Whether you are buying or selling or both, get there early and get your number! And the seat you want!
Every Monday at 12:00 Noon is our sale time for the Carroll County Livestock Sales Barn, which serves the West Georgia Area. But, don’t go to sell your hogs there because the state requires concrete. For clean up I suppose!
Cattle, goats and sheep are good to go. I’m not sure about horses. Most horses go to sell at the horse sales at other venues. Horses can be pretty rowdy, but, cattle can be mighty rowdy too!
Constant mooing is the earmark of the sales barn. I don’t see how folks can listen to that all day. Well, once a week might not be so bad, but, it is loud and could be very annoying after a while.
Finally at 12:00 Noon sharp, the auctioneer announces the beginning of the auction. It starts slow and then goes fast and furious. If you are as fast as the auctioneer, you can almost keep up with the rapid movement of stock. The overhead weight and sales boards help a lot in keeping up. The gallery is usually full of local sellers and buyers and curiosity visitors. If you have never been to one it is about the most exciting thing around. Get a good seat so you can see all the action!
A while back we took our five year old grand daughter to the auction. She wanted to hold our number so we said “Okay, but don’t hold it up unless we tell you to!”
She was very good and careful and actually she “sat” on the number on her seat! When the time came, she held up her number, and we bought a small calf for her. She was so excited!!!
Sales are either up or down, depending on the market and many conditions like time of year, etc. It is always fun and there is a great cafe open on sales day to get a good home cooked meal with delicious sweet tea!
One day we were eating lunch in the cafe and I said, “It’s about time Bryan got back for the second load of stock!”, that we had bought. I called him and he said he hadn’t even left with the first load yet because they could not get the truck tail gate open! This was when all we had was an old pick up truck with iron rail sides. It was great for a few head, but this time the tail gate was stuck! Finally, after a lot of work and frustration we finally got it open and began the process of loading and hauling. We finally got the new stock home!
Once home, one of the cows, got out of the fence around the lake five times! A couple of others, we finally caught up with over in the next county literally. This is how fun farming can be!
If you have never been, put it on your bucket list and go to the livestock sale. You may just find a pretty little white face calf that you will have to hand feed with a bottle, twice a day for the next six months. But, you will love that calf and may name her “Buttons!”
When she got older,
Buttons had her own little calf and we named him “Zipper!”
Today we sold twelve sheep for $800.00 less the sales fee, netting $713.49. Not a great price but at least our pastures can get some much needed relief! That’s farming!