NEW HOME: Pound goats swept up at auction
THREE lost goats causing a stir on social media have found a new home.
At the beginning of August Southern Downs Regional Council put out an alert on Facebook, looking for the owner of a nanny goat and her two kids.
Unable to identify an owner through tags, the council kept watch over the three, which were found wandering on the north side of Warwick.
In hopes of finding a new home, the goats were put up for auction at the Warwick Pig and Calf Sale on Wednesday.
Crowds gathered around the pens and bids were coming in for the adorable billy goats.
Sweeping in the final call, Allora farmer Tim Somes was the highest bidder, taking the goats home.
A regular at the Pig and Calf sale, Mr Somes goes in search weekly for stock to bring to his farm business, Eggcettera.
"We're a bit selective of what we buy and those three fit the bill for our program,” Mr Somes said.
"From a vendors' perspective it was a pretty tough sale, which is reflective of the season.”
The three have settled into the 40-hectare property, 12km out of Allora.
"I went away from the auction with 10 goats, which will join up with the 30 we already have,” Mr Somes said.
"We'll keep the nanny goat for our breeding program.
"As for her two offspring, we will see how fattening them up goes and try to sell them to one of our Toowoomba or Brisbane buyers.”
Selling free-range produce to Brisbane markets, Eggcettera raises goats, lambs, pigs, beef and pastured eggs.
"Our animals are truly free range and allowed to roam about,” Mr Somes said.
"We make a point of sourcing and buying good quality animals, all providing produce that we are truly proud of.
"We also pride ourselves on the ethical treatment of our animals, which contributes to the delicious resulting food.”