Selling stock - Franklin area

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12 years 5 months ago #29371 by Tui Ridge
We have some stock to sell - its time for the bulk of our lambs and some old ewes to go. We also want to sell 3 of our beefies (about 15mths old now).

So whats the best way to sell them?

We could take them to the pukekohe sale yards (though i'm not sure how we'd get the cows there).

Would it be better to get an agent in? (any recommendations?) or sell via Trademe?

This is the first time we've been in the position to sell stock so any advice would be appreciated!

TIA :D
Penny

Me and hubby and 2 boys, Alpacas, Arapawa sheep, Lowline cattle, lots and lots of chooks and ducks ;)

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12 years 5 months ago #399384 by Sue
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Firstly you need a method to get them off the place-have you got yards and a loading ramp?
Are the cattle ear tagged with two official AHB tags-probably a yellow one and a button in the other ear.

If the answer is yes, then there are a few options.
The saleyards might be the simplest option-if you contact a local stock agent (ring the saleyards and they should tell you who to contact) He will come and look, indicate a reserve price, arrange a transport and get the cheque sent to you-less commision and yard fees-and transport if he gets a truck for you.

If you sell on TM it might not reflect their true value-and the buyer has to arrange pick up-and you worry about getting paid.
You could advertise in the local paper, on here in the classifieds or if you get hold of an agent that specialises in small blocks-he may of someone that wants just what you have.
The works/abbatoir are another option but due to the ages your stock might not be ready for that option-except perhaps the old ewes.

Sue
Labrador lover for yonks, breeder of pedigree Murray Grey cattle for almost as long, and passionate poultry person for more years than I care to count.

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12 years 5 months ago #399410 by blimeyvicki
I live in Franklin and i send my stuff to the salesyards in Puke. Ring Elders to get an agent. For transport I highly recommend Counties Livestock Transport, if you leave it to the agent he can send some nightmarish people - this is a lesson I learnt the hard way! He charges $15 per beast and $3 per sheep and he is fantastic with the animals. I thought this was very reasonable.

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12 years 5 months ago #399457 by MooandPop
or the classifieds' on LSB?

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12 years 5 months ago #399463 by Stu_R
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if you have loading ramp .. then ring the local Silver Fern Farms rep for the lambs :) ( $8 a kg at moment :) )

5 retired Greyhounds ( Bridgette , Lilly, GoGo,Sam and now Lenny) 15 friendly sheep all of whom are named and come when you call them :) , 2 goats, Mollie and Eee Bee :
Olive trees , .. old bugger doing the best he can with no money or land :)

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12 years 5 months ago #399467 by LongRidge
As Stu said, get the freezing company stock buyers to help you. Some buy to send onto other properties to fatten. If none will help, then get Wrightsons, RD1, and Elders stock agents to help you. Ours tells us what he thinks he can get for them at the yards, or by a private sale. With our cattle going to the yards we put a reserve on them a bit above the price the agent said, and stay at the yards until they are sold to make a decision if the price did not reach the reserve.

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12 years 5 months ago #399469 by Stu_R
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Very good thoughts there LR .. well said about the sale yards :) .. have seen many times the PG and Elders selling guys ask the owner if the animals are on market or not :)

5 retired Greyhounds ( Bridgette , Lilly, GoGo,Sam and now Lenny) 15 friendly sheep all of whom are named and come when you call them :) , 2 goats, Mollie and Eee Bee :
Olive trees , .. old bugger doing the best he can with no money or land :)

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12 years 5 months ago #399484 by Tui Ridge
Thanks everyone!

Would the silver fern farms guy be interested in 7 lambs? (i.e. low numbers) - they are a decent size no idea on weight though.

We have the loading pen and ramp - and the cattle have 2 ear tags each as well (except the dopey boy who caught his on a fence and ripped it out - he has 1 tag and an ear with a hole in it [B)]:rolleyes:)

Me and hubby and 2 boys, Alpacas, Arapawa sheep, Lowline cattle, lots and lots of chooks and ducks ;)

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12 years 5 months ago #399488 by max2
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You also need a stock movement declaration booklet that can be picked up at the Tuakau yards for free on the wall on the Wrightsons wall.

Sheep are declarable too.

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12 years 5 months ago #399492 by Stu_R
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Yep Silverfern Farms would .. i phoned the local guy here last season and he was happy to come look at 4 :) .... but i have no loading ramp :(

5 retired Greyhounds ( Bridgette , Lilly, GoGo,Sam and now Lenny) 15 friendly sheep all of whom are named and come when you call them :) , 2 goats, Mollie and Eee Bee :
Olive trees , .. old bugger doing the best he can with no money or land :)

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12 years 5 months ago #399504 by 2D
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I sold just two hoggets last week at Pukekohe saleyards. They are quite happy to take just one or two, like that. I have also sold cattle beasts there and endorse what was said about being there and having a reserve on them unless you just want rid of them at any price (e.g. when I was really running out of grass). For the sheep I borrow a trailer with a stock crate on it from a neighbour but for cattle I use a carrier. These days I won't let the agent arrange it unless I give him the names of the carriers I am happy to have - I too have had some horrendous experiences with some of the big carriers. I personally prefer Manukau Livestock Transport and I believe Soppets are good too. A previous post here recommended Maungatapere Transport but I personally haven't used them.

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12 years 5 months ago #399532 by kaybe
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I was at the yards in Hamilton this week and good size lambs went for about $120 each in Frankton, and $108 in Te Awamutu. TradeMe will charge you a $29 listing fee for sheep :-(

Tomorrow is the day I will stop procrastinating.

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12 years 5 months ago #399601 by LongRidge
I've taken a load of ..... 2 ..... lambs into our Alliance plant with no problems. Single cattle is no problem to send to the works, but remember to record your eartag number on the ASD form so that if the weight seems very wrong you can argue with them about who's animal it is. Some works are not too good at paying the seller for his/her animal. That's satisfactory if it is in your favour, but the other farmer feels wronged.

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1 month 3 weeks ago #559515 by sonny
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Hi
I can have a look at your beefier...I am looking for 3 of them

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1 month 2 weeks ago #559523 by Hertz Donut

Hi
I can have a look at your beefier...I am looking for 3 of them
This thread is from 12 years ago, I suspect you're a bit late. Try TradeMe or your local rural Facebook pages

Don't ask me, it was on its side when I got here.

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