Livestock purchase rules

Cattle breeders are kindly invited to get familiar with the rules of cooperation with OSI POLAND FOODWORKS.

1. To state willingness to sell livestock, contact one of the following:

Central Cattle Purchase Office Hotline +48 65 619 43 50


  • Regional representative for cattle purchase
  • Regional Cattle Purchase Office
  • Krotoszyn: +48 52 383 20 20, +48 603 043 578
    Górka: +48 89 651 94 81, +48 602 429 069
    Mieszałki: +48 603 068 556

2. Purchase of livestock in OSI POLAND FOODWORKS Sp. z.o.o slaughterhouse is based on the EUROP post-slaughter classification.

Classification of beef carcasses (young bulls, bulls, steers and heifers) includes 5 classes of conformation (E, U, R, O, and P) and 5 grades of fat cover (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5). The classification is based on descriptive criteria regarding classification of carcasses into individual classes, considering external assessment conducted by a knowledgeable, experienced grader.

3. Each purchase is based on a cultivation contract the subject of which is delivery of animals for slaughter. The contract is a framework agreement. The contract is concluded with individual breeders, state agricultural farms, production cooperatives and their members as well as other state-owned enterprises running agricultural businesses.

4. Before delivering each batch of animals the following documents are drawn up:

  • cultivation contract: a certificate confirming compliance with animal welfare principles on the farm, supplier’s details as well as a declaration of consent to electronic invoicing,
  • transport documents: shipping document, food chain and pricelist, which is an integral part of the contract.

5. The breeder is obliged to:

  • sell cattle with permanent marking (2 tags with ARiMR),
  • Provide a valid passport for each animal sold and information regarding food chain, in accordance with Council Regulation, CE, (1161/2009) of November 30th, 2009. In case an owner has changed, the breeder, as the last one, gives information regarding the place and the date when an animal arrived at the farm. The information shall be given on the back of the passport.
  • make sure the information in the passport degrading sex, age and tag number is correct,
  • to sell the cattle from Monday to Saturday, and in exceptional cases, upon buyer’s request, also on Sundays and holidays,
  • sell a healthy, clean animal, without bruises or other harm, prepared for loading and loading in accordance with the standards and animal welfare regulations in force . Otherwise, the contract becomes null and void and the buyer may refuse to purchase the animals.

6. The purchase prices of livestock are specified in the pricelist, obtained from a regional representative for cattle purchase. The price may be negotiated individually, considering the number of animals sold. The prices are updated every Tuesday.

Unless other arrangements have been made between a seller and a buyer, the prices from a delivery day are applied. Pricing occurs the day after a slaughter day and is dependent on EUROP classification, hot carcass weight and precise quality requirements, which are set out in the pricelist and the cultivation contract.

7. According to cultivation contracts, a breeder shall be given a bonus for each kilogram of warm carcass weight:

  • Cultivate certificate
    + PLN 0,10 for each kg of warm carcass weight of a male,
    + PLN 0,20 for each kg of warm carcass weight of a female.
  • cultivation contract
    + PLN 0,05 for each kg of warm carcass weight of a male,
    + PLN 0,10 for each kg of warm carcass weight of a female.

8. If conditions of sales were not in confirmation with applicable standards and/or animal welfare principles, deductions, in accordance with the pricelist in force, shall be applied.

9. If any hidden defects among the animals are found, the buyer may withdraw from the contract or request a lower price (article
560 § 1 of the Civil Code). If the buyer, due to a defect stated by a veterinarian, decides to withdraw from the sales agreement, the buyer is not obliged to pay the agreed price (article 560 § 2 of the Civil Code).

10. In accordance with Council Regulation, CE, (854/2004) of the European Parliament and European Council of April 29th, 2004, about specific provisions regarding delegated control bodies dealing with products of animal origin meant to be consumed by people (EU Journal of Laws of 25.06.2004 series L, No 226/83).If a veterinary inspection finds any diseases making the meat unfit for human consumption, the seller, shall not be paid for affected animals. If a veterinary inspection classifies meat as unfit for human consumption due to its colour, smell or consistency, the seller shall not be paid for the unclassified units. In case meat has been classified as partly unfit for human consumption, the payment for those units shall be reduced.


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