When you are new to farming, it may seem a daunting task to go and purchase livestock from a saleyard.
Crowds of people moving from pen to pen, stock agents rattling off facts and figures and the worry of buying a whole herd by accidentally itching your forehead.
No need to worry, there are other ways to buy your animals!
Talk to your local stock agent and let them know what you are after. They will be able to give you a good idea of price, how many animals you need and they can even organise transport for you.
If you know what you are after you can look on Trademe or other online sites for suitable animals, you need to be careful when purchasing animals this way, make sure the animals are healthy and you aren’t paying too much. It’s a good idea to go and see the animals if you can.
Farmers sell excess stock from time to time, these may be animals that don’t suit the look of the rest of the herd, or some of the smaller animals. These are ideal for the lifestyle farmer as you will find when they are removed from the herd and as grazing pressure is reduced, they do really well.
Talk to your neighbours they may have excess stock and can help you with advice on animals. Ask them what animals they have, where they got them and how they look after them.
Just remember buying animals doesn't have to be daunting experience.
DIY advice for lifestylers, written by Kiwi Cattle Yards owner, Euan Seymour.