Our sales will offer some of the finest market animals available at county fairs anywhere in the state.
The kids need your support as a buyer this year more than ever. If you have any questions, or need assistance, please call: Oakland County Fair Office (248) 634-8830
The Auctions are the culmination of many 4-H members’ yearlong project efforts. This is the time when animals they have cared for all year are sold to the public. It is the final step in their livestock project, where the marketing education aspects come to life.
Why should I purchase an animal from one or both of the Animal Auctions?
- To support and encourage young people participating in one of the most active youth livestock programs in the state. Oakland County’s 4-H programs produce the highest quality market animals of today and the outstanding citizens of tomorrow.
- To purchase some of the best beef, pork, lamb and goats in the entire state .As a buyer you will:
- a. Have your name as the buyer placed over the animal’s pen at the next year’s fair.
- b. After the sale, your name as a buyer may be submitted to local newspapers and will appear in next year’s Fair Program Book. A photograph of the animal will be given to you to display in your place of business or home. If you would like to be in the photo with your purchased animal, go immediately to the photo area to be photographed with the exhibitor and the animal.
How do I buy an animal?
Plan to arrive early. A listing of all animals with their weight, in sale order will be available on auction day. This provides you with the opportunity to compare animals in the barn and to select several alternative animals to meet your needs. Exhibitors will be available to preview their animals with you prior to sale. When an animal you would like to purchase is in the ring and at a price you desire, signal the auctioneer by raising your hand. If you receive the final bid, provide the ring man or auctioneer with your name or buyer number so that it can be announced and recorded.
I’d like to buy, but can’t be present at the auction.
If you can’t make it to the sale but would still like to buy an animal just call the Fair office at (248) 634 – 8830.
Is there a registration procedure?
Registration begins ½ hour before sale time at the clerk’s table. You will need to provide your name, address, and phone number.
You will then be given a buyer’s number. After you have registered, find a seat in the special seating area.
How is payment handled?
You may pay by cash, check, or major credit card (3% processing fee applies) anytime during the sale or immediately following the sale.
What do I do once I have purchased an animal?
The Livestock Committee has made arrangements for trucking to several processors. You will need to telephone the processor you selected Monday after the auction to provide your cutting instructions. The processor will let you know when your frozen meat will be available to pick up.
I’d like to buy, but I can’t handle a whole beef or hog. What should I do?
You can join together with a relative, neighbor, or friend and split the cost and the meat. You can each have cutting and wrapping done to your individual needs.
I’d like to buy an animal to help out the 4-H, but can’t really use the meat .What can I do?
A. You can donate the animal back to the Oakland County Fair. If you choose to do this, indicate your decision to the auctioneer or the ring personnel at the time your final bid is taken.
B. You can buy the animal, then we will arrange for trucking to the stockyard where the animal will be resold for you. The stockyard will mail you a check. The two stockyards animals can be shipped to are Marlette Livestock or United Producers.