Mass sheep theft prompts Lowood farmers to diversify
FOR this family, Wednesday's Pig and Calf was only one of the firsts they had encountered as part of their farming journey.
Father-and-son duo, Nathan and Neil Sheppard were first-timers at the sales, selling seven goats but the stock itself was a relatively new commodity for the pair.
The Lowood-based family started farming goats after they had to give up on sheep, due to widespread theft.
"We couldn't keep sheep," Neil said.
"We had sheep but people kept stealing them. Our house and farm is across a main road and people just stole them."
Stumbling upon goat farming, the Sheppards decided to diversify and hadn't looked back since.
"We saw these goats and well, we love them," Neil said.
"When we go down there, they come right up to you. They're like our pets."
Born in Brisbane, Neil only experienced country life when he married his wife and they took over her family farm.
The farm had been in the family for 80 years and Neil said he was happy to take it on.
"When I met my wife, I liked the farm so I stayed."