BLCS Sale Rules


BYE LAW – 14



14.1  Preliminary: the subjoined rules are prescribed for the use of members of the Society who may be desirous of adopting them and are applicable to sales of British Limousin cattle by auction.  They shall, in any case, be applicable to all collective sales held under the auspices of the Society and shall be applied and enforced by Auctioneers appointed by the Society to organise and conduct such sales.

It is condition of the authority given by the Society for the use of these Rules by any member for his own sale that the member shall before the sale deliver to the Secretary for the time being of the Society or to the Auctioneers acting on behalf of the Society an Agreement in writing signed by the member in the form prescribed by the Society, which Agreement may be obtained on application to the secretary of the Society or to the appointed Auctioneers.

Auctioneers committing or wilfully permitting a breach of the Rules shall be disqualified from holding future auctions under the Rules, unless and until the Council of the Society shall determine otherwise.

Only full members of the Society are eligible to sell cattle at Official Society Sales.


a)  At all official sales the auctioneers will collect on behalf of the Society 1% of the total sales gross.

b)  At official sales which are classified as collective sales all animals will be sold in guineas. The Society will collect as a commission a percentage of the guinea as agreed with the appointed auctioneer prior to the sale.

Official Pedigree Transfers will be effected free of charge by the British Limousin Cattle Society as soon as possible after all official sales.

14.3 AUCTION RULES –           

14.3.1 The advertisements and catalogues of sale shall state plainly that the sale is to be held under the British Limousin Cattle Society’s Auction Sale Rules and subject to recommended Conditions of Sale of the National Beef Association.

14.3.2  In all published particulars of female animals to be sold, the date of the last service shall be stated in the catalogue of sale or by the Auctioneers at the time of sale.  In the event of a cow or heifer having been running with a bull, the date of both the commencement and the termination of the running period must be stated and in the event of a cow or heifer having been served or inseminated by two or more bulls, or by the same bull at different heat periods, the names of all such bulls and the dates of service or insemination must be given. NOTE:  If there is an interval of less than three weeks running periods with different bulls, or between a running period and an individual service, or insemination by different bulls, Vendors must ensure that all bulls concerned are DNA profiled or blood tested at the time  of use so that, in the event of any question as to the identity of the sire of any calf being raised by a Purchaser after the sale a DNA profile or bloodtype check can be arranged by the Society on the  Purchaser’s behalf, but at the expense of the Vendor, to prevent the necessity of cancellation or refusal of registration which  might otherwise result. Arrangements for the DNA profiling or blood typing of the bulls concerned should be made through the Society so that records can be kept of all the details, both by the Society and the recognised blood typing agency.

14.3.3  The minimum selling age for bulls entered in Official Collective Society Sales is 14 months of age.

14.3.4  An animal cannot be substituted into a collective sale after the catalogue for that sale has been printed.

14.3.5   Vendors whose animals, at a collective sale, have been officially weight-recorded by Signet will have weight, EBV’s and Society Index Information published in the catalogue of sale to the following criteria;

Animals that have a 300 or a 400 day weight plus one other under 400 days.  Additionally an animal under one year of age will be eligible to have figures printed if it has any Signet recorded weights.

Figures for daily live weight gain will not be quoted.  Apart from the publication of authenticated Signet weights in the catalogue of sale, no other unofficial data may be given at the time of sale and Vendors will not be permitted to display unofficial or non-authenticated data in the sale premises or on the lairage pens, neither will any facilities be provided for weighing animals in the sale premises, except by specific order of the Society Inspectors.

At Reduction, Production, Dispersal, Calf or Weaned Calf sales, recorded herds are allowed to publish all performance information available.  All or no performance information must be published in these instances.

14.3.6   In all cases where a female has been flushed for embryo transplant purposes, such fact must be stated on the entry form and will be printed in the catalogue.

14.3.7   All animals catalogued for sale, where applicable, from the British Limousin Pedigree Register will have their Grade % and pedigree status clearly printed in the sale catalogue.

14.3.8   Where a registeredLimousin female is entered in a sale as being in-calf, the catalogue will clearly state the service sire details.

14.3.9   All statements made in the sale catalogue are the entire responsibility of the Vendor.

14.3.10  Where a sale is advertised as a dispersal sale the herd prefix will cease to exist upon the completion of the sale.  A dispersal sale cannot be held in parts over a period of time.

