Selling Farm Animals

Selling Farm Animals

If you raise farm animals, it is inevitable that you will need to find new homes for some of them at some point.  In fact, selling animals you raise yourself can be a lucrative business.  Depending on your management methods, you can even make a living by selling livestock, so long as you can make efforts to keep the costs down.

There are some best practices to follow when you sell any animal from your farm, such as providing a bill of sale, offering a health guarantee, and offering registered stock, if possible.

Bill of Sale
A bill of sale will lay out the conditions of the sale, including the animal to be sold, the selling price, and any special considerations such as a delayed pickup date, vaccinations or other treatments agreed to, and payment arrangements.  Both parties should sign and date the agreement, and note when payments are made or when payment is made in full.

Health Guarantee
A health guarantee does not guarantee that the animal will stay healthy indefinitely; it just assures the buyer that the animal they are getting is healthy now.  Typical health guarantees offer a replacement or refund within a short time frame, such as seven days, from the date the animal is picked up.

Registration greatly increases the value of an animal.  This is true for almost any type of animal, and the cost to register is very minimal.  For example, I raise goats and a registered kid is worth at least twice that of an unregistered kid.  It costs a few dollars to register, so it is well worth the investment.

Selling farm animals is a great way to help offset the costs of feeding them, and can even turn into a profitable business if you choose.