ETA: I've decided not to settle for a dairy goat, rather simply wait until I can get what I really want(jersey cow ). Thank you all for your help. I'll leave this open for others interested in goat/sheep auctions. I've been dying to own a Jersey milk cow, but I just can't swing that initial buying cost right now. So, I've settled on a dairy goat or two for now. I think Nubians are beautiful, so I will probably be keeping an eye out for one of those. I've really no interest in showing goats, so I don't need anything pedigreed or show quality. Just something pretty that provides us with milk. I recently found that there is actually a weekly goat and sheep auction just an hour away, usually around 100 goats. A gentleman that attends said that you can get some pretty good deals at those auctions. It is a "graded" sale, not quite so sure what that means. Anyone care to enlighten me? Pros and cons of getting a nubian milk goat from the auction? What is a 'graded' auction? What should I look for?(other than healthy weight, coat, clear eyes, clear nose, etc) I know they may very well not be trained to hand milk, I'm patient and willing to work with them. Things that should be done when they're brought home. As with any animal, a routine quarantine is in order.(deworming? etc) I appreciate any input.