Who Can Bid/Buy?

Any business, organization or individual can participate in the Auction by registering and obtaining a Buyers’ Number. Buyers are encouraged to register online before the auction!

Buyers may combine to make single purchases. Buyers wanting to “pool” their money must complete additional paperwork indicating all the buyers and amounts to be paid by each.

Who sells the animals?

Deschutes County 4-H and FFA youth, between grades four – twelve, who show animals at the County Fair.

What do I do with the animal when I buy it?

Chicken broilers, turkeys, and rabbit sellers provide them either live or dressed and ready to eat. Steers, lambs, goats, and pigs, may either be kept and taken home, or arranged to have processed, or you can “consign” the animal to market. Buyers are responsible for making arrangements with meat lockers for processing and must have the animal removed within 2 hours following the conclusion of the Auction if you “Keep.”

Which animal do I buy?

Buyers either come to purchase a specific 4-H, and FFA members animal or they come to support the Auction in general. The sale sheets you receive when you register has the names of 4-H and FFA members.

How are the animals bid?

The auctioneers use the conventional method of taking the highest bid. Bids are made in even dollar amounts and are bid on the animal, not by the pound.

What if I can not be present during the Auction?

If you wish to have someone place a bid for you, you can have a Proxy Buyer. A Proxy Buyer agreement must be in place and signed by the Principal and Proxy.

When do I pay for my animals?

We expect buyers to pay for their purchases before leaving that day. Buyers not paying will be sent an itemized bill for the animals purchased. Prompt payment is expected.

How are animals processed?

Animals will be custom terminated and processed at one of the plants listed in the sale program available at the Auction. After processing, you will receive approximately the following amount of meat, custom cut, trimmed, wrapped and ready for your freezer.

Beef 1200 Pounds – Live Weight

Steak 170
Roast 200
Ground Meat 130
Stew Meat & misc. cuts 55
Total 555

Lamb 120 – Live Weight

Legs 14
Chops 13
Shoulder 16
Lesser Cuts 13
Total 56

Hog 260 Pounds – Live Weight

2 Hams 35
2 Shoulders or Picnics 44
Loin 33
Bacon 30
Sausage 25
Ribs 10
Total 177

What is a resale?

When you buy an animal for resale, you agree to pay the difference between the price you bid and the current market price, Resale example:

Live Steer 1,200 # $3.00         $3,600
Less Resale 1,200 # $1.00       $1,200

You pay                                   $2,400

How do I donate?

You may buy the animal for donation to a local charity. The donation assists seniors or food bank recipients who otherwise may not enjoy quality meats.

What is an Add-On?

A buyer who would like to help a 4-H or FFA member without purchasing an animal can add dollars to any exhibitors sale either at a per pound rate or flat fee.

For more information

For more information: 
Contact the Deschutes County 4-H and FFA Livestock Auction Committee members, Karissa Dishon, (541) 548-6088 or Lance Hill (541) 480-2530