Guess who went to a Friday Night Auction??
If you guessed me, you'd guess right! Becca and I hightailed it up to Roger's Auction. It's every Friday night at 6 pm. I took 2 rabbits to sell and Becca took 1 rooster, 3 ducks, and 1 rabbit.
We were very pleased with what our animals went for up there. I mean, the roosters all sell for at least $4 each - except for two LF OEG roos that sold for $50 each!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyway, they had a lot of baby goaties - bottle babies - E said I was absolutely NOT allowed to bid on goats! He said NO NO NO. He was very serious.
He didn't say anything about not bidding on calves or ducks.
And originally I wasn't going to bid on calves - except I watched two dairy cross bottle baby steers sell for $15 a head. Do you know how cheap that is?!
I looked at Becca and said for $15 I'm getting a calf! then I said "I should really call E first."
Except, Becca's phone was in her car. Shoot. I was trying to decide what to do - do I bid on a calf, and hope he's not mad, or do I continute to beg Becca to go get her phone - she said she wouldn't make it back to the auction area in time - and miss out on a calf all together?
The auctioneer meantime was trying to get bids on Jersey Bull Calves. High bidder would have choice.
No one was bidding. He was down to $1 per calf. PER CALF PEOPLE!
My card went up. I bid.
Someone else bid.
I bid again.
Other person bid again.
I bid again - at $6.
They bid $7 - and I stopped and didn't bid again because I was trying to decide if E would kill me.
I looked at Becca again and said I need to call him.
Auction ended at $7 and the high bidder took 1 calf. The auctioneer looked at me and said, "Would you like one for $7?" I hesitated for a split second, and then said yes. I mean, it's only $7!! and they were beautiful!
Then he asked "would you like two?"
I was dithering, I mean, yea for $7 I wanted two, but what would E say??
Instead of saying yes, I blurted - "I really need to call my husband first!"
The entire auction arena errupted into laughter. The lady infront of us whips out her phone and says, "Here, call him!"
I'm calling E and the auction is continuing. The next calf sold for $9 - still dirt cheap! E answers -
Me: I just bought a calf for $7!
E: We don't need a calf.
Me: But I bought one! for $7!
E: They're only going for $7? Ok.
Me: NO I JUST BOUGHT ONE FOR $7 AND DO WE WANT TWO?
E: You're in Becca's car! How are you going to haul a calf home?
Me: She has a tarp, we're going to tarp the back (Becca and I had sorta discussed this)
E: What about milk replacer? you don't have any milk replacer here - it's all gone.
Me: We'll stop at TSC for milk replacer
Becca says "TSC closes at 9 or 10"
The Lady who's phone I'm using says - "They sell Milk Replacer here." (and it's at this point that I realize half of the auction arena is very intently listening to my phone conversation to see just how this little drama plays out!)
Me to E: They sell milk replacer here! We'll buy some here on our way out.
Becca to me - Do you want a second calf? They are $2!!!
Me to E: It's only $2 for a second calf - do you want me to do it??
E - Hysterical laughter. Seriously. He's hysterically laughing into the phone - and I'm needing a decision.
Me: WELL? DO WE WANT A SECOND CALF FOR $2?!
E: Still hysterically laughing - I don't care, do whatever. *more laughing* Have fun.
I hang up the phone and shoot my hand up into the air for a $2 calf. The auctioneer says, "Do you want them all? There's only 4 left and they're $2 each."
O M G
I excitedly exclaimed, "We're hauling them in the back of a Blazer, I can't take them all!
This resulted in an almost rioteous uproar of laughter.
They added one $2 calf to my other calf.
So we go and pay and then we're loading up everything, and this older couple ask us if we'd like a third calf. They had bought 3 of the $2 calves, but really didn't have the space for the third.
So once again I called E - this was that conversation:
Me: OK, we have two calves in the back of Becca's Blazer -
*more laughing from his end*
Me: Do we want a third one? this lady bought 3 for $2 each and asked if we'd take one for $2. Becca said we could fit it in.
E: Do what you want, but that means one more calf that we have to feed -
Me: I know! I'm Ok with that.
So we stuffed a third - although smaller - calf into the back.
The one lady who works at the auction thanked me profusely for taking that third calf. I was sorta confused, and she said that the couple taking those calves don't really take good care of their animals.
I asked what she meant and her reply was, "Well, she says she feeds them.........."
I nearly cried - and it almost made me wish I had taken another calf from her, because she had offered to let me take 2 of her 3.
Anyway, I paid $11 for three Jersey Bull calves - it's not every day a person can say that lol
And, they are beautiful!