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|How do I purchase cattle at the sale?|
Firstly, ensure you have a PIC (Property Identification Code) for your landholding. To check your PIC, contact your local DPI office.
Then, complete a Buyer Registration Card at the Saleyards Office when you next attend a sale. The Buyer Registration Card collects information such as the trading name for any purchases, address where the account is to be sent, phone contacts and most importantly, the destination PIC that you want your cattle transferred to. You only need to complete this registration the first time you purchase, or if any details change.
To purchase cattle, enter the Saleyards Complex through the gate showing the "Sale Day Public Access" sign, under the big fig tree, and follow the sale until it gets to the pen or pens you are interested in. All pens are offered on a cents/kg basis first. If there is no interest to purchase by liveweight, the Agent will then offer the pen on a $/head basis. Usually, most pens are sold cents/kg, with the exception of cows & calves, which are nearly always sold $/head.
To bid on livestock, simply catch the attention of the selling Agent. Wave your finger, hand, hat or small child, whatever, you prefer. The bidding will begin. If you are successful, the selling Agent will point to you and ask "What account?" or "What name?". Yell out the name you put on your Buyer Registration Card - simple as that!
After you have finished purchasing, return to the Saleyards office. Complete the buyers delivery instructions to advise if you would like your cattle fed or dipped, what day you will be picking them up, or the name of the carrier who will pick them up on your behalf. If you do not have a carrier, speak to your preferred Agent, who will recommend one for you.
The Agent will then forward an account for your purchases in the mail (usually within 7 days), and the Saleyards will do all NLIS transfers, along with any feeding and/or dipping as requested.