We got an update from Deb about Starvin‘ Marvin’s first night. “We let Marvin stay in the brick entry way. We put an entire package of puppy training pads down, he did pretty well. He snuggled up on the carpet in another part of the hall and went to sleep. This morning he went outside and had his breakfast. He has a huge appetite and once he runs out of hay he will try to eat anything else in sight. He got to say hi to the big horses. Then he got a nice warm shower because he had so much mud crusted on his tummy. After he was completely dry and well fed he went outside to the dog pen in his new rain poncho without the dogs of course. He likes it inside the big dog house. Perfect fit and it’s close enough I can keep an eye on him. He is demanding cable and Internet access but I think that is pushing it.”
“Napping in the hall, at least until the flash went off in his face.”
“The cats are extremely confused about a horse being inside while they are outside. Very twilight zone . I found them all huddled up in the horse trailer later on. I hope this hasn’t caused permanent identity issues for them.”
There is a comment on yesterdays blog that states: “The killer buyers I’ve seen at other sales do not target RLA because it’s a small sale. It costs way too much money to send a horse over the border to be slaughtered. They’re not going to buy a $100 horse at RLA and pay $500 to send it to Mexico. It just doesn’t make sense money wise for the killer buyers to do so.”
That’s right, killer buyers do attend lots of other auctions, and the exact same guys also go to Roseville. We’ve been to many other other auctions, and the kb’s are easy to spot. When the price hits the bottom they nod to the auctioneer and the price starts going up. There were horses that sold for $50 at the last auction. If you go to Fallon Livestock Exchanges website, adult dier horses (horses that are sold for slaughter) are selling for 10-26 cents a lb, that is $100-$260 for a 1,000 lb horse. And yes, the KB’s make a lot of money paying that for horses and then sending them to slaughter. It may take $500 to send a truck to Mexico, but when you have 15 horses in a trailer, that is only $33 a horse. They certainly don’t worry about feed and water on the trip, so the math is simple from a KB’s perspective: buy a horse for $100 at the auction, spend $33 to ship it to Mexico, get a nice fat wad of cash. It’s really sad there are people that would be willing to ship horses to slaughter, over 100,000 so far this year. And yes, many of those come from the state of California.