Selling cattle at auction

Marzeus von Hemelen By Marzeus von Hemelen, 25th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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I'm doing my exercises on music when Father comes knock on the door of Lordly House.

He asks me if I would like to go with Uncle Gus and him to an auction in about an hour. They've loaded the cattle this morning onto a truck, and they're going to sell them at auction in Voortrekkerdorp.

Selling cattle at auction

I'm a little caught off guard, and stand there without a word, thinking for a while. I already kinda planned my day, but then I think sure why not and just tell him I'll come.

For some months, Father, Mother, Uncle Gus and Auntie René have been pondering about what to do with the cattle. Since Father sold The Chicken Factory in 2007, he had to cut off and sell most all of his Tower Hills land, leaving him only with a small piece.

By negotiating with neighbouring farmers for favors and agreements regarding the use of their land to add to the grazing land of the cattle, Father and Uncle Gus have been able to keep a large herd of cattle, that is supposed to produce the income to pay for Uncle Gus and Auntie René.

But it's been getting really tough. We just don't have enough land to farm with cattle on. And then of course, recently Duggles decided he's just going to quit his job working for us if he cannot keep his own herd of cattle on our small stretch of land too.

So, we arrive at the auction grounds.

First, the sheep and goats are auctioned off in small stalls. Many black people seem to buy during this part of the auction. In fact, the auctioneer seems to know them all by name, and actually seems to know by now who tends to buy what, because he focuses certain individuals' attention on certain animals that are being auctioned off, seemingly knowing exactly who is interested in what.

Then we move to the cattle kraals where they chase either one or a group of cattle into a circle, and the people sitting on a small sheltered pavillion bid on the animals on show. Also, there's a table where they're selling pies and cooldrinks and sausage rolls and vetkoek.

Father and Uncle Gus' cattle are doing well, and it appears afterwards that the total of the prices the cattle fetched wasn't below their expectations, so that's good.

Now we have a lot less cattle, and can probably manage them on our small piece of land.

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Animals, Auction, Cattle, Cows, Farm, Farming, Feed, Grazing, Land, Vendition

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I like eggs for breakfast. I live on top of a hill inside a beautiful but old dwelling complex. I like to take life in through my senses and then give feedback through my writing.

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