Wednesday, October 26, 2011

How much is that Moo in the window?

Wondering how much it's going to cost you to add more livestock to your operation?

You can start with local online classifieds, but generally private sellers charge a lot more for their animals. If you want to go the auction route, it can be a little more "exciting", you should bring someone along or educate yourself about how to determine age and health of the animals you're interested in. However, the payoff is that the animals are generally far less expensive.

You can get online auction reports, check you local auction websites. Of course there is no harm in just going to have a look for a few minutes without the intention of buying anything (just leave your pocketbook at home...)

Ontario Cattlemens Association has links to a few reports.
Ontario Sheep also does.

For small scale operations, try looking in "off" seasons or when sales seem low. Keep an eye on what is going on in the market, it can save you hundreds of dollars. Lots of people try to get rid of "extra" animals before winter so they don't have to feed them.

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