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FODDER FOR THOUGHT


I miss the excitement of the West Texas Labor Day sales


Ten years ago this month San Angelo, Texas, was the place to be. For years I had been attending all the Boer goat production sales on Labor Day weekend in West Texas. At one point, there were no less than half a dozen sales over the holiday weekend, beginning Fri- day night with the Southwest Breeders in Ozona, sales in Eldorado and Sonora on Saturday, in San Angelo and Goldthwaite on Sunday, and the Silvergate sale wrapping up each holiday season with its sale on Monday.


But in 2011, all the major players moved their sales under one roof at the San Angelo Fairgrounds. It was a lot more convenient for those trying to attend all the sales, but I missed the visits to the various ranches and venues. I especially missed the numerous meals served


BY TERRY HANKINS Goat Rancher editor


idea of the Labor Day Weekend sales in 1997 when she advertised the first Holiday Sale in Goat Rancher. Consignors to the sale were N&K, Don Smith and Paul Payne and was held Aug. 30 at Don Smith’s Ranch.


N&K Labor Day 2006


over the weekend — from barbecue and cold watermelon at N&K Ranch to the buffet and keg of beer at the Powell-Holman sale. The goats were better than ever at the San Angelo gathering, where one could see literally hundreds of top-quality Boers in a weekend, but some of the magic was gone forever. Kathy Kohls of N&K Ranches in Eldorado first promoted the


The annual pilgrimage grew from there. It was a trip that I and hundreds of others from east of the Mississippi made each year — in search of goats, but also for the social aspect of visiting with top Boer breeders from across the U.S. The Boer indus- try was hitting its stride then and West Texas was where the goats were. In time, however, Boer breeders in other parts of the country began holding their own production sales throughout the year. Midwest- ern and Eastern breeders could now fill the de-


mand for new stock that at one time only the large Texas breeders could fill. A look at the Goat Rancher calendar of events shows more than a dozen sales planned over the next month or so — from coast-to- coast. These regional sales have grown in quality and popularity but I still miss the Labor Day magic of West Texas. n


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