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How do you buy live cattle from an online auction?

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You need to register in advance for an account with the online cattle auctions in which you choose to participate, click on the live auction you want to see, and click Bid each time you want to place a bid. The auctioneer sees the bids and keeps going until bidding ends, just like in regular auctions. Auction website registration forms are typically easy to access, and the websites explain how to register for your buyer numbers for their sites.

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Auction websites offer video tutorials and/or FAQs to teach you how to set up your account, how to access the live auctions and place your bids. Bidders may attend auctions in person, bid over the telephone, or bid over the Internet, so your bids may compete with other buyers in those venues. You will be able to see the bids of other participants as they pop up on the screen.

When you win an auction and complete the payment transaction, the seller ships the livestock directly from his ranch to your location for optimum health and safety for the animals. Some auction websites may recommend specific browsers that work best with their live video auction software. In most cases, you need the newest version of Internet Explorer or Google Chrome to avoid problems with the video and audio.

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