Breeders holding a dispersal sale may retain bulls and semen for future use or sale. When bulls are sold from which semen has been collected, details of all semen retained must be published in the sale catalogue.

14.3.11  The name and address of the Vendor (if more than one Vendor, the names and addresses of each Vendor, together with a clear indication of which Lots in the catalogue belong to each Vendor), shall be stated in the catalogue of sale.

14.3.12  No animal that is not registered with the British Limousin Cattle Society nor any animal that is not owned by a member of the Society shall be offered for sale by auction subject to these Rules.  Every animal entered for the sale must be the bona fide property of the Exhibitor.

14.3.13  If a bull from which semen has been taken and stored is offered for sale it must be stated in the catalogue whether the semen so stored is to pass with the bull or whether it is to be retained by the Vendor.

14.3.14  No member may enter an animal in two Official Collective Society sales, during the same sale season. If the closing date for a future sale has passed before the sale date for which an animal is catalogued then that animal’s entry for the future sale will not be eligible.

14.3.15  Any animal entered for sale which is a twin or is otherwise one of a multiple birth must be so described in the catalogue. If it is a twin this description shall state whether it is twin to a bull or a heifer and if it is otherwise one of a multiple birth this description shall state the sex of the other calves. A heifer that is twin with a bull or is otherwise one of a multiple birth which includes a bull calf cannot be entered for sale until she has been certified pregnant by a Veterinary Surgeon, except in a dispersal sale in which case it shall be stated in the catalogue of sale that the sale of the twin animal is subject to the Society’s Rules and Conditions.

14.3.16  All calves offered for sale must be identified in accordance with the Society’s regulations and must have been registered with the Society by the Vendor, or the entry must have been lodged with the secretary of the Society. The Auctioneers shall have power to deduct from the sale proceeds a sum of money sufficient to cover the costs of such registration in the Society’s Herd Book, if such cost or fees have not been paid by the Vendor at the time of sale.

14.3.17  Members electing to sell their cattle subject to these Rules shall have the option of offering their animals subject to the rules governing the importation of bovines into all countries.  Such option must be indicated by the Vendor in the catalogue of sale.

N.B.  Animals which are offered for export sale are the subject of special conditions which are binding upon both Vendor and Purchaser.

14.3.18  In the case of any animal to be sold that has been involved in any way in the process of embryo transplant the following information shall be clearly stated in the catalogue of sale:-

(a)  In the case of an animal whose birth is as a result of embryo transplant the fact shall be clearly stated.

(b)  In the case of a female that has been flushed for   embryo transplant purposes, it shall be clearly stated in the catalogue of sale:

(i) how many times she has been flushed;

(ii) how many embryos have been implanted;

(iii) How many embryos have been frozen but not yet implanted

14.3.19  No specific warranty as to soundness of udder is given or implied but Vendors must declare any known faults, deficiencies or unsoundness at the time of sale.

14.3.20  If a member of the Society shall commit or knowingly suffer any breach of these Rules he or she shall be deemed guilty of conduct derogatory to the character and prejudicial to the interests of the Society’s Articles, Rules and byelaws, as the case may be.

14.3.21  Notwithstanding anything in these Rules contained, the decision of the Council shall in all matters be final and binding on all parties and the council may order the payment of such costs and expenses as it thinks fit.

A member of the Society being a party to a dispute shall have the right to require the Council of the Society to settle the same.

14.3.22  Calves sold suckling their dams are given to the purchaser free and no guarantees apply unless specifically stated by the Vendor at the time of sale.

Calves sold suckling their dams at any sale under society rules will be subject to an identity inspection only.

14.3.23  Where a cow or heifer calves at a later date than the due date stated in the catalogue, the onus of proving the identity of the service bull shall be upon the Vendor.

14.3.24  Any female (cow or heifer) that has been flushed for embryo transplant will be excluded from the terms of the guarantee but individual Vendors of such animals shall have the opinion of giving their personal guarantee, to be announced at the time of sale.

All claims under National Beef Association Terms & Conditions ofSalemust be submitted within the correct time limits in writing to the Auctioneers who will forthwith inform the Vendor and the Secretary of the Society of the receipt of a claim.


