After all the rush of rearing your goats, it’s time to profit from them and place your goats for sale. However, goat-selling can provide its own set of challenges. If you’re looking into selling your goats at auctions, farmers sell their livestock on the fly. Expects prices to constantly fluctuate. However there are things you can do before placing your goats for sale and during the transport of your stock to the market place to maximize your earning potential.
If you’re thinking of selling at the auction at your locale, give the manager ring in order to check what the going rate is and what the trends have been before committing your goats for sale. Tapping him as a resource person and establishing a working relationship with your market manager will be a good move on your part.
When the ceiling price for goats is low, it can only mean that there has been an abundance of animals in the market. If you can hold off the trip, sell during the next occasion in order to put up your livestock at higher prices.
Due to the religious significance of these ruminants, marketing goats to ethnic minorities can be a soft sell. Sell your goats to Muslims during Eid ul-Adha and Eid ul-Fitr will guarantee you buyers. When selling to Christians, Easter is a good time. Try to be familiar with religious holidays and put them up in your calendar so you can properly plan your sale.
Master the preferences of people you sell to when it comes to the physical aspects of the goats. Ethnic markets are especially particular when it comes to what they are buying. Most prefer leaner animals to the heavy ones. The color of the goat’s head can denote its breed – colored are highly preferred. Make sure your goats’ buttocks are in good condition to avoid the impression of them being “unclean” before positioning your goats for sale.
Try trading goats at state auctions or markets. The people who buy goats at local areas are most often middle-men who will sell your stock at a higher price. Calculate the potential earnings against the costs you will incur for shipping and the weight loss of your animals during transport.
Make sure you drop off your goats at least a week before actual trading, Do get them at the market late or they will sell during the last minutes of the auction which will fetch them far lower prices. Ensure that your animals will be cared for properly after you deliver them.