Linn County Youth Livestock Auction Rules


Auction Objective:

  • To provide a sales outlet in conjunction with the Linn County Fair, Linn County Extension, and Leaders Association for market livestock or animals raised in a 4-H or FFA project area.
  • To assist with the educational efforts of the 4-H and FFA programs concerning production and marketing of livestock and animals using current industry standards such as, quality grades and weights.
  • To provide an opportunity for recognition of the members and their projects, as well as the buyers who support the youth auction. This action of bringing buyer and seller together helps to increase the networking capabilities for all parties involved.


Auction Rules:

1. All members participating in the Linn County Youth Livestock Auction are subject to 4-H and FFA policies, rules, and guidelines.

2. All 4-H & FFA market animal projects will be eligible for the market animal auction if they meet the requirements of the market animal program as follows:

a. Market animals being sold must meet the LCYLA weight requirements.

b. Beef, sheep, swine and goats must be weighed and ear tagged at the final fair weigh-in.

c. Animals meeting all of the above requirements will be placed in special market classes by weight. The animals then will be judged and placed into one of three market quality groups based on the judges' evaluation: Blue - above average market quality; Red - average market quality; White - below average market quality. Champion (Grand or Reserve), blue, and red ribbon animals will be sold. WHITE RIBBON ANIMALS WILL NOT BE SOLD.

3.Rabbits and chickens will sell by the pen of 3, not by the head or weight.

4. No re-weighs on all market animals except to re-zero scale.

5. Each 4-H & FFA member is eligible to sell only one market animal. (Exceptions are Grand and Reserve Grand Champion animals.)

a. All Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Animals MUST sell in the auction. If a member has multiple champions or reserve champions, the member MUST sell all. 

6. The conformation quality group and weight of each animal will appear in the sale catalog.

7. Ownership of the auctioned animal changes at the time the auctioneer cries “Sold”; however, the member retains responsibility and care for the animal until it is transported off the grounds. 

8. A 6% sale commission will be charged to cover sale expenses.

9. The member must sell their highest placing animal in a species. A member may decide on which species to sell. The decision of which animal to sell must be made within two hours of the members last market show, or one animal will be selected by the auction committee.

10. All animals printed in the final sale catalog must sell in the auction.

11. All animals that are sold through the auction must go to an approved harvest facility or resale buyer.

12. Members will sell their own project animals in the auction except when there is an emergency or extreme circumstance preventing them from doing so. Those will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

13. The sale order within species will be determined by order: champion, reserve champion, blue and red.

14. Members will be paid when the Auction Committee receives enough funds to cover the gross sales of the auction. It’s recommended that 4-H/FFA youth sellers write their buyer(s) thank you letter(s) in a timely fashion.

15. Checks must be cashed within 6-months or money will revert to the Linn County Youth Livestock Auction fund.

16. The auction committee reserves the right to test any animal for drug residues or for any form of tampering. If an animal is condemned in the slaughter process (because of disease, etc.), it is the seller's (4-H/FFA member) responsibility to absorb the loss.

17. The auction committee shall not be held liable for uncollectible accounts.

18. Donation animals must meet the above requirements in order to sell the auction.

19. The operation of this sale is an effort of the Linn County Youth Livestock Auction Committee


Linn County Youth Livestock Action Weight Requirements:

  • Swine                     220 to 300 lbs. *
  • Beef                       1000 to 1450 lbs. **
  • Sheep                     110 lbs. minimum / No upper weight
  • Goats                     60 lbs. minimum / No upper weight
  • Chickens:               4 to 6 lbs. (pen of 3)
  • Rabbit:                   4.5 to 6lbs. (pen of 3)

*  Swine that are over 300 lbs. are allowed to sell in the auction. They can not compete for Grand Champion or Reserve Grand Champion. The exhibitor will only be paid for a 300 lbs. animal.

**  Beef that are over 1450 are allowed to sell in the auction. They can not compete for Grand Champion or Reserve Grand Champion. The exhibitor will only be paid for a 1450 lbs. animal.