BIXS sets up online cattle classifieds for members

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) has rolled out an online cattle sales listing service for the system’s registered participants.

The new BIXS Cattle-Classifieds system is expected to provide registered producers with an additional free-of-charge platform for "building potential business relationships to bolster their marketing program for their BIXS cattle," the CCA said in a release Monday.

Viewers will be able to sort listings by birthdate, weight, breed/cross, geographical location, implant status, vaccination date or other optional information they enter in the system, the CCA said.

Anyone with internet access will be able to view the BIXS cattle listings, but posting an classified ad on the system will be an option reserved for BIXS registered participants only, said Larry Thomas, the BIXS program’s national co-ordinator.

"Producers registered in BIXS can advertise upcoming auction market sales or any private sale information on their BIXS registered cattle," Thomas said.

"All that we require is for BIXS members to agree to the terms and conditions on the BIXS Cattle-Classifieds site and that the cattle are registered to their BIXS account inventory. There is no fee involved."

BIXS participants will need to enter their BIXS business identification number (BIN) to post ads. The BIN will be entered for internal administrative purposes only and won’t be made public, Thomas said.

Listings on BIXS Cattle-Classifieds are considered to be ads only and will be governed by the site’s terms and conditions. All offers and acceptances must be made directly between the buyer and the seller.

The listing service — part of the BIXS system opened last month to cow-calf producers nationwide — will be open to Canadian producers and will be restricted to live cattle in Canada, the CCA said.

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