Croft & Small Farms: At the Mart – Buying and Selling Livestock the Basics

Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!

Buying or selling stock for the first time at an auction mart can be a daunting prospect. However, it is an important part of your business. How can you ensure you get the best price for your stock? Do you know what buyers are looking for and want to see in your cattle and sheep?

This series of meetings will help you to understand the process of selling at the mart from choosing and preparing your sale stock, practicalities on sale day to adding value to your stock by knowing when to sell and to how batch your sale animals.

Key topics covered this evening include: 

  • Registering your herd or flock for the first time
  • Sale type and stock class eg prime, weaned, cull etc
  • Rare and minority breeds
  • Understanding sale price
  • Selling stock/ID and paperwork
  • Penning and haulage
  • Animal health and travel
  • Biosecurity
  • Understanding the catalogue


  • Sarah Balfour – SAC Consulting
  • Ruth Fraser – Strathspey Vets

Join us online across three consecutive weeks beginning Tuesday 9th November at 7.30pm to hear about buying and selling at the mart and how best to sell your stock.

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