I have had ads for my lambs for sale for a while now and had only a little interest. However since yesterday I have had at least 4 people call and ask about the ram lambs for sale. One person has already come for two, others have asked if I would hold them until this Friday, or next. I generally do not like "holding" sheep for anyone, even if they pay in advance, it is just not worth the hassle. So many times people insist they are coming and do not show up.
I have had people say they would send me the money in advance, but what if they do, and then something happens to the sheep I have reserved for them (a coyote, or if they suddenly cannot make it to pick the sheep up). There are also lots of scams in which supposed buyers pay by check, then cancel the check, or make an "overpayment" and ask you to give them cash back due to their "error" then cancel the check too!
Now my rule is cash only, first come, first serve, I will not hold sheep for people, nor take advance payments. If you want it, get here, pay for it, and take it!
|Ram lamb in front, some of my older ewes behind.|
Some buyers come prepared, with a couple people to help load. That is always the best, or at least people should ask if they should bring help.
I have had people call and ask if they can butcher the animals on the farm, even though my ads always say they cannot.
I have had people call and ask if they could "fit the sheep in the back of their SUV" to take it home! When I say "NO, he has horns and will break your windows", they say "but we will tie it up!". Of course I would not allow an animal to be transported like that.
For sure selling sheep privately, off the farm, is easier in some ways, but there are complications a person needs to be aware of when selling their own animals and not using an auction market.