A kill buyer buys horses to ship to a slaughter house or feedlot. Essentially they buy horses, aggregate the horses in their own kill pen or feedlot, and then ship them directly to a horse slaughter house or to a feedlot associated with a slaughter house. Kill buyers have contracts with the slaughter houses that they need to satisfy.
A Kill buyer may also be a horse trader, so not all horses bought by a kill buyer may go to kill. The more servicable horses may be resold, especially if the kill buyer has purchased more horses than is needed for the contract with the slaughter house.
Kill buyers typically acquire horses at the major kill auctions horse auctions. They also work with horse dealers who acquire horses from smaller auctions, racetracks and other places where horses are easily acquired.
A horse dealer may be a kill buyer and a kill buyer may be a horse dealer.
Some kill buyers will work with horse rescues. This can happen at kill auctions where a kill buyer will resell a horse for a mark up, typically either $50 or $100.
Discussions Regarding Kill Buyers
Known Kill Buyers
Also review this Killer Buyer List
Neil Dilon- VA (New Holland- Eylers- mt.Airy- Moorefield- Smith Grove)
Jack Hannah- MN
Mike O'Connal SD
Trent Ward-Texas (Auctioneer at many auctions including Sunnyvale on Lawson Rd, every Thursday, Canton every first Monday, Cleburne every Wednesday)
Mike McBarron-Texas (Auctioneer is partnered with Trent)
Don Nickerson-NY Buys at New Holland Ships to Canada
Dennis Chavez-NM Ships to Mexico
Jason and Buck Ryan-KY
Terry Lee Brooke-MO
Ole Olson-NV, WA , OR Ships to Mexico
Jack Paluso-OR Ships to Canada
Chuck Walker-WA Owns Feedlot in WA that ships to Florence Packing Feedlot in WA that ships to Bouvry Canada.
Les and Jack Ryan-WA
Ron Moriarity - WA (Auctioneer and owner of the Enumclaw Sales Pavilion) Ships to Canada
David Misner-CA (Los Angeles area)
Ray Barrett (Barry)-CA (Stockton - Turlock area)
Vern Ring-NJ (phone # is 609 992 6740)
PAT HOUDE is a Kill Buyer in Manitoba
Grof (Jeff Grof is a kill buyer based out of Lindsay Ontario)
Barkey (Dan Barkey used to run the Claremont Horse Auction - it is now run by Bill Simmons - next auction July 24)
Calvin Kuepfer (kill buyer and auctioneer - was conducting the horse auction at Millbank and has been seen at OLEX and Claremont auctions).
The name Dan Albrecht comes up too - which is very interesting, in that the Albrecht name is known in Pincher Creek - where a large slaughter bound horse feed lot exists in Alberta.
"JP Soucy" - Based out of Quebec. Well hidden, but equally well known Kill buyer, frequents OLEX, Waterloo, Selby, Galletta livestock auctions. Commonly seen at auction, rarely bidding as much of his business is done through the hands of Jeff Grof, and Dan Albrecht. No known contact information.