We are getting ready for our first Private Treaty Sale and it sure would help if you all could give us your comments on whats good about them and whats bad about
Private Treaty sales. Maybe on what you like to see, how they are run, we have some ideas of our own but in order to make it a success we would like your
suggestions on some that you have attended.
Here are some thoughts I have on ours.
1. Get a hold of all the surrounding county extensions and see if they will release addresses to send flyers to. Some will not release the names but will allow you to take flyers with stamps to them and
they will send them out.
2. Keep advertising as simple and effective as you can. Get a website and promote people to that site to see pictures and info often. Hand out business cards with the web address.
3. Make all your rules clear and defined on your bid sheet that all people pick up when they view the cattle. For Example; No cattle are guarenteed for soundness etc..., All cattle will need to have a cleared check or wired money before they can be taken from the sale. Give a final bid time and so on!
4. If you have guest consigners make it clear to them that they are represented by you and are silent partners. To many people involved with dealing with customers can be complecated.
5. Do phone calls for bids in a private place withought any potential customers around.
6. If you are having sale with one or more person, keep the official bid-off book in the hands of one person and don't comprimise. If rumors get around as to who is bidding it can and will effect the price of
7. If you are bringing in other cattle from other people, get on top of health and get a local vet to help with a procedure. This comes from experience.
I will think of more,
If you have any questions to the above let me know,