Marketing

Market your lambs and wethers between the age of six months and two years in order to obtain the best prices for quality animals. At marketing time animals should weigh at least 30kg. The slaughter market in South Africa generally requires an animal weighing between 30kg and 45kg on the hoof although heavier animals are in demand at certain times of the year.

Remember that a well groomed and fed animal is more pleasing to the eye and it is likely that as a seller you would obtain a better price for your goats.

Develop your production cycle to take advantage of increases in the price of slaughter animals due to seasonal fluctuations such as religious festivals, holiday periods and seasons of the year. Certain times of the year see increases in the price of animals due to a shortage of slaughter animals. This is generally a good time to market your animals.

Try to negotiate a contract with a buyer so that you can be assured of a market for your sale animals at a price and at a time that suits both parties. Feeding slaughter animals for a period past their prime selling time eats into profits as there is usually no premium per kg for heavier animals.

Auction

Auctions are only one method of selling animals.