Goat show pays off for producers

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Exhibitors withstood some of the hottest days of the summer recently to show off their finest goats at a triple-sanctioned event hosted by the Sask-atchewan Goat Breeders Association.

The first ever Summer Extravaganza featured more than 200 animals competing over three days for three different judges, and ended with an elite breeding stock sale July 30 when the temperature soared to 38 C.

The top seller went for a cool $1,350.

Kae Ronne Extra Extra Edition 507E, a purebred Boer buck kid born in January and consigned by Kerry O’Donnell of Calder, Sask., went to Drew Czerwonka of Glenavon, Sask.

Czerwonka said he saw the sale advertised on Facebook and the buck stood out.

“He’s got a lot of bone to him and is kind of what we’ve been looking for,” he said.

“I think I only bid once and ended up with him, so I’m pretty happy I did.”

Czerwonka also spent $700 on Calico Creek Gun Powder, a purebred doeling from Calico Creek at Yorkton, Sask., with unique markings that he said will add some colour to his operation.

Czerwonka runs about 45 commercial does and was looking for new genetics.

The two purchases were the first purebreds he has ever bought.

“I for sure wanted that one,” he said of Gun Powder.

As for the price paid for the buck: “It’s a lot, but hopefully it was worth it.”

O’Donnell has been in the goat business for at least 20 years and runs about 100 does, along with commercial sheep and cattle.

“It was a good show with good quality animals,” she said.

“I’m certainly happy with the price I got on the buck.”

The buck was junior champion in all three shows, named a grand champion by one judge and a reserve grand champion by another, she said.

The SGBA, the Canadian Meat Goat Association and the Canadian Goat Society all sanctioned the event.

Goat breeders from across Canada entered and were also able to participate in workshops and seminars.

Nineteen lots sold in the sale for an unofficial average of $602.63.

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