Inspection Criteria at Society Sponsored Sales
(Revised October 2015)
MINIMUM HEIGHT WEIGHT AND SCROTUM DIMENSIONS
This document is published to help members select cattle of the right type and specification, for entry into prestigious sales, held under the auspices of the Society. It also sets out criteria for the Society’s Volunteer Inspectors to work to, which in turn, facilitates uniformity across all Society sales. Apart from meeting the minimum standards stated below, pedigree cattle should also conform to the Society’s Bylaws, number 1.1 of which states: -
“The definition of the breed’s
characteristics is as follows: -
A long, large bodied beef animal with fine bones, double muscle, sloping rump and hidden hips, strong legs and correct mouth. Coat colour can be black, white, blue, or any combination of these colours that is acceptable to the Council.”
1. The ear tattoo should be clearly legible and the letters and numbers agree with the pedigrees. Animals born after 1 January 1998 require no tattoo, on condition that they have been double tagged, as per Ministry regulations
2. Animals must conform to minimum heights and weights specified by the Society’s Council. See over for the detailed charts
3. Teeth and jaws should be correct in terms of position and bone structure. A degree of latitude shall be allowed where an animal is cutting teeth. The Chief Inspectors decision is final, with regard to acceptable jaw and teeth configurations. Animals with mildly defective teeth or jaws will be marked in yellow and allowed to be sold through the ring, in catalogue order, with an accompanying rostrum announcement; ‘This animal has not fulfilled the Society inspection criteria in respect of jaws and teeth’. Where it is a veterinary decision that the animal be rejected then the animal shall be rejected in the normal way, with no appeal, marked in red and not be permitted to be sold through the ring.
4. The testicles and sheath shall be checked for correctness. Testicles should be of good conformation and consistency, with the epididymis showing definition. The minimum circumference of the scrotum between 10 and 24 months is shown overleaf. Animals over 24 months must have a minimum scrotal circumference of 33cm.
5. All animals must be in good, healthy condition and free from signs of infectious diseases, such as Viral Warts, Live Ring Worm etc. (A Veterinary certificate must accompany animals if previously treated, this treatment must have been carried out at least 14 days prior to the sale), Mange, New Forest Disease, Lice.
6. All animals should be able to walk correctly, on the day of inspection, with no genetic defects. The general mobility of the animal should be acceptable for practical use and not be detrimental to the breed’s reputation. Bulls with an exceptional conformation will be allowed a degree of latitude with regard to mobility
The Council of the British Blue Cattle Society would urge all potential vendors to adhere strictly to these notes when entering cattle into official sales and to seek advice, prior to the sale, if they are uncertain as to whether an animal will pass. This will avoid the disappointment of any of their cattle being rejected by the Inspectors.
Should any cattle be rejected, it is the vendor’s responsibility to ensure that the Lot Number is sprayed in red at the time of inspection. Such cattle may be sold privately from the pens, the sale going through the auctioneer’s books.
Rejected animals may not be sold through the pedigree or commercial ring at a Society sale
A Vendor must not enter for sale, any animal with a potentially dangerous temperament. The Society’s Inspectors have the right to demand the immediate removal, from the sale and the sale premises, of any animal, which, in their opinion, demonstrates a temperament, which could be dangerous to the public
All Animals Must Be Halter Trained, No Animal Shall Have Horns
It is a statutory requirement that any bull over the age of 12 months, sold through a public auction, shall have a ring in its nose
The objective of the Official Society Inspection is primarily in place to raise the breed standard and the inspection panel’s decision is intended as a purchasers guide only. Prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves as to the suitability of an animal for their particular requirements. By bidding for an animal the intended purchaser accepts the Societies and Auctioneers conditions of sale, the animal being theirs at the fall of the hammer.
3 Month Rule – No calf, whether pedigree or commercial, under the age of 3 months will be accepted for either the show, or sale.
|WEIGHT FOR AGE|
|Months||Days||Min Weight in Kgs|
|3||90||139||110||For Data Collection Purposes only|
|730||692||622||For Data Collection Purposes only|
|Bulls over 24 months of age will pass inspection, provided that they are over 687 kg in weight.|
|Heifers over 24 months of age will pass inspection, provided that they are over 617 kg in weight.|
|HEIGHT FOR AGE|
|Months||Days||Min Height in cms|
|3||90||104||101||For Data Collection Purposes Only|
|25||750||135||132||For Data Collection Purposes Only|
|Bulls over 24 months of age will pass the inspection provided that they are 134cms or over|
|Heifers over 24 months of age will pass the inspection provided that they are131cms or over|
|MINIMUM SCROTAL CIRCUMFERENCE|
24 months must have