2014 Test Station Heifer Consignment Sale
After listening to ideas from both commercial and purebred breeders, the Board of Directors of the Maritime Beef Testing Society has made the decision to offer a consignment Heifer Sale at the annual spring Bull Sale On April 5, 2014.
At the September board meeting the decision was made to not offer the heifer test as it has been conducted in the past. Feed back from this decision lead to the board being presented with a proposal from director Brian Trueman for the development of a heifer sale that will continue to add value to the quality offering of this famous April beef event.
The plan is to sell up to 30 quality heifers consigned by as many consignors as possible. Both purebreds (sold with registration papers) and crossbred commercials preferably F1 but in every case the breed make up and percentage will be mandatory.
This will be a quality event! Bluntly put this will not be a place for common quality heifers, heifers must be offered by March 1, 2014. Rather than a sale commission, a flat fee of $100.00 will be charged per animal sold. Heifers selected will be delivered to the Test Station approximately 1 week prior to the sale date to allow them to calm down, adapt, rest, fill out and allow for early viewing by prospective buyers.
Heifers delivered will be weighed on arrival and must be at least 900 pounds or they will not be accepted, no exceptions! At this time they will be tagged with their lot number sale order will be as they come out of the pen going to the sale ring.
Due to the early sale time pregnancy confirmation will likely be difficult but if confirmed by ultrasound that would be an advantage (this to be done by consignor prior to delivery). An AI breeding date or an observed natural breeding date will be announced but heifer will sell as expose. Heifers exposed but with no observed breeding date will be sold considered open and possibly bred. Exposure bull must be identified.
Obviously heifers should be of high quality as they are representing the consignor’s breeding program at home. The Maritime Beef Testing Society is acting as the sale venue only and any breeding issues are between buyer and seller.
Hopefully with the upturn in the beef industry there will be herd rebuilding and startups in the future. It is our goal that this sale will provide a needed service to purebred and commercial breeders both buyers and sellers and that the Maritime Beef Testing Society continues it’s long tradition as a major player in the development and improvement of the beef industry in Atlantic Canada. If interested contact Ken Thompson at 902-661-2855 or Brian Trueman at 902-667-1137 for more information.