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Offline SlickTxMaine

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Risk of buying a calf online
« on: April 06, 2019, 10:36:21 PM »
I know there are a ton of online auctions, but what are the risks of buying from an individual based on pictures and videos?  I'm looking at a heifer two states over, too far to drive. Buyer has sent quite a few pictures and videos. Anyone ever burned?  What are things I should look for or ask? 

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Re: Risk of buying a calf online
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2019, 06:35:14 AM »
Depends on if you are dealing with honest people. I've bought 6 sight unseen with pics and  videos and have been pleased every time.

I used a friend as a second opinion to make sure I am not looking past something.

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Re: Risk of buying a calf online
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2019, 06:40:54 AM »
Depends on if you are dealing with honest people. I've bought 6 sight unseen with pics and  videos and have been pleased every time.

I used a friend as a second opinion to make sure I am not looking past something.
Good advice.  Ask every question you can think of too. I always ask about the size and anticipated grow the animal has also. That's one thing that's hard to determine. 
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Re: Risk of buying a calf online
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2019, 12:20:03 PM »
bought a supposed char composite online and never got papers

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Re: Risk of buying a calf online
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2019, 12:23:18 PM »
bought a supposed char composite online and never got papers


call the association. 

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Re: Risk of buying a calf online
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2019, 06:21:30 PM »
bought a supposed char composite online and never got papers


call the association.

I've been waiting for 2 years from DSUL to get me papers on a bull I purchased.  How many times is someone supposed to call them to ask where the papers are?  I was calling every 2 weeks then once a month.  I set my calendar to call.  I called the association a few times and I just finally waved the white flag...

I also bought one from Swanson in Iowa and the sent me the wrong bred.  I finally got ahold of the auction company because they kept changing the story on me.  I ended up buying the other heifer also that was already in my barn.  I tried getting papers on both and still waiting for a txt back or call back since last year....

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Re: Risk of buying a calf online
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2019, 06:44:25 PM »
Go into town-get a lawyer and SUE THEM IN YOUR LOCAL KANGAROO COURT WITH A JURY OF YOUR PEERS THEY HAVE TO SHOW BECAUSE THE ANIMALS OR VARIATIONS THEREOF ARE ON YOUR PROPERTY AND A$10000 OR SO JUDGEMENT SERVED AT HIS SALE WOULD MAKE HIM LOOK LIKE THE POMPOUS NO CLASS HORSES A@$%^()_S THAT HE IS-Im so sick of smug ass$%&*)_:ES like DSUL I COULDSPIT-OR BOP HIM ONE ON HIS FASHIONABLE NOSE-IF HE GOT HIS ASS LIT UP IN PUBLIC HE MIGHT THINK TWICE ABOUT THAT PETTY GREEDY BEHAVIOR-WHICH SHOULD BE RELEGATED TO A COMMON SHOPLIFTER-YOU READING THIS BIGGGGGSHOTTTT? O0
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Re: Risk of buying a calf online
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2019, 08:37:41 PM »
what did the association say?


It is a civil matter?


at what point will the association pull memberships for this stuff?


is there a formal way to protest one's membership status?

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Re: Risk of buying a calf online
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2019, 02:09:52 PM »
I always try to get a picture with a person next to the calf.  That will give you some idea of scale and proportion. I have bought some midgets and some monsters from photos that looked great but when compared to their contemporaries they didn't measure up.  If you can, have a friend that lives close run over and take a quick look.  Pictures and videos are a snapshot in time and tell the story at that moment, not the whole story.  Also, I like to see a persons place.  Champions tend to come from a place that is managed like a champion. 

Not getting registration papers is a whole other animal.  If I don't get promised papers I tend to make a hobby out of you.  Calling twice a day tends to get results and asking everyone they know- "Hey, have you seen "Joe".  I have been trying to get a hold of him and wanted to be sure he is OK.  Tell him to call me if you see him."

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Re: Risk of buying a calf online
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2019, 02:45:02 PM »
Frame size is the thing I really worry about. Like others have said, make sure you have an idea on the frame size or ask for a hip height. But at some point the price point of the calf is so high that you have to see it in person, in my opinion.

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Re: Risk of buying a calf online
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2019, 05:24:45 PM »
what did the association say?


It is a civil matter?


at what point will the association pull memberships for this stuff?


is there a formal way to protest one's membership status?/// Actually maybe 6 or 7 years ago-there was a major meeting to boot the biggest money Shorthorn breeder that got shot down by one vote or something and he was warned -The secretary now doesnt have the guts to do anything though

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Re: Risk of buying a calf online
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2019, 08:14:01 PM »
A lot of the club calf deal is about creating a image.......a mental picture........even deception. If you don't know the people or you haven't seen the calf before hand or don't have a trusted scout to evaluate the animal it is buyer beware. I have bought a bull sight unseen from a guy with an great reputation. A great reputation with commercial working class people. Just my opinion.
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Re: Risk of buying a calf online
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2019, 04:25:35 PM »
A lot of the club calf deal is about creating a image.......a mental picture........even deception. If you don't know the people or you haven't seen the calf before hand or don't have a trusted scout to evaluate the animal it is buyer beware. I have bought a bull sight unseen from a guy with an great reputation. A great reputation with commercial working class people. Just my opinion.

I agree with you aj.  This deal is all about the reputation of the seller.

I have bought show steers sight unseen.  No video, no pictures, no nothing.  I trusted the seller, and the steers were BETTER than I imagined.

My one piece of advice, ask for a weight on the calf.  If I have the weight, and the pictures and videos...I always felt that I wasn't buying one that wasn't going to grow.  Most guys can guess a weight within 25 pounds below 450 pounds, and within 50 pounds above that.  That is close enough.  Where a guy gets in trouble is thinking you are bidding on a 550 pounder that really weight 400 pounds.

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Re: Risk of buying a calf online
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2019, 05:27:33 PM »
Frame size is the thing I really worry about. Like others have said, make sure you have an idea on the frame size or ask for a hip height. But at some point the price point of the calf is so high that you have to see it in person, in my opinion./// You and Steve 123 above have both made very good points-I think frame is very important-Alot of these calves are a tick away from being dwarfs-but you cant tell with no reference points
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Re: Risk of buying a calf online
« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2019, 06:48:45 PM »
I bought a bred heifer from Jimmy Martin in Indiana, thru a sale he had with Trennopohl.  I was supposed to get papers,  but they never came.  I was selling the cow and really needed them.  I called and called his cell and finally got ahold of him.  He told me if I had bought her on one of his big sales, that he would have gotten me papers, but since i didn't he wasnt. I didnt take this as an excuse...I called every contact I had for his operation and finally got ahold of his wife and she promptly got everything straightened out and apologized for what I told her that I said. 

I dont get this.  I tell everyone i know to stay away.

 

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