progressive group of cattle producers

Producers from the New England and Northwest regions
committed to producing top-quality grass-fed cattle.

Marketing Consultant

Sam Ditchfield

Sam Ditchfield

Using a retained, licensed agent, marketing is planned with the producers’ interests as the main priority. Members receive advice on their cattle marketing, pricing options and assistance to manage the logistics of the sale.

Members are provided with the best and most efficient channel to market live cattle. The total volume of saleable stock (currently 20-30,000 hd per annum), allows members to secure the best price in the market and access premium offers.

The marketing consultant also provides AuctionsPlus assessments, a competitive stock buying service and ability to combine trucking lots with other members to cost effectively freight smaller lots to sale.

Sam Ditchfield has been the Marketing Consultant for Ebor Beef for the past 8 years. He has many years’ experience in the cattle industry, particularly in the agency and feedlot domains. Together with his wife Jules and three children, Sam has lived much of his life in the New England and Northwest regions and as such has an extensive network of industry contacts.

Sam and Jules trade as SJ Livestock Marketing and offer Ebor Beef members full Stock and Station Agency services including Stock Insure™. Sam is also an Accredited Level 1 Livestock Assessor for AuctionsPlus™

Weekly Market Sheet

The marketing consultant produces a market report on a weekly basis to keep members informed of market movements and industry information. The Market Sheet includes:

  • A Market Review, which is an overview of the East Coast market activities and  influences;
  • The current week’s Price Quotes and the previous week’s quotes for comparison (these are indicative prices only), Stock Listings and Additional Information such as Field Day details,
  • Industry Seminars and upcoming social events. Members are provided with social events to network with other producers and direct access to industry expertise.

Market Sheet Example

Cost of Sale

What is your current cost of sale? – The average Ebor Beef member pays as little as $5.00-6.00 per head, allowing them to retain more of their profits. This is due to our unique marketing fee structure as outlined below.

The Marketing Fee Structure for Ebor Beef Members

Fee Structure Charged on the no. of head sold in a 12 month billing period

1 to 25 head $11.00 /head
26 to 75 head $8.00 / head
76 to 500 head $5.40 / head
501 to 1000 head $3.25 / head
1001 plus head $2.20 / head

Additional Fees

Auctions Plus Assessment fee $6.00 / Head
Fee if sold at members current rate
Auctions Plus fees at member’s expense
Buying Fee Buying fee $5.00 / Head
Initial on property visit/inspection for all members Free
Subsequent visits may incur a call-out fee This fee will be negotiated on a case by case basis.

All fees & charges are GST exclusive

Please note:
Marketing Fee Billing period – 1st March to 28th February
Membership Subscription Billing Period – 1st March to 28th February

All offers and acceptances of this Marketing Fee Structure are entirely at the discretion of the individual member and SJ Livestock Marketing in accordance with the Ebor Beef Inc Regulations. Neither the member nor SJ Livestock Marketing is obliged to adopt the Marketing Fee Structure.