Buyer Information

Who can use COWMATCH.COM?

Currently COWMATCH.COM services are only available for Buyers and Sellers over 18 years of age located in the United States or Canada.

What can I purchase on COWMATCH.COM?

At this time we only allow sales of live Scottish Highland Cattle, live Scottish Highland cross bred cattle, Scottish Highland embryos, and Scottish Highland semen.

Does my winning bid guarantee I get to purchase the animal?

Each Seller reserves the right to determine whether to accept Buyers and offers based on whatever factors that Seller uses for such decisions.

What does it cost to use COWMATCH.COM?

Buyers are not charged a fee for using our services. Upon winning the bid, a deposit of 8% of the final selling price will be charged to the Buyers credit card on file within 24 hours of the auction ending. The Buyer will then pay the seller the remaining 92% of the total selling price within one week (128 hours) of the conclusion of the sale unless Buyer and Seller agree otherwise in writing.

Why do I need to provide my credit card information?

We require all users of COWMATCH.LLC to keep a valid credit card on file. We will charge your credit card a deposit of 8% of the final selling price within 24 hours of the auction ending.

How soon do I have to pay for my purchase?

Buyers must contact Seller within 24 hours of the conclusion of the auction to arrange payment and transportation. All funds must be paid in full, and clear, within one week (128 hours) of the conclusion of the sale unless Buyer and Seller agree otherwise in writing.  The full purchase price, must be paid in full by the Buyer to the Seller before the purchased animal leaves Seller’s farm.

What form of payment can I use?

For the 8% deposit paid to Cowmatch, LLC it will be charged to the credit card on file. For the 92% balance owed to the Seller, you will need to use the form of payment agreed upon by the Seller.

How much time do I have to pick up my purchase?

Unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the parties, Buyer must take possession of the animal within three (3) weeks of the conclusion of the auction. In the event Buyer fails to take possession of the animal within three (3) weeks Buyer shall pay to Seller a daily boarding fee of $25 per animal and, at the option of Cowmatch, LLC may be banned from use of the site in the future.

Who is responsible for the cost of feeding the animal until it is picked up?

Seller shall continue to feed and care for the animal, at no additional cost to Buyer, until the animal is loaded for shipment or upon the expiration of three (3) weeks after the date of sale, whichever is sooner. In the event Buyer fails to take possession of the animal within three (3) weeks Buyer shall pay to Seller a daily boarding fee of $25 per animal.

Who is responsible for the animal once it is paid for?

Upon payment in full, the animal becomes the property of Buyer and Buyer assumes all risks for the animal.

Who is responsible for arranging and paying for transportation?

The Buyer is responsible for arranging transportation and paying for all the transportation costs. The Seller is responsible to work with the Buyer, and Transporter to arrange an agreeable date for the animal to be picked up.

Who is responsible for transferring registration paperwork?

In the event an animal is represented to be registered, Seller shall provide to Buyer a signed transfer certificate of registration at the time the animal leaves Seller’s farm, or Seller must submit signed transfer documents to the appropriate breed association within 90 days of the date of the sale. Failure to provide proper transfer documents may result in Seller being banned from using Cowmatch, LLC and Seller shall incur a $500 fine. Falsifying registration information will result in Seller being banned from using Cowmatch, LLC and Seller will incur a $500 penalty which shall be immediately charged to Seller’s credit card on file.

Is the seller required to provide a health certificate?

If the Seller chooses to sell their animals outside of their state, they are required to provide the Buyer with a health certificate for the animal sold. Health certificates are not required for animals not traveling out of state.

What is required for buying animals out of state?

Cowmatch, LLC can not give veterinarian or legal advice and can not tell you what vaccines and or tests are necessary. Buyers and Sellers have the sole responsibility to review USDA regulations to ensure an animal meets requirements for the state in which the animal resides or will reside. For example, animals not vaccinated for Brucellosis should not be sold to western states unless USDA confirmation has been received that such vaccination is not required. For more information, look under the tab “health requirements” for suggestions

What if the animal becomes sick, dies, or gets lost while the auction is active?

If an animal becomes sick, dies, or gets lost, the Seller is responsible to end the auction immediately.

What if the animal is BVD-PI or has another infectious incurable disease?

In the event an animal proves to be BVD-PI, or has another infectious incurable disease, Buyer shall notify Seller within a reasonable time of discovery and Seller shall be obligated to refund the full purchase price, less the Cowmatch, LLC service fee, to Buyer.  Prior to notification, Buyer shall have the animal tested at least twice by a licensed veterinarian within 6 months of the animal leaving Seller’s farm. Buyer shall provide to Seller copies of all documentation confirming the animal is BVD-PI, or the nature of the disease. In addition to a refund of the purchase prices, Seller shall be responsible for the cost of testing, euthanasia and disposal of the infected animal. Any seller caught selling BVD-PI animals will be banned from Cowmatch, LLC and incur a $500 penalty which shall be immediately charged to Seller’s credit card on file. It is recommended that all cattle be tested for BVD-PI prior to being listed for sale. Any dispute between Buyer and Seller regarding the health or genetics of the animal shall be resolved through arbitration as set forth in paragraph 22 of the terms and conditions.

What if I buy a pregnant animal?

Before an animal can be listed at “pregnant” that animal shall have been examined by a licensed veterinarian and guaranteed as being pregnant. Animals listed as “exposed” are not guaranteed to be in calf.

What if the bred cow I bought proves to be open?

In the event a female sold as “pregnant” proves not to be in calf, Buyer may receive services from the bull previously used, if available, or if the bull is not available, Seller shall be obligated to make satisfactory adjustment to the purchase price, or, at Buyer’s option, refund the full purchase price less the Cowmatch, LLC service fee. Payment of any such refund shall be made upon return of the animal to Seller’s farm. Buyer must have the animal examined by a licensed veterinarian within seven (7) days, (168 hours) of the animal leaving Seller’s farm and a copy of the veterinarian’s report must be provided by Buyer to Seller.

What if the “open” cow I bought proves to be bred?

In the event a female sold as “open” proves to be with calf, Buyer shall have the option of returning the animal to Seller prior to calving for a full refund of the purchase price, less the Cowmatch, LLC service fee, or returning the animal to Seller and receiving another animal of equal value. Seller shall be responsible for any expense incurred by Buyer for transportation. Buyer must have the animal examined by a licensed veterinarian within seven (7) days (168 hours) of the animal leaving Seller’s farm and a copy of the veterinarian’s report must be provided by Buyer to Seller.

What if the animal has a different sire or dam then advertised?

If, as the result of blood typing or other DNA testing, an animal is determined to have ancestry other than that reported on the registration certificate, Buyer shall be entitled to a full refund of the purchase price, less the Cowmatch, LLC service fee, upon return of the animal to Seller’s farm. Buyer shall be responsible for the cost of transporting the animal to Seller’s farm. The Buyer shall also have the option of returning the animal to Seller and receiving another animal of equal value, or, if agreed to by the parties, Seller may have the certificate of registry corrected at Seller’s expense and provide the corrected certificate to Buyer. Once completed, any agreed upon resolution shall absolve Seller from any further liability for authenticity of pedigree for the animal.