The Hexham-based National Beef Association (NBA), working closely with the pedigree sector, has revised its terms and conditions of sale to make them more robust and workable for both purchasers and vendors of pedigree cattle, within the practicalities of the insurance and legal industry.
The NBA Rules, as they have been termed for many years, were adopted by breed societies for use at their society sales and have formed a base for resolving any disputes arising after sale.
Formerly, a charge was made through the auctioneer to cover the NBA cost to both purchaser and vendor.
But now the body has decided to make the new revised terms available free of charge to its breed society members, for use at their society sales.
Chairman of the NBA Pedigree Committee and board director Caroline Poultney said: “We have taken the original rules as the basis for this revised set of terms and conditions, and they have been approved by veterinary, insurance and legal professionals as a sound basis for settling any potential disputes between buyer and seller.
“However, as breed societies, we would always advocate an amicable settling of any issues as soon as possible, without recourse to legal proceedings unless absolutely necessary.”
The National Beef Association is recognised as the beef cattle industry’s consultative body and the voice for a wide range of beef-related national industry committees, which direct national beef industry policy.
A company registered by guarantee with membership being open to everyone with an interest in the British cattle industry, it promotes the breeding of beef cattle, best practice throughout the production chain and the highest standards of cattle health in the UK
It also aims to improve and widen the scope of beef labelling for the benefits of consumers, while helping relieve hardship among beef farmers and their employees.
The NBA has a total of 30 breed society members.
Chief executive Chris Mallon said: “One of the benefits of membership of the NBA is that we are there to listen to our members at all levels.
“These changes are a perfect example of us listening to not just our members but to our pedigree committee.
“It is always important to review legislative documents to ensure that they are appropriate and in line with the current needs of the industry.”
The revised rules are available from the National Beef Association and from society auctioneers.