Nicophorus wrote:How did I miss this thread? Thank you Broski for that break down, I wish I could read something like that for all auctions. I really liked the sound of those prices, maybe I won't write off auctions after all.
What may make you like them better is that this is the most expensive Topeka has ever been. Usually, goats, sheep, pigs, llamas, alpacas, equine and the smaller animals all go very cheaply - but a lot of new people drove up the prices!
Nicophorus wrote:p.s. by Dromedary (one cow) you mean Bactrian. 7k and she was broke to ride? Wonder how old she was and were her humps standing up and correct? If so and not an ancient animal, that was a good price.
She was in good shape, Amish owned and raised. Five years old, I believe, and very friendly. It's been some time so I may be off on the details, but she wasn't old or unhealthy.
Nicophorus wrote:2 to 20 dollars for adult hogs?? Why so low? There has to be more meat then 20 dollars worth on an adult hog. Or was this people bringing in feral wormed filled hogs out of traps?
Usually, they only sell pot bellied pigs at Topeka. Occasionally, they'll have other exotic hogs and I have seen them sell papered meat breeds before as well. Most people generally do not eat pot bellied pigs (the meat is very dry and flavorless), so they're useless for anything other than pets/breeding unless your standards are low.
The pigs they bring in are generally in fair shape, although more than any other animal I see mistreated pigs. At Topeka, $20 will usually get you freshly bred/open sows and good looking boars; $30 will get you sows ready to pop. If it's either thin, obese, large, wild (and an adult) or an unattractive boar, it isn't unheard of for them to go as low as $2 or no-sale.
Granted, pot bellied pigs are hard to re-sell as adults, but I had been making decent profit doing it here. Take them home, deworm them, bathe them, list them on CL for $75 as pets/breeding stock. Or, I'd been keeping the smaller females to breed for piglets (which I can take to Topeka and sell at $100 each).
But this spring the prices were insane! Again, new people drove them up. A lot of people got them for pets, I imagine.
To break it down on pigs, I've bought:
- A crippled boar for $2, bought out of pity
- An older, thin but healthy (and petting zoo-friendly) sow for $2, also out of pity
- A blue-eyed VERY small sow (35 pounds, healthy) for $6
- A medium-sized spotted sow, healthy (and petting-zoo friendly) for $5
- A medium-sized white sow, healthy but wild, for $2
- A small, tame boar for $8
- And my best purchase: a thin, ratty black sow for $4 out of pity; turned out to be pregnant to a Julianna boar, had four piglets, made $600 on them as she had them right before Christmas.
So, it was needless to say the prices shocked me, haha!