With lambing upon us, we look at how best to advertise and sell your sheep.
The Society can help members sell sheep in three ways: through the Society Marketplace, using the online Flock Book and by providing links and contact details to members of the public (with members’ consent, of course).
Adverts on the Marketplace may only be placed by members but are visible to anyone visiting the Society website. Only Registered and Birth-Notified sheep may be offered for sale so that the buyer can check the animal’s pedigree and be sure that it is a pedigree Ouessant. To place an ad, log in to the wesbite, visit the Marketplace (under The Breed) and select ‘New Ad’. A wizard will then take you through completing the information needed to post an ad – you’ll need the sheep’s OSS number, its Date of Birth, its height (if adult) and whether it has wattles or not. Add the contact details you want to share and up to three photographs and it’s as simple as that.
The committee feels that we should be aiming to make the Marketplace the place for non-members to be looking for and buying quality Ouessant sheep.
The Online Flock Book
The online flock book is searchable by members for sheep that are for sale. To flag a sheep as avaliable for sale (or a ram available for hire) log on to the flock book and select ‘Manage My Animals’ (from 1 April) and ‘Flag Animals for Sale/Hire/AI). Please note that if you had flagged up sheep for sale in the old version of the software, the flag will not be automatically caried accross to the new online flock book. Just follow the steps above and the flag will be reinstated.
The contact details that you have chosen to share with other members only are shown on the Members’ Map in the members’ area of the website. This is obviously not available to the general public. Instead, a link to a member’s website is provided (for those members who have requested it) currently under ‘The Breed’, ‘Ouessant Links’.
The Society often receives enquiries from members of the public enquiring as to where sheep might be bought. They are directed to the Marketplace and to the Ouessant Links. It has been suggested that the links to those members who are happy to be contacted by non-members enquiring after sheep for sale could be made more prominent, and expanded to include members who might not have a website or usually be described as ‘breeders’.
If you would like to make your details available to the public as someone who may have Ouessant sheep for sale, or if you would like to add a link to your website to the Links page, then please email email@example.com.