1. Kris does not get control of the bidder number...ever.
2. Kris does not sit next to Todd while he is bidding....ever.
3. When Todd gets done bidding and goes back into the barn to help get the rest of the pigs to the auction ring... he MUST take the bidder number with him and tell everyone sitting around me (and the ring crew taking the bids) that I am not to bid...on ANYTHING.
If we follow those 3 little rules, a) We won't get the pig we really, really want (when it hits the $1150 dollar mark we are so beyond done bidding and then we aren't the ones paying $1350 for a 45 lb. pig) b) Todd's sides will be safe from brusing as Jason and I are elbowing him from each side "bid higger....just once more....bid some more" c) we will end up with 3 very nice fair pigs for almost the same cost of the pig that we really wanted and d) I won't just randomly bid on pigs and almost buy us a gilt - which can not be shown as a market animal at our county fair. Fortunately, a good friend of ours was sitting next to me and he clued me in that it was a gilt I was bidding on and not a barrow before I had the winning bid.....
In my defense though....it was a crazy auction....prices were super high and I was really, really worried that we would not even get 1 pig brought. As for the bidding I did on my own - it was simply a fun evening....
We have 1 more pig auction to help with next weekend. Todd will not be there.....I will be helping with assigning bidder numbers and checking people out when the auction is over.....our friends are already trying to figure out a way to get me to bid on 2 pigs for Lousiville this fall......I will not bid. I will not bid. I will not bid. There is no way we can afford to go to Louisville this year....maybe next year.
We'll see how well THAT goes.
P.S. I could not get pictures of the other 2 pigs we brought friday night - there were too many in the pen and it was late (12:30 a.m. late) by the time we got done cleaning up and the majority of the pigs were loaded out. And then we headed out to PA as soon as the kids were done with soccer games Saturday morning....and we got home at 2:15 yesterday and spent the rest of the afternoon getting pens ready to bring the piggies home tonight or tomorrow night, washing a steer and showing the last horse I own to a prospective buyer.
Have a great one!