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Northern Lights Boer Goat Sale

By Renae B. Vander Schaaf

Date Modified: 10/22/2012 2:59 PM

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PIPESTONE, Minn. — Sandi Steinhoff-Muller was extra busy Oct. 6.

She and her husband, Tom, were part of the team making sure everything went well at the Northern Lights Boer Breeding Goat Sale. It was the sixth annual sale organized by the Pride of Minnesota Boer Goats, LLC.

Ten producers from Iowa and Minnesota consigned Boer goat bucks and does to the Pipestone sale, which has been growing steadily for six years since its inception. Dean Stoltenberg was the auctioneer.

Boer goats have been a good fit for the Muller farm, said Steinhoff-Muller. Seven years ago her husband had seen an article about their growing popularity.

"I was pregnant with our second daughter and thought we should wait," she said. "That extra year of research convinced us that Boer goats belonged on our farm."

They sought out genetics from herds in Texas, Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri and other states.

Today their three daughters Tia, 16, Tyenna, 9, and Taylin, 7, help care for the Sweet Creek Boer Goats. They participate in many shows and sales.

Tia's animals received the overall 2012 Champion and Reserve Champion Market Goat at the Minnesota Boer Goat Association contest held at the state fair.

Interest in Boer goats continues to grow on both the demand side for meat and in numbers of families raising Boers, said Steinhoff-Muller.

Heidi Greniger understands why Boers continue to gain in popularity. Her family raises both dairy and meat goats on their farm near Maple Lake. The Greniger family were also instrumental in organizing the Northern Lights Boer Goat Sale.

"We had the dairy goats for our family because of milk allergies," said Greniger. "It just seemed natural to look at the meat side, also."

Seven years ago they added Boers for meat and breeding stock. Boers are a good choice for families, said Greniger. They are fun and their size is less intimidating to children.

The top-selling buck was consigned by Clark and Laura Huinker, Breezy Acres Boer Goats of Fairmont. Troy and Heather Opdahl, Hazel, S.D., purchased the buck for $2,400.

In addition to dairy cows, they have twenty Boer goats which their daughters Taryn and Talayna really like. Taryn is beginning 4-H and the Opdahl's felt this was a good buck for her project, as he has excellent bloodlines, showing strength and good size.

Mike and Monique Natale, Runnells, Iowa, made the highest bid for the top-selling doe. Sweet Creek Boer Goats consigned the doe that sold for $1,700.