Luck money

Electricfencer

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Cotswolds
I made a decision a couple of years ago not to give luck money when selling sheep, in stead I give the fist and best sheep to charity.
I was selling theaves in market last week (not a great trade but that's another story) when someone came up to me saying that he had bought a pen of sheep and wanted his luck. I explained my system to him but he said that i had to give him luck and got very irate with me insisting that i drove to a cash point to get him his money. ( the one thing i didn't wish him was any luck on the sheep for being so rude).
I didn't give him any money and told him where to go, has anyone else been in this situation before?
 
Location
Cleveland
As ridiculous as luck money is it’s a tradition that’s continued through the times....if I buy something whether it be sheep or cattle I never ever ask for any luck but would expect some as I always give some out whenever I sell....I certainly wouldn’t embarrass both parties by going looking for it or becoming irate
 

kfpben

Member
Location
Mid Hampshire
How do you even know who bought them?

I sold cattle this week- big ring, decent crowd. I could see one bloke bidding but not the other three. The buyers usually seem to do it by eyebrow movements so not exactly obvious around a large ring.
 
When l sell lambs l always give the buyer some luck, and if lm buying tups etc l alway think it's bad not to get luck in return, even a fiver. Maybe old fashioned but that's what l think. One dealer who buys thousands of lambs always kisses the licks penny.
 

beardface

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
East Yorkshire
Always thought it’s a ridiculous concept as your paying someone to buy your stock which doesn’t say much does it. I think you have an honourable system @Electricfencer. If the bloke had come to me like that I’d of told him that what he was doing was harassment and I’d be calling the police if he didn’t bugger off, of also inform the mart of the vendors behaviour. I dread to think of the amounts of luck money paid on big money animals like £100,000 tups.
 

valtraman

Member
Don’t think much luck will be passing hands at sheep breeding sales this tear given the poor trade. I never expect any luck when buyIng but it will generally be the older generation that gives some. We always give luck when selling store cattle. Comes to a lot of cash when selling big lots
 

Electricfencer

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Cotswolds
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I was selling 200 of these. And the pen he bought only made £105. I don’t mind giving luck but though it was off being asked and told I had to get some cash out.
 

PaulNix

Member
Location
Cornwall
So at what point in the future does the person who bought the stock and received the luck money think well that guys stock did me well and come give you the luck back ?

We don't see it down here and a good job, I wouldn't pay someone to buy a bullock for the reason they MAY pay a bit more and get your name in the market report.
 

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