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FODDER FOR THOUGHT


2014 Showstopper sale was one for the record books


As I was putting together the sale report


for The Other Sale this month, I just hap- pened to get a Facebook memory from the final Showstopper Sale held in 2014. Some of today’s Boer goat producers may not re- member that The Other Sale is an offshoot of the Showstopper — Showstopper was the fall sale and The Other Sale was the group’s spring sale.


The Facebook memory was a photo of


the Goat Rancher cover from August 2000, featuring the very first Showstopper Sale, which was held in Murfreesboro, Tenn., dur- ing it’s first few years. The hosts on the mag- azine cover were Stan Benz, who died in 2001, Bill Ryals Sr. and John Edwards — all names we are very familiar with. The 2014 sale was called Showstopper Done! and was held at the Ike Hamilton Arena in West Monroe, La., which had been its home for more than a decade. The Ryalses


and Edwardses were winding down their op- erations and the Showstopper Done! — held over three days in March 2014 — was their grand finale.


I dubbed the sale the Million Dollar


Weekend as the final tally after three days of bidding was $1,080,975. Online sales — rel- atively new at the time — accounted for $319,325, or nearly 30 percent of total sales. More than 600 head of goats plus semen, equipment and embryos were auctioned. Approximately 400 people were in at- tendance each day and more than 100 buyers were signed up online. Buyers from 26 states were in West Monroe and with online buyers, 42 states were represented. Some of you may remember the high-sellers that weekend. The high-selling buck was SGG Next Dimension. He sold for $19,000 to Justin Stuart. The high-selling doe was EGGSpensive Deanna B421, purchased for $8,750 by Shanna May.


BY TERRY HANKINS Goat Rancher editor


One of the displays at the Showstopper Done! Sale in 2014 was a framed copy of the August 2000 Goat Rancher.


Many of our great sales have had to be cancelled this spring due to Covid 19 con- cerns — The Other Sale had to be held on- line. I, like many of you, am ready to get back on the road and see some great goats. n


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Goat Rancher | May 2020


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