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How many of you are having trouble selling kids? I'm a beginner to goat raising and I have some kids to find homes for, from my first year of kidding. They are ADGA registerable and the Nubians are from well-bred parents out of milk and show lines, and I am getting zero interest with the ads I posted on craigslist and here. The advice I got from the breeder that I bought the dam from is don't "give" them away for cheap, you have time and money into them. They aren't weaned yet and I still have a couple months, so time will tell.
 

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Its weird out here for me too. My bottle kids, and non show kids are selling like hot cakes, and my kids out of my supreme grand CH does and bucks aren't going anywhere fast or in a hurry. Slow out here for the ones worth a buck.
I did have some reserved for does, but my girls all had bucks, so those reservations went out the window this year.
 

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I managed to sell an AGS and ADGA blue eyed buckling incredibly fast. But it was probably beginners luck.

Maybe you aren't reaching the right people?
 

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Well I think its the fact that a lot of people don't have the money to be buying top of the line goats. Out here everyone is poor right now. Hay is $20 a bale, grain is $19 a bag, replacer is $80 a bag, calf manna is almost $40 a bag now. Put the price of a $500- $1200 kid out of my SGCH buck and does and you need to take out a loan.
 

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Where the heck are you?

Hay is $5-6 a small bale.
Grain between $10-25.
Manna $30.
Calf replacer is $80. I don't look at goat replacer...lol just when I walked thru I noticed that.
 

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Where the heck are you?

Hay is $5-6 a small bale.
Grain between $10-25.
Manna $30.
Calf replacer is $80. I don't look at goat replacer...lol just when I walked thru I noticed that.
Sent me hay??? pleaaaaaaase?
But I live in california, and everything is so expensive out here. None of the hay we get out here is local, all hauled in. Everything costs an arm and a leg.
Regular milk, non organic, is $5 a gallon. If you want whole, oraganic milk, thats gonna cost you about $8-9 a gallon

Gasoline is $4.93 a gallon today

Pig feed is $16.95

A flipping pritchard teat that you bottle feed kids with is 5 bucks!
like I said, an arm and a leg!
 

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That is insane!! Both of you! So happy I live in the upper Midwest.
 

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What size bale? I think their bales are larger then ours here in middle America. Still, your talking CA, everything is higher out there. I paid $5.25 for a pretty good alfalfa hay, small bales though. Sometimes I wonder how you folks can afford those prices...I figure the salaries are higher too. Imagine living in Alaska or Hawaii? Goats can be considered a luxury in some places.

My sales are slow this year too. We probably sold too many "breeder" goats, so we are making ourselves competition. AND, we are still in a recession...they say home sales are up...not sure I believe that. And, because of Obamacare, lots of folks are being cut back in hours. My son is looking for another job, they cut his hours to 29, he works for the Unemployment Compensation Office. That's right folks even the GOVERNMENT is cutting hours to escape Obamacare provisions! Hang in there, the next 3 years are going to, be a real pain.
 

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Wow thats alot of money for hay. Thank goodness I have my own hay fields. But to buy it youd pay around 25 to 40 for a 1500ld bale of grass hay. My feed runs me about 26 dollars a hundred. Cali is VERY expensive it would seem.

I had better luck selling my kids after they were weaned. My does of course sell out faster an sometimes depending on the year I almost have to give the bucks away. Keep trying an if all else fails theres always the sale barn, I know not ideal but it beats putting more money into them that you will never get back. Good luck!!
 

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I only breed every other year and this is an off year for me. I'm seeing lots of goats for sale, and prices are lower than usual even for purebreds. Our prices are always on the low side compared to other more goat friendly states. Hay is always high as it's not local. Alfalfa three string bales at about 100lbs are 16 dollars. I am buying 125 pound three string bales of Colorado Timothy grass at 25 each. It hurts at the feed store but I can feed a lot less and there's NO waste compared to Alfalfa. My goats adore Timothy.
 

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My goats will not eat timothy! They waste so much it's crazy. So, I stopped buying it...the mini horses eat it...some...but our farmers wait sooo long to cut. Some of it is almost like straw. I have a guy who says he will cut it at an earlier date for me...we will see.

Actually $16. for a $100lb bale of alfalfa isn't too bad...a tad more then I pay...I think my bales are about 45lbs. I like the smaller bales because I can handle them myself. But, it's costs more to do it that way. I'm thinking about buying some large 1200lb bales and just putting a fence around them...much cheaper to buy it that way...but...I'll need a bobcat to unload. It's great that I have a "rent-all" place just across the road from us.
 

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Yeah, we have the 3 twine bales out here, they are about 100lbs.
the BIG bales out here are over $100 and nobody has them hardly.

For the longest time my goats, horses, and even COWS would NOT eat the alfalfa. I couldn't get them to eat any of it for almost a year, finally they got some in from a different supplier and they eat it now. I think the last ones had spray or something, for the longest time they were only on oat hay.

Everything is expensive out here in California. Feed is priced through the roof, and animal prices and dirt cheap.

I didn't have hardly any does, major buck year for me. I had 3 does out of 57 kids. 1 died (got stomped), one was an accident cross breed, and one is purebred alpine that I am keeping.
 

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I sold two unpapered bottle baby wethers within a week of placing an ad on CL and found a good home for my two older Nubian wethers after having some interest again on Craigslist. My goats were all sold as strictly pets with no registration. In my area most people seem to raise ND or boers. I was worried they wouldn't sell but got lucky.I'm in Oregon btw.
 

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Nothing's selling out here either.

(Florida) it's all "is dat meat?" Lol all we get. All day long.
"You know how to cook?" Ummm no thanks.

House sales are up though.

All the goats we end up selling are just for pets for old people:/ I think I've sold 4 show animals this year..:/ not so great.
 

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Hay bale sizes

Yes feed prices are high everywhere. The bale sizes are very different though. My daughter has a ranch in TX and they bale small square bales probably only 50 lbs and sell them for $5. At the feed store in So Cal I pay about $17 a bale for about 120 lbs. Due to feed costs wwe raised the price on the 4H and FFA show boer goats we sold as weanlings this year by $50 and now we just have to hope that the 4H members will re coup that expense in their auctions!
 

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I agree, this is a slow year. Last year I sold so fast I couldn't stay stocked (I handle all the goat sales for my personal herd, the dairy herd, and a couple of other local herds. I'm a goat broker!).

This year I've actually got La Mancha doelings sitting around waiting for buyers. Nigerians still got snatched up in a heartbeat.

Meat kids sold like hotcakes too.
 
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