It was the day of the goat Saturday in Brown County as more than 100 goats were auctioned during Goat Mania Weekend, which featured three sales in three different locations within the county. In the final sale, one bidder paid $10,000 for his child’s show goat.
“I knew he was worth it,” said Garret Miller from Miller Show Goats, who raised the high-dollar goat. “The price depends on the set of eyes here looking at the goats and how much they are willing to pay for it.”
Miller, one of the organizers behind the Goat Mania Weekend, said the weekend was a way to reduce traveling costs for customers searching for their next show goat. Other organizers for the weekend included Jamie Smith with Blue Team Wethers and John Henkhaus with Henkhaus Show Goats.
“We wanted to have the sale centrally located,” Miller said. “Sales can often be held over several weeks in several different locations. Goat Mania was one big day, one big stop for everyone to see more goats and spend less time traveling.”
The Goat Mania Weekend started at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Brownwood FFA Barns sponsored by Henkhaus Show Goats followed by the Blue Team Wethers sale at 1 p.m. at the Smith Ranch in Zephyr. It ended with the Texas Best Annual Wether Sale at the Brownwood Coliseum at 3:30 p.m.
For the sale at the coliseum, more than 15 people helped in the set up and production of the sale including local FFA members Trey Glasscock and Codi Perkins and Brownwood 4-Her Gavin Miller.
“We had a lot of good people helping us,” Miller said. “Special thanks to all the local show kids for helping.”
Hugh and Ann Schafer, from Schafer Farms Boer Goats, were one of the breeders featured in the Texas Best Annual Wether Sale, who drove in from Glasscock County.
“We had a very good crowd,” Ann Schafer said. “I believe there were quality set of wethers sold with the potential to win some major shows.”
Ann Schafer and her husband began selling Boer goats in 1993 and members of a syndicate that imported the first Boer goat to the United States from New Zealand in 1993.
“We were a part of six families that started the West Texas Boer Goat Syndicate,” Ann Scafer said. “Shortly after that we breeding wethers and have traveled all over Texas and Oklahoma.”
Schafer Farms along with Henkhaus Show Goats and Blue Team Wethers have produced wethers that have won grand champion titles during the 2013 show season.
With the success of this year’s event, organizers have already set next year’s Goat Mania Weekend for July 20.
For more information about next year’s Goat Mania, contact Gayland Miller with Miller Show Goats at (325) 642-3007.