There is an increasing presence of “livestock flippers” selling suspect animals on media such as Craigslist. They pose as sincere pet loving families for anyone looking to find a home for goats or sheep but as soon as they post a few pictures of their victim’s pet at it’s “new home” they list the animal for sale. We recently discovered a family working out of Gonzales TX making a business from this fraud but they are not alone. Here are just a few things to ponder when buying from scammers like this: • You may be importing deadly parasites to your pasture • You are supporting a business built upon cheating people who love their animals • These scammers don’t properly care for the animals they sell and don’t care about it How to avoid buying from livestock flippers: • Don’t buy from someone who only has one or two animals for sale • A reputable farm will have fenced pasture, good shelters, and well used feed trays • Question any seller who’s pens don’t look heavily used (where’s the poop?) • Get the name of their vet and call that vet to verify they have a history of care • Ignore excuses. These people are professional con artists. They have a polished excuse for everything and will stop communicating with you when you begin asking “too many questions.” If you value the health of your herd and pasture, always buy from someone with a healthy herd and pasture. Flippers don’t care about you or the animals they sell.