Can I come to the farm to pick out my breeding stock in person?

You are certainly welcome to come to the farm and visually and physically inspect sheep you are planning to purchase, before making your final buying commitment. That said, most of theĀ  year, there are 100-300 sheep here on pasture. It’s not feasible to wander the pasture and point out sheep that catch your eye, and say “is that one for sale and for how much?” I can’t keep track of all those sheep in my head, so any sheep thatĀ  you point out, I’d have to go look it up on my computer to ascertain whether it’s for sale, and to be able to tell you any information about the animal. Only a percentage of the sheep here are for sale as breeding stock, the rest are my “keepers” or are earmarked for the slaughter channel.

Thus, it’s imperative that you come with a “short list” of sheep you are interested in buying and narrow down your final choices from there. For example, if you plan to buy six ewes, I recommend making a list of ten from the website that you like, then coming to view those ten animals and narrow down your choices. It’s most efficient to start with the list of available sheep for sale, or to tell me what you’re looking for and I’ll help you derive a list of sheep that are most likely to meet your needs. It’s also really important that you know your priorities, or you will be overwhelmed by the choices here. Sometimes I have people start out saying “fast growing lambs and crop yield are the most important thing to me”, but when they get here, they get distracted by a pretty pinto ram that has lower growth scores. Or, someone specifies they are working on a tight budget, so I give them a list of lower-cost choices, but then when they arrive, they suddenly become interested in the most expensive animal here and are torn with indecision. This can make the selection process take a long time.

I ask that if you need to spend more than an hour here learning or making purchase selections, that you offer to pay an hourly rate for my time in answering questions, or sorting sheep and presenting them for your inspection. We are so busy on the farm and there is so much work to do, time is very precious. It’s really tough when a potential buyer takes up several hours of time, and then sometimes decides not to even make a purchase. But, it is certainly reasonable to ask to inspect animals before buying, as long as this is done in a time-efficient manner.

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