Let’s say you’ve been busy getting into the fainting goat game. You’ve’ done your research. You know what to look for when you reading for buying fainting goats, and you’re ready for what comes after, when you get your animals to their new home. But do you know what happens after the sale, as in immediately after the sale? Aside from handing over the money when buying fainting goats, do you know what kinds of paperwork you should be walking away with and what else you might want to bring with you?
Buying Fainting Goats — Immediately After the Sale
Here is a list of papers and documents you should receive when buying fainting goats.
- Bill of Sale – When buying fainting goats make sure you have a Bill of Sale with all of the animal’s information on it, and make sure it is signed by you and the seller. The Bill of Sale should include the date, names of buyer and seller, animal name, description, tattoos or other markings, and any terms or conditions from the sale.
- Registration papers – Registration papers are very important if you’ve purchased a purebred animal. You need to make sure those papers are transferrable to your name. Whoever you’re buying fainting goats from should sign the papers over to you and then send them to the registry association to have them formally transferred. The fees associated with transferring these papers may vary based on the association.
- Health Certificate – If you have to cross state lines to buy your goats, you’ll need a health certificate to get them back to your farm. You should be aware in advance of any blood tests you need so they can be done beforehand. Regulations are different depending on where you are, so check with your vet if you’re not sure about your area. Recent outbreaks of reportable diseases may keep you from moving your animals right away.
- Scrapie numbers – If the fainting goats you buy is a grade, you’ll need a scrapie premises tag from the seller. If the animal is registered, she can travel on her papers as proof of ownership and the point of origin.
- Pictures and extended pedigrees – You may want to get pictures of the animal’s parents and the extended pedigree. This is especially useful if you’re buying a purebred goat.
- Show records – Has the animal been shown in the past? If so a copy of her wins would be good to have in your records.
Buying Fainting Goats — Questions to Ask
In addition to the forms and paperwork you need after buying fainting goats, you’ll want to know the following as well:
- Vaccinations – What kinds of vaccinations has the animal had and when were they administered? Is she due for booster shots?
- Feed – What has the goat been eating? You may want to ask for a little of the grain that the animal has been eating so you can gradually switch her over to the diet you’ll provide. What kinds of minerals is the animal used to? Just like a change in diet for a dog or cat, you’ll want to introduce changes in diet to your goat(s) over the course of a week.
One Last Thing
Finally, bring a collar with you so you can get the animal where it needs to go for transport. Make sure that it’s a collar that won’t come off the goat’s head during transport.
Good luck in buying fainting goats and remember to keep the above information in mind when you’re finally ready to purchase.