after only a couple of months lactation. I used to have quite a few Lamanche and Nubians and some other type of blond looking goat, one by one the mastitis and worms got them all. I only have a few lamanche/boer cross does and one Savanna/Nubian left as far as dairy. They just don't work as meat goats and I was never into milking. That Lamanche/Boer is one good cross though, they don't get a huge bag but the milk must be rich since the kids are always fast growers, if they just had ears I would have a lot more of them and that is one cross that will sell at the top of the market every time. And I just bought 3 black heads last fall, one is going to town soon but the other 2 were yearlings and are really mellow and get along. I think there is some difference in the mentality of the black head vs red. But yea the family's were going for 60 and 65 each animal. I saw a big Boer Doe down on her hocks, she wasn't walking on hoof any more, go for 60 ea and she had trips, 240 for that and the Doe was shot no way to get her back on her feet. think 4Hers bought her for the kids and she will be back at the barn soon.