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B.C. small and exotic livestock sale and farmers market coming to Kamloops

FILE PHOTO- A goat pictured at the Armstrong fair in this undated photo. Goats are one of many animals welcomed at the B.C. Small and Exotic Livestock Sale and Farmers Market.
May 28, 2019 - 10:33 AM

KAMLOOPS - Hold your horses, this one's for the small animals. 

The first ever Small and Exotic Livestock and Animal Sale and Farmers Market will be put on by B.C. Livestock on June 1.

The event was conceived due to the lack of options for people looking to buy and sell animals in the Thompson-Okanagan region. Erin Mastalier and Patrick Trueman with B.C. Livestock are helping to put on the event that shows goats, llamas, alpacas, rabbits, fowl, and miniature animals of all types.

Mastalier hopes that the event will fill a gap that the Valley Auction left for selling small livestock.

"I'm hoping we can start reconnecting all the community, like the backyard farmers, the hobby farmers, gardeners, and vegetable gardeners," she says.

Farmers market spots are still available for registration and welcome goods such as fruits and vegetables, honey, seeds, crafts, antiques and plants.

The animals being sold can be kept as pets or used for meat, says Trueman.

"There's going to be people buying goats and pigs, obviously some of that are going to go for meat down the road. It's up to the buyer. There's going to be chickens too, some of them may be laying hens, some of them might be meat birds."

The event organizers noted that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has restrictions on animal transport, and they will do their best to ensure all animals are transported safely. An animal transporter is available for hire through B.C. Livestock.

The event will be held at the Kamloops Stockyard at 10145 Dallas Dr. on June 1, beginning at 12 p.m.

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