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4H Livestock sale2020

Junior Livestock Auction is Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25.

Local 4-H participants will sell their beef, swine, sheep, poultry, goat and rabbit animals to the highest bidders at the Junior Livestock Auction Friday July 24 and Saturday, July 25 online at EC4H.org.

The auction is a culmination of many months of commitment and effort by the 4-H members, who take full responsibility for their animals including, purchasing, feeding, watering, grooming, and managing their overall health. 

Animals are judged by professional livestock judges, and only those that meet established market quality standards are auctioned at the Junior Livestock Auction.  

Supporting Future Leaders

The 4-H program is designed to teach its members valuable leadership skills that will benefit them in any career they may choose. The animal projects teach them the meaning of responsibility, hard work and the basics of running a small business.

Each 4-H member is allowed to sell one of each species up to two animals in the livestock auction, with 97 percent of the purchase price going directly to the 4-H member. These kids use the money for future 4-H animal projects, college funds and savings accounts. 

The other 3 percent goes to the Junior Livestock Sales Commission (JLSC) to keep the sale going each year. The annual sale is made possible through the support of the sponsors and buyers listed on this website, and through the work of the volunteers on the sale committee.  


Auction in 3 Easy Steps

  • Step 1: How to buy
    Buying an animal is simple – just raise your hand! Bid until you put forward the highest bid.
  • Step 2: Buying Options
    • Option 1
       Purchase animal on your own or split the cost with a friend.
    • Option 2
       Donate your animal to a worthy cause. Ask your accountant about tax deduction possibilities. Buyers donating meat to a worthy cause must pay all processing and delivery fees.
    • Option 3
       Buy back. Buyers may consign their purchase back to the JLSC. Your purpose of buying at the auction is solely for support and promotion. Buyers do not retain possession of the animal with this option. 
       Price bid today per head minus today’s buyback price equals your total amount due. Example: If you purchase a 1,200 pound steer for $2,000 and the market buy-back price is $1.10/pound, 
      then you owe only the difference of sale price of $2,000 and the buy-back price of $1,320 equaling a cost to you, the buyer, of $680. The buy-back option allows you to pay less money up front at the sale and may allow you to purchase more than one animal. 
  • Step 3: Pictures and Pay 
    • Pictures: Immediately after you have made a successful bid, proceed to the portrait area where the official Junior Livestock Sales Commission auction photographer will photograph you with the animal and the 4-Her. A picture will be delivered within a few weeks. 
      Clerks are available to fill out your bill of sale.

All donations and contributions are tax deductible and your help will be greatly appreciated by the exhibitors and community alike.

GrandChampionRibbon    Show Ring and Auction Jargon Glossary

Grand Champion:  The best exhibit in a division 
Reserve Champion: The second best exhibit in a division. 
Class Champion: In each market division, there are three to four classes based on weight. Grand Champions are selected from Class Champion Winners. 
Reserve Class Champion: The second best exhibit in a class and eligible for Reserve Grand Champion. 
Blue Ribbon: Exhibit meets project requirements and is high quality. 
Red Ribbon: Exhibit meets project requirements and is average quality. 
White Ribbon: Exhibit does not meet all project requirements and/or is below average quality (needs improvement). These animals are not eligible to be sold in the JLSC Auction.