The following is a suggestion for a “national store declaration” we produce a couple of years ago. To the best of our knowledge no seller/mart has used them so (in hope!) we are repeating the article.
The declaration is split into 2 components –
- The most simple information possible displayed in the catalogue and, where appropriate on boards attached to the pens.
- A sheet of paper giving more detailed information of benefit to the buyer. The seller would hand these out to interested buyers.
This would be based on a series of standard abbreviations as listed below.
|EBV of Sire|
Beef Value (£)
Terminal Sire Index (£)
|Herd accredited free of|
Herd accredited free of BVD
Herd accredited free of IBR
Vaccinated against respiratory diseases
Vaccinated against clostridial diseases
|F||Recently treated to fluke|
|TB||Frequency of herd TB test|
|PO||Number of previous owners eg PO 1 means being sold by their breeder|
So a catalogue entry might read –
|£29 BV||Ac BVD||V RD||W||TB 4||PO 1|
These cattle are sired by a bull with a Beef Value of +£29. From a herd accredited free of BVD. They would have been vaccinated against respiratory diseases and wormed but not against fluke. The herd annual TB test would be every 4 years.
This would be filled in by the seller, and copies made available to potential buyers prior to the sale or online. Having purchased the stock the buyer would then be able to refer to the exact details on the animals health status, to avoid double treatments etc while maximising the health of the animal through to slaughter. A blank template is available to download here.
Basil Lowman, email@example.com
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