Preliminary:  It may be necessary for a sale to be cancelled at any time and the Society retains power for this purpose.  The Society also reserves the right to limit the number of entries from any one Vendor should such limitation, in its opinion, be necessary or desirable.

14.4.1  All BLCS registered males and females to be offered for sale as single Lots (except calves sold at dam’s side).

14.4.2   All cattle entered at collective Official Society sales must be trained to lead by halter and be lead by halter during inspection and sale. Females entered in the collective Official Society Unhaltered Sales will be the only exemption to this rule.

14.4.3   All animals entered in the sale will be inspected on the sale premises at a time fixed by the Auctioneers and the Society.  Animals which are not presented for inspection at the times published in the catalogue will be rejected from the sale.  The appointed panel of inspectors reserve the right to inspect animals outwith the published times in the event of exceptional circumstances.

All registeredLimousinsentered for collective Official Society Sales are subject to inspection by a Veterinary Surgeon appointed by the Society and by an inspection panel also appointed by the Society.

All registeredLimousinsentered for Official Society production, reduction and dispersal sales are subject to an identity check only by a Society appointed inspector.

14.4.4   HERD HEALTH

As of 1st May 2011 a number of premier Collective Society Sales, as determined by Council and detailed in Appendix C of these Byelaws, are only open to members of a CHeCS (Cattle Health Certification Standards) licenced herd health scheme.  Members must be adhering to the terms of the CHeCS scheme and the CHeCS scheme in question must be pursing accreditation for a given disease.  Details of available CHeCS schemes is available for viewing at

As a minimum, the following applies:-

a) Herds must have had a whole herd test, annually, for Johne’s disease through a CHeCS licensed scheme and in adherence with that schemes terms.

b) All sale animals male and female, including calves at foot, presented at the sales detailed in Appendix C, must be EITHER from a BVD Accredited Herd within a CHeCS approved Herd Health Scheme OR to have been BVD tested virus free.   All animals forward will require to be BVD vaccinated prior to sale with an approved vaccine.  Pregnant animals must have had testing and vaccination completed prior to service.  Vaccination of calves at foot to be in accordance with CHeCS guidelines and recommendations.

All information provided is supplied by the vendor and it is their responsibility to ensure all the details are correct.

By completing and signing the respective sale entry forms members agree to and accept all BLCS byelaws pertaining to Official BLCS Sales.  The BLCS reserves the right to check the accuracy of the information provided by members with the relevant CHeCS licensed schemes.


All animals forward for the inspection at official collective Society sales will be sale numbered.  An animal which fails any part of the pre-sale inspection will have its ticket red spray marked.  These animals will be eligible to remain in their allocated pens but must not have their spray marked numbers removed.  Any vendor or his representative failing to comply with this rule will be subject to disciplinary action by the society.


At the point of inspection all animals born after01 January 1998must be clearly identified in accordance with bye-law 3.12. This includes all calves at foot. Animals presented for sale, born before01 January 1998, must be clearly tattooed in either ear with the Herdbook number of the animal as detailed on the official pedigree certificate.  PLEASE NOTE: As from July 1995 the tattooing of suffixes indicating FOT, British pedigree status and polled status was no longer required.

Animals with faint or incorrect ear tattoo numbers must be re-tattooed prior to the sale subject to the prior approval of the BLCS Herd Book Department.  After entry into the market, all animals with a faint or incorrect identity will be rejected by the inspectors.


All bulls entered for BLCS Official Collective Sales will be weighed by an independent Signet Officer and these weights may be announced at the time of sale.  Bulls must satisfy the minimum weight for age standards for BLCS National Sales as outlined in Appendix B.

Bulls not attaining the minimum weight at the point of inspection will be rejected from the sale and cannot be represented for a second weighing.


All animals must be placed in a suitable crush in the market to allow the Society’s Veterinary surgeon to carry out inspections at collective sales.

14.7.1  Eyes

The veterinary surgeon will examine the animal’s eyes with an ophthalmoscope to ensure that the retinas and lenses are sound.  The veterinary surgeon retains the right to reject an animal for eye defects.

14.7.2  Teeth

Teeth must make proper contact with the dental pad of the upper jaw but due allowance will be made for the age and dental development of the animal.  Any animal with severely undershot or severely overshot jaws will be rejected.

