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sale barn shafted me

Postby mtnhunter » Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:21 am

Bought a bull calf in may of last year. He weighed 770 lbs, Fed him a year and decided he wasnt growing like i thought he should. Figured he might weigh 900 lbs and I am usually low on guessing. Dropped him off at the sale barn and went to work on Mon the day of the sale. Got my check later in the week and the weight was listed as 780 lbs! There is no way that he weighed just as much as he did the year before. I havent contacted them and I dont know of anything I can do but take it. Any suggestions or comments?

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Re: sale barn shafted me

Postby M-5 » Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:43 am

I would ask but most likely it's a lesson learned
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Re: sale barn shafted me

Postby greybeard » Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:53 am

Dang, that's a lot of shrink. I'd call 'em anyway.
Maybe they're one of those places that ..well, pad the buyer's weight ticket and subtract on the seller's ticket. ;-)
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Re: sale barn shafted me

Postby Muddy » Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:24 am

Maybe he wasn't growing so good?

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Re: sale barn shafted me

Postby Caustic Burno » Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:30 am

Muddy wrote:Maybe he wasn't growing so good?


Exactly that barn wouldn't stay in business long with those practices.
Unless you weighed him before the haul it's all speculation.
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Re: sale barn shafted me

Postby TexasBred » Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:32 am

First thing you said was that he wasn't growing good. :shock: :shock:
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Re: sale barn shafted me

Postby tdc_cattle » Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:11 am

I usually weigh mine on the way to the sale barn. Always amazed at the shrink but it's usually within what's considered normal.

I had a bull that lost several hundred pounds from when I loaded him to when he sold. I googled shrink, it was at the top of normal but still considered normal shrink

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Re: sale barn shafted me

Postby tom4018 » Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:07 am

That is one reason I like to see mine weighed, that way there is no second guess. I took some in the past the day before and they mixed up some paperwork but got it right in the end.

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Re: sale barn shafted me

Postby Son of Butch » Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:35 am

I would question the 1st scale weight and whether he actually weighed 770 lbs last May before I'd question the sale barn scale weight. As Caustic Burno said, sale barn wouldn't be in business long doing it.

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Re: sale barn shafted me

Postby Alan » Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:42 am

I agree with the " sale yard would not be in business long" group. If you bought the bull from a private party I would question those scales.
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Re: sale barn shafted me

Postby mtnhunter » Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:08 pm

I bought him from a sale barn so and he looked like he weighed 770 lbs. I watched him grow enough to know he was a lot heavier when i took him to the barn than he was when i bought him. Im usually 50-100 lbs low in a guess. It could have been an honest mistake when the checks were filled out but I dont have anyway that I know of to verify either weight. I bet I dont drop one off and let it sell without watching the sale again. If I had been there I would have made them weigh him again.

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Re: sale barn shafted me

Postby Muddy » Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:51 pm

But then you said "decided he wasnt growing like I thought he should" in your first post.

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Re: sale barn shafted me

Postby js1234 » Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:44 pm

Most likely he was a non doer, grew frame making him look somewhat bigger while he was actually rolling backwards on you. Salebarns with very, very, very few exceptions don't cheat consignors. Certainly not on a single. What was the gain to them? 120lbs. at $150/cwt.? There isn't a sale barn out there that will risk P&S shutting their doors over $180.
As far as an honest mistake on checks or something, while very unusual, it certainly is not impossible.
Hope your next steer is a better experience.

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Re: sale barn shafted me

Postby M-5 » Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:43 pm

Most barns have cameras with a split screen on weight. Just ask to see the tape.
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Re: sale barn shafted me

Postby denvermartinfarms » Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:44 pm

js1234 wrote:Most likely he was a non doer, grew frame making him look somewhat bigger while he was actually rolling backwards on you. Salebarns with very, very, very few exceptions don't cheat consignors. Certainly not on a single. What was the gain to them? 120lbs. at $150/cwt.? There isn't a sale barn out there that will risk P&S shutting their doors over $180.
As far as an honest mistake on checks or something, while very unusual, it certainly is not impossible.
Hope your next steer is a better experience.

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