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Sending livestock

I’ve never sent livestock to you before – how do I start?

You need to speak to one of our buyers in your area. They will arrange to come out to see you and your livestock.

We will need your bank details as we pay directly into your bank – you can either fill in a form with the buyer and give it back to them, or complete and send it to the livestock admin team at Colne. Once your account is set up, you can send livestock on the day agreed with your buyer.

How do I contact a buyer?

There is a list of buyers and contact details in the our buyers section of the website.

Will someone come to look at my livestock?

Yes please contact one or our buyers to arrange a visit.

How do I book my livestock in?

Please contact one of our buyers to arrange a visit if required or to enter livestock.

What is this week’s price?

We pay cattle and sheep based on the standard EUROP grid. The base price changes with the market. To get the most up to date price, please contact one of our buyers.

When will I be paid?

Payment is made within 3 working days of the animals being processed. This is done by BACS transfer. If you are a new supplier, you will need to provide your bank details with a copy of a paying is slip before sending livestock. If a carcass is detained, there may be a delay.

What paperwork do I need to send with livestock?

Cattle - passports, Woodheads Food Chain Information (FCI) form and any relevant TB licences.

Lambs - AML1 (movement licence) and Woodheads FCI form. A blank FCI form will be sent out with your payment certificate.

Pigs - eAML2 (electronic movement licence which includes FCI details)

How clean do my livestock need to be?

All livestock need to arrive in a clean and dry state with all cutting lines free of contamination. Please speak to our buyers for further advice.

Do I need to clip my lambs?

For the Turriff plant, all lambs must be clipped from the first Monday in October - full belly, two strips down the neck, and crutched. For the Colne plant, your buyer will inform you when lambs need to be clipped.