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Selling Fat cattle by Weight.

On tlifi Bth July last, &/• tho first time, Mes-src Oliver and Son, Vftlleyfield street, Edinburgh, one of the largest stock-deal-ing firms m the South of .Scotland, at their usual Edinburgh stock salu for fat stock, had ;in operation a large weighbridge, which Ims ju>jc been erected to their order by Messrs Henry Poolcy and Son, Liverpool and Glasgow. In appearance the weighbridge resembles a large oblong iron -pen, with sliding pates. Underneath it, and below the floor level, are the usual steelyard weighing arrlnffeineriti, while m connection with it, and facing; the sale ring, is a large circular clock dial with indicator and wfiigl}^,, marked up to four tons. The cattle on their'way, to the ring passed over the weighbridge, and were detained for a moment there while their weight was recorded by the indicator on the dial m sight of the buyera, who had thus an accurate record of the weights of the animals they were buying, instead of having to guess it by any method as formerly. On the other hand, the salesman was able to encourage the bidders by reminding them of the weight of, the animate:'in the rim?, and both parties seemed well satisfied with the results. Though the sale was a heavy one, the weighing of cattle m this way produced no delay— a fresh beast, or pair of beasts, being put on the..weighbridge while the sale of those last weighed went on m the ring. In connection with these weighing-machines, tables' alive been prepared, so that by a simple calculation a buyer can tell to a pound what he ik purchasing. The publication of live--weight quotations has given a great impetus to the system of sellirigfat stock. by weight, and auctioneers at Home ane responding to the desire on. the part of their clients that this method should b'p adopted for fat stock by erecting weigh-ing-machines m their sale-rings, so giving effect to their wishes. . • •

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Selling Fat cattle by Weight., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2553, 25 October 1890

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Selling Fat cattle by Weight. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2553, 25 October 1890