Livestock markets options and ideas during shutdown

Sid

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Livestock Farmer
Location
South Molton
Perhaps weigh stores, have a camera across the ring towards a marker in the ring to show height gauged in colour segment to make it easier to see height and finally a grading of conformation front middle and rear on a 1-5 scale.

Maybe a new thread on market options. We need to be thinking ahead for those that dont want to attend and in case of the inevitable
 

som farmer

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Livestock Farmer
Location
somerset
tricky question, you need plenty round the ring, to 'drive' the trade, anything looking cheap, to someone, puts a few extra bids on, sellers need to be there to 'judge' prices, and answer any questions/problems. At least there won't be a canteen for the dealers to have a 'little' chat beforehand, while drinking a cup of tea !
 

Sid

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Livestock Farmer
Location
South Molton
better to put out a message that we need markets open rather than try to replace them......i appreciate your sentiment @Sid..... but trying to suggest alternatives just gives our enemies ammo IMO
Not replaced in any way shape or form. I want them to stay open

What I would like to see is vendors dropping stock off, buyers being present but also putting the sale process online for vendors or those wanting to gauge trade to be able to "attend" virtually.
 

Dry Rot

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Livestock Farmer
Ebay seems to manage, though I appreciate no live animal sales. If the market is wide enough, buyers will quickly spot what seems to be a bargain. Isn't there a site "Sellmylivestock" that is doing rather well? Yes, here we go. 65,000 farmers can't be wrong. Maybe be one for TFF?

 

casper74

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Location
North Yorkshire
Our local mart has sent message out drop off and leave if possible. Assume buyers are still going to be present
It seems the sensible thing to do at the moment, particularly with fat stock, bit harder with stores, Hopefully the relationships we build up with the buyers of our own stock will help if not there to represent stock and trust in the auctioneers selling stock to do the best for you.
 

andybk

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Mendips Somerset
It seems the sensible thing to do at the moment, particularly with fat stock, bit harder with stores, Hopefully the relationships we build up with the buyers of our own stock will help if not there to represent stock and trust in the auctioneers selling stock to do the best for you.
be ok as long as dealers dont see an opportunity to play silly sods , auctions will never recover if they allow it to happen . I havnt sold a lamb deadweight since F+m for same reason .
landlord has set up a shop in their pub carpark sell veg from bristol fruit market , cauli is 4x price it was last week wholesale ?
suppose feed inputs are going to sky rocket now ,
 

som farmer

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Livestock Farmer
Location
somerset
calves at Salisbury tomorrow, dairy at Exeter Friday, lets hope they happen, and keep going, if not...… for us, fb calves, or crappy other will have to be shot, there is only so much we can manage, and the really important ones, are the replacement hfr calves, no point in letting them suffer, because of to many others.
 

Anymulewilldo

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Cheshire
If I can deliver lectures via Microsoft teams with live webcam broadcast then it should be entirely possible to conduct an auction in the same manner - buyers can bid through the live chat window.
You can't feel the finish on a fat Hogg via live chat. Weight alone is no indication of finish. Can probably sell store cattle like that but I'd want to feel sheep before buying. delivering lectures is nothing like buying stock for your business.
 

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