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FODDER FOR THOUGHT


Ewing & Donna Downen make surprise visit to sale


I didn’t make it out to Hamilton, Texas, this year for the Living the Dream Boer Goat Sale in August but I was surprised at who did show up — Ewing and Donna Downen. These Boer goat pioneers have been out of the limelight for a good many years now but they have granddaughters who now have an interest.


Ewing and Donna bought the high-selling doe and were volume buyers at the sale, which is a carry-over from the famous Don Smith sales. Don died in 2017 but Walter and Ruby Kemp maintain the Smith genetics and are carrying them into the future. One thing that is not a surprise is that Ewing and Donna would choose this sale to purchase some foundation does — it was the Downens and Don who partnered to bring some of the first Boer goats into the U.S. Ewing told me in an e-mail: “We thought it ap- propriate to buy a few of Don’s top does for our granddaughters to get the Pipeline flowing again.” Wait a minute! Did he say Pipeline — as in the 1999 National Champion Buck? If that was a hint, then we shouldn’t be surprised what these Don Smith does will be producing in the future. The high-selling doe sold for $4,400. The high-selling buck, con- signed by Living the Dream co-host K&D Boer Goats, also brought $4,400. The buck was purchased by Lazy Day Farm in Georgia.


Some of the does the Downens purchased.


Ewing and Donna Downen (left) and Ruby and Walter Kemp after the sale.


I took this photo in 2002 when the Downens lived in Early, Texas.


The sale had 60 registered buyers in-house and 25 buyers made purchases through DVAuction. “We want to send a big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who helped make Living the Dream a successful sale,” said the Kemps and Kirk and Darlene Perry from K&D. n


BY TERRY HANKINS Goat Rancher editor


4 Goat Rancher | September 2020


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