If you would like to buy an animal at the Large Stock Auction on Saturday, April 27 (starting at 11:45 a.m.) or the Small Stock Auction on Sunday, April 28 (starting at 10:30 a.m.), please register at the buyer’s table located on the west wall of the Livestock Ramada at the Pima County Fairgrounds. Your decision to purchase an animal at the auction can help a young person successfully complete a unique learning experience and we are so appreciative of your support! Below you will find answers to common questions. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to our Treasurer, Brandy Lara at email@example.com.
Q: Who raises these animals?
A: These animals are raised by 4-H and FFA members in Pima County. More information about 4-H and FFA and the animals they raise for the Pima County Fair can be found in the Large Stock Brochure and the Small Stock Brochure. The University of Arizona explains the economic benefits of the 4-H and FFA auctions in Arizona in this article.
Q: How do I buy an animal?
A: If you have pre-registered as a new buyer, please bring your confirmation email to the Brekke Road gate at the Pima County Fairgrounds and check in at the buyer’s table located on the west wall of the Livestock Ramada. Once you have your number, you can bid on the animals you wish to purchase. You will be presented with a sales agreement and then pay at the cashiers table before you leave.
If you have not already pre-registered as a new buyer, please register at the buyer’s table on the day of the auction. We would love to have you come out!
Q: Can I split the purchase with friends or another business owner?
A: Absolutely! Each person needs to register as a buyer but only one of you needs to actually bid on the animal. Once the bid is final, you will all hold up your numbers and each of you will be recorded as buyers for that animal. If it’s a Small Stock animal, you will need to decide who will take it home. If it’s a Large Stock animal, you will pick the processor and they will split the meat between the buyers.
Q: When are the auctions?
A: The Large Stock Auction (steer, hog, lamb, market goat) is Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 11:45 a.m. The Small Stock Auction (poultry, turkey, rabbit, cavy, pigeon, Pygmy Goat) is Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Both auctions are located under the ramada in the Livestock Barn.
Q: If I win the bid in the Large Stock Auction, what do I do with the purchased animal?
A: If you purchase an animal in the Large Stock Auction, you have four options:
- If you wish to have the animal processed for your personal use, you will select a processor from the sale program. They will pick up the animal from the auction and then contact you when your meat products are ready to be picked up.
- If you wish to help a 4-H or FFA member but do not wish to keep the processed meat, check “Consignment to Packer” on the sales agreement and the Auction Committee will make arrangements for you. By indicating consignment to packer, you agree to pay the difference between the final selling price (the price you bid) and the current market prices for steers, lambs, goats, or hogs. (Current floor prices will be posted at the sale.)
- You may wish to donate an animal to a charitable organization. Options include: Donate animal to be processed for organization’s use (you are responsible for the expenses and arrangements for the slaughter, cutting instructions, and delivery of the meat). Or have animal sold to packer with these proceeds sent to the organization of your choice.
- With the exception of the Grand and Reserve animals, you may take the animal home yourself after the closure of the Fair (Sunday evening).
Q: If I win the bid in the Small Stock Auction, what do I do with the purchased animal?
A: If you purchase an animal in the Small Stock Auction, you have two options.
- You may keep the animal for yourself. You will receive a release slip with the receipt of payment. Animals may leave the barn no earlier than 6:00 p.m. and must be removed from the fairgrounds on sale day. All animals must be accompanied by a release slip to pass through the gate.
- If you wish to help a 4-H or FFA member, but do not wish to keep the animal, you may donate the animal back to the exhibitor.
Q: Where can I find more information?
A: The Large Stock Brochure and the Small Stock Brochure contain additional information, as well as the other pages of this website. If you would like to speak with a board member, please send an email to our President or Treasurer.