Where the veterinary surgeon declares that an animal is marginally overshot or undershot that animal may still be offered through the sale. The auctioneer will announce that at the point of inspection the animal was found to be marginally overshot or undershot.   Any animal declared by the vet as having marginal teeth is not eligible to be shown within the pre-sale show.  Animals declared by the vet as having marginal teeth may be paraded in the appropriate class, once around the show ring, by a handler not wearing a white coat.  Animals adjudged to have marginal teeth at the time of inspection will have their sale numbers marked with a yellow spray.

14.7.3  Testicles

Bull’s testicles will be measured and inspected by the veterinary surgeon.  They must be a minimum size of 32cm in circumference, measured at the widest point of the scrotum.   The vet retains the right at his discretion to reject any bulls with uneven or soft testicles.

14.7.4   Udders

Female’s udders must be inspected by the veterinary surgeon.  Cows with active mastitis will be rejected.  Females with blind quarters may be entered but an announcement must be made at the time of sale.

14.7.5   Warts

Animals with active warts must be treated by the member’s veterinary surgeon at least a month before the sale, and a vet’s certificate should be available for inspection at theSale.

The Society veterinary surgeon will reject animals with warts around the genitalia, or in areas where there is a high risk that they will transmit infection to other animals in the buyers’ herd.

14.7.6   General Health

Animals with active infections, a contagious disease, or a disorder or condition, may be rejected by the veterinary surgeon.  Minor injuries may be treated by a veterinary surgeon in the market but this must be announced at the time of sale.

The decisions of the veterinary surgeon appointed by the Society are final and binding. Any animal which is considered by the vet to be not in a healthy and proper condition to be presented as representing a good specimen of the breed at an official collective sale will be rejected.


14.8.1 Breed Standards

All animals must conform toLimousinbreed standards – please refer to bye-law 1.

Any male or female which has a solid patch of hair of an inconsistent colour with the main coat colour and which is larger than 1.25cm in diameter except below a straight line extending from where the flank meets the anterior aspect of the hind leg to the point of the sternum (breast bone) and not including the legs, will be rejected by the inspectors.

Please refer to Diagram A in byelaw 1.2.

14.8.2  Conformation

Animals sold at official sales must have good general conformation.  Bulls and females with poor conformation will be rejected by the inspectors.

14.8.3  Locomotion

Animals with bad faults in legs, feet or locomotion will be finally rejected by the veterinary inspector.

14.8.4  Temperament

Animals which exhibit poor temperament in the market or during inspection will be rejected by the inspectors.

14.8.5  Blood/DNA Typing

Inspectors reserve the right to take a blood sample or a hair sample from any given animal for the purpose of confirming parentage, drug testing or for other veterinary tests at their absolute discretion.

14.8.6  Rejected cows with calves at foot

If a cow is rejected from the pre-sale inspection the calf at foot cannot be sold on its own unless it has been entered in the sale catalogue as an ‘A’ lot.

14.8.7  Inspection of ‘A’ lots

Where a calf at foot offered at a collective sale is catalogued as an ‘A’ lot that calf will be subject to a full pre-sale inspection.


The decisions of inspectors are final and binding on vendors.  There is no formal appeals procedure.

14.10  Exhibitors will, in all cases, be responsible for the care of their stock.

14.11 Each exhibitor must have at least one person in charge of his stock, which shall be in such person’s sole care.

14.12  All animals are accepted for sale on the terms that the Vendor warrants his or her right to sell the same and undertakes to indemnify the society and the Auctioneers against all actions, proceedings, claims, demands, costs, charges and expenses to which they may be exposed by reason of any defect in the Vendor’s title.

14.13  No animal, once delivered, may leave the Sale Premises without an official  ‘Pass-out’ slip, obtainable only from the Auctioneers.

14.14 Vendors must provide their own fodder and feeding stuffs for their stock, also buckets, drinking utensils etc.  A limited quantity of straw (not more than one bale for two animals) for bedding will be provided by the Auctioneers free of charge and Vendors who may require more than this quantity should provide their own.

14.15    All entries must be made on the approved or official Entry Form and must be received by the appointed Auctioneers not later than the date stated in the Sale Schedule.  Irrespective of circumstances, LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

14.16  All entries must be accompanied by the Societies Official Pedigree Certificate relating to the animal(s) entered or they will be returned.  Pedigree Certificates for unsold animals will be returned to the Vendors after the sale.  The entry of a female that has been artificially inseminated and will be sold in calf must be accompanied by the official A.I. Certificate.

