If you take a whirl around the country to livestock marts, you will notice how bidding styles vary from mart to marts, dealer to dealer, farmer to farmer and frequent to occasional buyers.
While finger movements( mainly completing using the index finger), winking and head-nodding have been accepted as the more traditional-type bidding styles, a wave of a pen, a piece of paper or a plastic bottle can also put you in the race for a beast, let us not mention biting the bottom lip. One’s heart can only go out to those geniuses of auctioneers as they try to make some sense of this unusual, yet, understandable movements with meaning!
Do you bid with a half-opened eye? Do you use vigorous thumb movements? Or does a quick wave of the hand cut the biscuit for you? How would you best sum-up your typical antics?
Use the ‘official’ guide produced by Catherina of That’s Farming, to see how you fare out!
- Finger movements – Keep it traditional! It’s all about the index fingers and the thumb! In some cases, you can extend it to elbow movements!
- Handwaving – You want to keep the sale going strong!
- Head nodding – You’re trying to buy the top priced suckler without being noticed too much.
- Bottle swinging – You’ve bought so many cattle your eyes and fingers are tired out at this stage. Pieces of papers and brown envelopes have also been deemed as acceptable.
- Winking - That’s one way to hide from the competition.
- Straight in the middle of the ring – There is no hiding away from reality.
- Out in the open air – You’re putting on your own mini show.
- Positioning your finger at the side of your face/ on your other shoulder – Now you are sneaky!
- Using another fellow bidder to cover up – You are trying to ‘lift’ a cheap one but using the ‘dealer’s huddle’ to hide from the competition! Is that a bid coming from you as you lean on someone’s shoulder?
- Under a piece of paper/ brown envelope – Now there’s a professional!
- Fast but furious- like a mad-hatter! You like to keep the auctioneer and another bidder on their feet!
- Like a train – You’re throwing bids faster than the auctioneer can take them!
- Slow but painful? -Like an injection?
- Steady but powerful! – You aren’t one to break a sweat, but you are in for the long haul – one should not be fooled or underestimated your abilities!
How would you describe your bidding style after reading our guide? Let us know in the comment’s section below!