What is a 4-H Market Auction?
The 4-H Market Auction is where 4-H youth who are participating in market animal
projects sell their animals. The proceeds of each sale go to the individual 4-H member. Many of these young people put their sale earnings toward college, in addition to using the money to offset the costs of raising their animal, and to purchase a new market animal for the next year.
When purchasing a 4-H animal from the
auction, you are getting a high quality
product. Market animals are raised by
4-H’ers who provide the utmost care. You
are also supporting the Agricultural industry.
What does Auction day look like?
The barn and sale arena
open at 10:00am. There will be a sign in table
located in the barn, this
is where you will receive your bidder number/card. You must have a bidder card to purchase an
animal. The 4-H Market
Auction will begin at 10:30am.
All animals will be sold starting at market price of the day. When you bid on animals you are bidding by the pound, except rabbits and poultry which are sold by live weight. If animals are in a pen of two, you are bidding on both
About the 4-H Market Auction Committee
4-Hyouthwho participate in the auction are
required to meet a variety of educational requirements through the year including meetings on
marketing, nutrition and showmanship clinics.
4-Hyouth also sign a contract which assures they provide a consistent, high quality of care for the animal project in the auction and all animals they will be raising.
If you want the whole animal...
You are responsible for the costs of the
purchasing and processing of your animal.
If your freezer isn't big enough...
You may purchase the meat as a group, where
the costs are shared among several buyers. Some ideas for partners are family, friends, employees, and social organizations. Meat purchased by a business and company makes an excellent thank you for employees!
You can resell your purchase
You may sign your purchase back to 4-H for a
resale. The proceeds from the original sale will benefit the 4-Her. The proceeds from the resale will benefit the 4-H Market Auction Committee. We will use these proceeds to purchase educational materials and supplies for the Livestock program.
You purchased the animal, now what?
All animals must be payed for, IN FULL, at
the end of the auction. The animals will be delivered to a processor, Sunday, after the auction. You may contact the processor for
a specific cut sheet.
The processing costs are separate from your
purchase at the auction. You will be billed by the processor after the animal is processed. The Meat will be delivered personally from each 4-H or you may arrange pick up.
Tax deductible purchase
You may purchase an animal as a goodwill gift or as a donation to charity.
Add on bids
If you are not buying an animal, but you are
interested in supporting a 4-H member, you may add a fixed dollar amount (for example, $25) to the sale price of an animal.
Want to buy, but can’t attend the sale?
A proxy buyer can help you. Work with
your 4-H youth for information and they will arrange bidding in your name.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Cambridge Valley Livestock Market, Inc
Saratoga County Fairgrounds
162 Prospect Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Last updated June 6, 2022