Twice a year there is a great three day auction held at the Innisfail Auction Market in Innisfail, Alberta. This auction market holds regular cattle sales, as well as horse sales, but is also host to the Odd and Unusual Animal and Bird Auction.
Every Easter, and Thanksgiving, weekend a three day auction is held and on the first day of the sale Goats and Sheep are sold. Typically the sale opens with the bottle babies being sold - both goat kids, and lambs. Then goats are auctioned off, followed by sheep. Very often a few bags of feed are sold and a few other items related to sheep, and/or goats.
Later in the day antiques, and caged pets are sold, with birds selling Saturday, and larger mammals on Sunday (horses, cattle).
The sale is very well run, the animals penned so that people can look prior to the auction and make note of which animals they wish to bid on. The sheep and goats are generally NOT run into the ring in numerical order but rather by gender.
sheep. Fainting goats tend to be very popular at this auction sale as are hair sheep.
If you plan on attending as a buyer it is good to arrive early to have a look at the penned goats and sheep, as well you will want to get a good seat.
If you plan on attending as a seller you will need to arrive extra early and get into line up to unload your animals. Sheep require a CSIP tag.
If you are selling bottle baby goats, or bottle baby lambs, it is generally a good idea to bring a bottle and a days worth of formula powder to supply to the buyer of the animal.
The dates for the 2011 Spring Auction are April 22-24, with sheep and goats selling Friday April 22.
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