"Buying and Selling Dairy Cows"
by Anna Poelo
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Buying and selling dairy cows isn't a splendid task, and requires time and effort to make careful inspections and healthy decisions. You'll want to buy the healthiest dairy cows if you're a buyer, and you'll need to make sure that the cows you sell are fit and right to sell as a seller.

Obviously, one important factor to consider when buying or selling cows is the health of the animal. It is the seller's responsibility to offer healthy cattle and the buyer's initiative to make certain that he/she buys a healthy one.

A buyer should make sure that the seller has double-tagged the cows (prior to moving). The seller should have given the cows a primary tag that carries a bar code representing the herd code and animal ID. There should also be a secondary tag, which can be tamper-proof plastic ear tags, metal ear tags, or a radio-frequency device. Cows with no tags or identification should be checked for their origin and health status, and buyers should refrain from choosing cows with no tags.

When buying dairy cows, you'll also need to know a couple of things before you set off to buy one or a herd. You have to first know what price range to expect. Just like shopping for any other products, you should at least know how much to expect before you go off to the farm or livestock auctions. You can look up the prices or the price range of different dairy cows on the Internet. There are also a lot of sellers online that you can make a deal through the Web. But, of course, to ensure the health and quality of the cows it is still better to see the cows for yourself before buying them.

If you're new to the dairy cow buying and selling, it might be best that you familiarize yourself with the sale's vocabulary or terms. For example, a young dairy cow that is presently giving milk is referred to as "fresh" and a cow that is not bred is called "open."

If you're going to an auction barn, make sure you arrive at least an hour before the auction begins. This is to allow you to have time to take a look at the animals and observe their quality, age, size, and health.

Prior to buying the dairy cows, you should already have your pasture ready, tightly fenced and enclosed. Check to see that the shelter you've constructed for the cows is okay and stable. Feeds and water supply should be already established. It would be a hassle both for you and the cows if you did not prepare these beforehand. Make sure that you also have a veterinarian near you in case of of cow health emergency.

Basically, what is really important is the dairy cows' health and their identification --- their quality. Who would want to buy a sickly or an uncertain cow? It is the buyer's right to be picky when it comes to buying livestock and animals. The seller, on the other hand, has to offer the best in order to make a sale.

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I am a webmaster from Agents of Value Webmaster Staffing Company. I graduated from university with a degree in Business Administration (Marketing). I indulge myself in sports and like to hang out with my friends.

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