Producer improves herd genetics at Regina sale

$1,500 goat | ‘Good genetics don’t come cheap’

Todd Zeller paid $1,500 for a six-month-old purebred Boer doeling and thinks he got a great deal.

The doeling, consigned by Venture 2 of Steelman, Sask., to the goat sale at Canadian Western Agribition Nov. 20, topped the small sale of 15 lots.

“We needed to top up our herd,” said Zeller, who operates Beatles Boers at Southey, Sask.

“We’re fairly thick on the commercial side and are venturing more into the purebred market.”

The doeling, Venture 2 KCF Abebi, will bring in new genetics from Eastern Canada.

Zeller was bidding against a telephone bidder from Ontario.

“I still got her for cheap,” he said after the sale, estimating the doeling should have earned at least $2,000.

“Good genetics don’t come cheap.… I’ll get more than that back out of her.”

He said it’s not good for the industry if everyone in Saskatchewan just buys each other’s stock. New genetics will allow him to get better control of his own herd, he said.

Beatles Boers has expanded over the past few years from kidding 100 does to 150. The goat operation complements the farm’s grain and commercial cattle businesses.

Zeller thought producers at the sale were happy with the prices they received for their goats and that buyers were equally happy with what they paid.

He said the price producers earn from their herds depends on where they are located and the proximity to market. He receives $2 per pound at his door, compared to some who receive $1.65 and others in Alberta who receive $2.70.

Those prices dictate how much producers are willing to spend on breeding stock.

The 15 lots averaged $881.33 and a total $13,220.

On the commercial side, pens of two or three doelings were running about $350 per animal, while market kids brought in $120 to $145 each.

In the show, Quebec judge Samuel Claire-Cote named Medicine Creek Yahoo of St. John Boer Goats at Brock, Sask., grand champion purebred doe.

Reserve winner was Treeline Warning from Mosaic Boers at Yorkton, Sask.

Venture 2 had the grand champion percentage doe with Venture 2 KCF Pascal. Mosaic again took reserve with Mosaic Smoothie.

North Eden Goats from Edenwold, Sask., won grand champion purebred buck with North Eden 71Z Zoro. The reserve was KNR Strategic’s Power from St. John Boer Goats.

In the commercial competition, Rockin R Ranch of Moose Jaw, Sask., took home banners for grand champion doe, R-Country 2Y and the champion and reserve pen of three.

Beatles Boers won reserve commercial doe with Beat Molly.

North Eden took champion and reserve honours for North Eden 86Z and North Eden 75Z in the market kid class.

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