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Oklahoma Hills high-seller


brings $2,050 The Oklahoma Hills Invitational kicked


off the fall Kiko sale season in Okmulgee, Okla., Sept. 18-19.


Dozens of breeders ventured out to


view this year’s offerings. For those that chose to stay home, Internet bidding was pro- vided by www.livestockbuyer.com. The high-seller was a 100% New Zea- land doe consigned by Kraig and Suzanne Stemme of Lake Fork Kikos. The doe was purchased for $2,050 by Sandi and Jim Hicks.


Results included: • 24 purebreds went for an average of $795.


• 57 New Zealand’s averaged $1,027. • Semen lots averaged $411. • Embryos averaged $400.


Sheep trail through Madrid detoured because of Covid


Euro Weekly News


Sheep farmers had to forgo their tradi- tional right to herd flocks through the center of Madrid in October. This year their route had to be modified owing to Covid-19 regu- lations but 1,300 sheep and goats, led by Jesus Garzon, recently arrived in Guadar- rama after leaving the Picos de Europa moun- tains in Asturias in the north of Spain. Guadarrama mayor Diosdado Soto, ac- companied by the Madrid Community’s Di- rector General for Agriculture and Livestock, was there to welcome Garzon after his 500- kilometre (310-mile) journey before shep- herd and flock set out again on their journey to the winter pastures.


Sheep farmers belonging to the Asoci-


acion Trashumancia y Naturaleza began herding their flocks through Madrid 27 years ago, although the custom of taking them to milder quarters before winter sets in is cen- turies old. The Association carries out the yearly ritual to draw attention to the need to “pre- serve and conserve” Spain’s Vias Pecuarias, the ancient drover s’ trails that still cross Spain and, very often, its cities. n


November 2020 | Goat Rancher 29


Consignors, left, Suzanne and Kraig Stemme, and buyers, Sandy and Jim Hicks, with the high-selling doe.


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