Today we went to a livestock auction ... we went to take a look at goats and weaner pigs. Today was not a buying day just a day to check things out and that we did.
We arrived and took our seats looking down into the pen were two very able “hands” where bringing the animals in for there moment and then shooing them out with an amazing rhythm, only out done by the auctioneers song all his own.
I noted we were a little out of place and clean looking and as any girl would I had attempted to wear cloths that might help me "blend in". I quickly realized that would have been impossible. For starters there were only 3 other women there so no matter what I was going to stick out...These observations where dwarfed by my fatal error... I wore my hat... I thought that would help my situation when I grabbed it as we went out the door. I now realize that auctions that are for cows and horses are attended by folks wearin' the cowboy variety (like mine).. but auctions for swine goats, sheep and the like are attended by the folks of the ball cap wearin' variety..
The bidding was fun to watch we felt like we where able to pretty much follow along. The only hard part was being able to tell who was doing bidding. I've been to lots of fancy art and wine auctions and these farmers have more subtly for bidding in their little fingers then those hi-brow art guys.
We may go back there for our goats.... maybe not the pigs but we’ll see they didn’t have that many weaner (aka just weaned) pigs and that’s somthin’ we may want to get locally from someone we can build a relationship with.. but we’ll see
Eating lunch at the sale barn I may not re-visit, but even that had “ “authenticity”
That’s today’s farmin’ info other than that we walked up the hill and B showed me a spot he thought would be good (aka dry) to put up a round pen for my horse I may do that tomorrow ( I noted that it was quite far from the house : ) hummm … other than that workin’ on designing stuff for my clients that actually pay me to do things other than go to livestock auctions…