2019 Howard County auction regulations

  1. The auction will include approximately five steers, 140 swine, 15 wether lambs, 20 wether goats, 1 quart of goat milk, 1 block of dairy goat cheese, two meat pens of rabbits, and 10 poultry exhibits.
  2. All livestock sold in the auction are "released" when sold on Thursday. All animals not in the auction are released 30 minutes post-Supreme Showmanship Contest on Wednesday or at the discretion of the 4-H educator and barn superintendent.
  3. Barrows/gilts, steers, and wether lambs will be sold per pound. Goat, rabbit, and poultry exhibits will be sold as announced by the auctioneer.
  4. The 4-H member owns the animal until it is announced sold by the auctioneer. The animal then becomes the property of the buyer.
  5. After the buyer indicates what is to be done with the animal, it must be immediately loaded onto the commercial market truck or the slaughterhouse truck.
  6. Proper animal care is expected by all livestock exhibitors. Livestock should not be given anything that is deemed illegal to enhance performance. This includes abiding by the established drug withdrawal times. If it is determined that an animal owned by a 4-H member violates these guidelines, a penalty may be imposed per the Determination of Violation of Rules and Regulations of the Howard County 4-H program.
  7. Any violation of the above rule will result in the involved family being banned from showing that project the following year(s).
  8. If the animal is to be retained for slaughter, prior arrangements should be made by the buyer and reported to the auctioneer at time of sale.
  9. If the animal is to go to a commercial market that should also be indicated to the auctioneer. The auction committee will determine which commercial market will be used prior to the auction.
  10. If the buyer keeps the animal for slaughter, they pay the 4-H member the auction cost and take care of further arrangements for slaughter.
  11. Every animal or item sold in the Howard County 4-H Auction CANNOT be returned to the exhibitor or family.  Any item not wanted by the buyer will become property of the Greentown Lions Club auction committee.
  12. The sale weight of steers, barrows and wether lambs will be the same as the weigh-in weight that is used to determine classes. (Except the overweight barrows; they will be sold in the 4-H Auction for 290 pounds regardless of their actual weight.)  No shrinkage is to be made on this weight, but 4-H members will not be permitted to feed or water their animal before weighing.
  13. 4-H animals sold or offered for sale privately or at public auction after the enrollment deadline shall not be eligible for future 4-H shows.
  14. A 4-H member is limited to one entry in the 4-H livestock auction. Therefore, he/she can sell 1 barrow, one gilt, or one steer, or one market lamb, or one goat wether, or one rabbit meat pen, or one poultry exhibit, or one quart of goat's milk, or one block of dairy goat cheese that is designated the winner of the Grand Champion Dairy Goat Doe Show. If a 4-H member does not have a barrow, they may enter one gilt in the 4-H Auction.
  15. There is a market check off program that requires the seller to contribute $1 per head for cattle, 25 cents per head for sheep and .0045 cents per $100 of sales for swine. This applies to 4-H Fair livestock auctions. In order to keep from charging a fee or having a deduction from the check of 4-H members selling livestock in the Howard County Auction, the auction committee of the Greentown Lions Club has agreed to pay these charges.
  16. If the buyer sends the animal to commercial market, further arrangements are handled by the auction committee. The buyer pays the 4-H member the auction cost, but will later receive a check from the auction committee based on the commercial market value of the animal.

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