14.17  Entry Forms may be obtained from the official Auctioneers as stated in the Sale Schedule.  A separate form must be completed for each animal exhibited save in the case of suckling calves to be sold with their dams in which case full particulars of the calf must be given on the Entry Form for the dam.  The Exhibitor of such suckling calves must warrant that the birth of the calf has been registered with the Society, or will be so registered and the appropriate Pedigree Certificate (if available) must be submitted with the entry.

14.18    No liability whatsoever is undertaken by the Society or the Auctioneers for any error or mis-statement on the Entry Form, and all information given on the Entry Firm is the sole responsibility of the Exhibitor.

14.19  At the discretion of the Council of the Society, all Vendors may be required to parade their animals in the sale premises, at a fixed time to be notified, so as to submit them to public inspection before the sale.

14.20    Every Vendor, or an authorised representative, is responsible for presenting his or her own animals to the sale ring at the due time, in accordance with the order of sale.  Any animal not presented for sale in the correct order will be sold at the end of the sale.

14.21  Each Vendor, or an authorised representative, must be present in THE SALE RING at the time his or her animal is offered for sale.

14.22  All animals will be sold in catalogue order and no alteration will be permitted to the order of sale save in special circumstances as authorised by the Stewards or Auctioneers.  Bulls will be catalogued and sold first, followed by pedigree females. Within each section, animals will be catalogued in descending age order.

14.23    The Auctioneers shall for all purposes be deemed to sell as agents for a disclosed principal.

14.24    In the event of any alteration to the catalogue particulars being necessary, the Vendors must furnish full details of such alteration to the Auctioneers before the commencement of the sale which shall then be announced from the rostrum at the time of sale.  Such statements made from the rostrum shall take precedence over the catalogue information.

14.25    All animals will be sold inGUINEAS (105 pence).

14.26    All bulls forward at a collective sale will be subject to the Society’s upset price of 1500 guineas.  The Society’s Council retains the right to alter the upset price for bulls at its discretion.

14.27    All females forward at collective sales, NOMINATED by the Society’s Council, will be subject to the Society’s upset price of 800 guineas.  The Council retains the right to alter the upset price for females at its discretion.

14.28    No animal, once delivered to the Sale Premises, may be sold privately prior to the sale but must be passed through the auction sale except in the case of injury or, for females in the process of calving, at the discretion of the Stewards.

14.29    Any animals in the Sale Premises which are sold by private treaty after the auction are subject to the full commission on the price realised and all such transactions must be passed through the Auctioneers.

14.30  Vendors shall have the right to fix a reserve price for any or all of their entries.  Such reserve prices must be notified to the Auctioneers before or at the time the animal concerned enters the sale ring.

14.31    The sale proceeds are guaranteed by the Auctioneers (except in the case of animals sold for export for which special conditions apply) who will account to Vendors within 7 days of the sale.

14.32 All animals will be at the risk of the Vendor up to the fall of the hammer and at the risk of the Purchaser thereafter.

NOTE: Special Conditions apply to the sale of animals for export.

14.33  All bulls over the age of 10 months must be ringed.

14.34  No person under the age of 16 years shall be permitted to lead any animal, either on parade, show or in theSale ring.

14.35  No undertaking by the society or its appointed Auctioneers or their servants to take charge of any animal before, during or after the sale or to forward any animal to its destination shall impose upon Society, its appointed Auctioneers or their servants any liability or obligation or vitiate any of these Conditions.

14.36  In case of any violation of these Regulations, or of any false statements  being made by any Vendor regarding his or her entry or entries or any other act calculated to deceive the Stewards, Society inspectors, appointed Auctioneers and their servants, or to mislead the public, the animals owned by such Vendor shall be rejected from the sale and removed from the Sale Premises.  The person or persons offending and the specifics of the offence will be referred to the Society’s disciplinary procedure.

14.37  The Society will endeavour to prevent any breach of these Rules but no warranty whatever is given by the Society in respect of the observance or any breach of the Regulations or in respect of any animal that has been entered at any suchSale nor shall any warranty on behalf of the Society be implied.

14.38    The Council of the Society reserve the right to refuse the entries for theSale of any person without being called upon to give their reasons, also the right to amend, vary or supplement these Regulations.