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  • What is the cost to list livestock for sale on The Cattle Range?
  • Do I have to price the cattle on the listing?
  • Does a listing have to include photos?
  • How do I send photos?
  • How do I ensure problem-free payment from a buyer?
  • What about the  Beef Check-Off?
  • What should I do when the cattle sell?
  • How do I remit payment to The Cattle Range?
  • E-mail The Cattle Range with other questions...
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    What is the cost to list livestock for sale on The Cattle Range ?
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    There is no charge to list your livestock... The Cattle Range receives a sale fee only if you sell to a buyer who located the livestock on the website. 
    • If sold otherwise, or no longer on the market, you pay nothing.
    • If sold to a buyer originating from the website, you pay a sale fee based on the number & class of cattle listed... Sale Fee Schedule
    The Cattle Range operates on an "Honor System" based on the integrity of cattlemen and are rarely disappointed for doing so.
     

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    Do I have to price the cattle on the listing ?
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    A price is not required...

    However, listings with livestock priced within the current market range will receive more buyer interest.

    Because of the significant price fluctuations that occur for Stocker Calves and Feeder Cattle, you may want to list the price for them as...

    • "Negotiable" or "Contact Seller for price quote" or  "Will consider reasonable offers", etc.
    • If you do list a price, the flexibility of The Cattle Range allows you to contact us anytime with a price change.
    Regardless of how you market them, it's unlikely your livestock will bring more than they're worth...
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    Does a listing have to include photos ?
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    No...

    A Cattle Range listing doesn't need photos to be effective.  However, photos increase buyer interest, especially if you have attractive cattle for sale.

    • It’s not necessary to have an expensive camera… Photos taken with the $5 disposable cameras available at Walmart, K-Mart, etc., take excellent photos. 
    • Photos of a few individual animals with some daylight around them show the cattle better than photos of a tightly bunched group, especially if the cattle are predominately the same color.

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    How do I send photos ?
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    Two ways...
    • Photos taken with a digital camera or scanned into computer format can be transmitted to The Cattle Range via e-mail...  See the "Submit Photos" link located on the main page of the website.
    • Or you can send them via regular mail and we’ll add them to your listing upon receipt... Mailing address is available at "Contact TCR"

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    How do I ensure problem-free payment from a buyer ?
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    This is a problem with a simple solution... 
     
  • Require a reasonable down payment.
  • Request a bank reference or other assurance of the Buyer's ability to pay.
  • If still uncertain, stipulate payment terms that ensure problem-free payment in full.
  • Certified Check - Require buyer to have a Certified Check for the estimated sales amount at delivery.  After weighing and/or sorting the cattle, if the actual amount due is more than the Certified Check, accept the buyer's company or personal check for the difference... If less, you give him a check.
  • Wire Transfer - Once the total sales amount is determined, require buyer to wire the funds to your bank account. You don't have to wait for the funds to get to your bank.  Once the buyer has called in the wiring instructions, have your bank verify with his bank that the wire is underway and you can be assured the funds will arrive shortly.  An advantage to this plan is that "wired funds" are "collected funds" and you will get immediate credit at your bank instead of having to wait several days, or more, before you have access to the sales proceeds.
  • In reality, the payment plan described above is the safest way to go...  Many cattlemen will recall that auctions, feedyards, and order buying companies can become insolvent just like an individual...  And dealing with a "bonded" buyer or company provides a false sense of security because if a major problem arises, the amount of the bond is often insufficient to cover a large claim or multiple smaller claims, and you could end up getting "pennies" on the "dollar" for your cattle.
     

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    What about the Beef Check-Off?
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    No effect...

    The Cattle Range acts only as a facilitator and does not participate in the transaction.  Buyers and sellers deal directly, and accordingly, the Beef Check-Off assessment should be handled like any private treaty sale.

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    What should I do when the cattle sell ?
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    Notify us when your Livestock/Item(s) are sold, either to a buyer originating from the website, sold otherwise, or no longer on the market...
    • Call 1.800.381.4848
    • Submit notification from the "SOLD" Notification link located on the main page of the website.
    • If you didn't submit your listing on-line and received an invoice, sign the "No Sale" certification and mail it to The Cattle Range.
     

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    How do I remit payment to The Cattle Range ?
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    Mail payment to The Cattle Range...
    • If you submitted your listing on-line, you should have received an e-mail stating the sale fee per head... There is a link to a "Remittance Form" on the main page of the website.  Complete the form, print a copy, and enclose with your payment.  You can also print a copy for your records.
    • If you didn't submit your listing on-line and received an invoice, complete the remittance portion at the bottom of the invoice, detach, and enclose with your payment.
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