Junior Livestock

Cache County Junior Livestock Auction

When: Saturday, August 14, 2021

  • Buyer registration at 8:30 a.m.
  • Auction at 9:00 a.m.

About:

Each year over 450 of Cache Valley’s youth participate in the Junior Livestock Program raising market animals for the County Fair. The youth learn essential life skills like responsibility, compassion, and the humane treatment of animals. They learn cooperation, leadership and community service through participation in 4-H clubs or FFA Chapters.

The Cache County Junior Livestock Committee invites you to come out in support of the youth by supporting the Junior Livestock Auction. Proceeds of the auction help fund educations and other goals the young people have set out to achieve. Please join with us in support of Cache Valley’s youth.

Ways to Buy:

Buy Back: Buyers not wanting to keep their purchased animal pay only the difference between the final bid price and resale value listed in the program based on the floor prices set by livestock markets. The floor buyer (packer) will take the animal and the successful bidder pays only the support amount. The floor price will be published in the sale program.

For example, suppose you bid $400 for 100 pound lamb. The floor price is $1.00/lb, the buy back price then $100. Your cost = $300

Home Use: You can purchase the entire animal for your freezer or a company party.  You pay the total sale price bid at the time of the sale.  Simply indicate on your auction slip who you want to do the processing.  Bid price does not include processing fees. Buyer is responsible to confirm all processing arrangements.

Buyers’ Pool - Individuals and/or businesses commit a dollar amount to the pool. The buyers’ pool will then bid on and purchase animals, leveraging the available money to maximize the benefit to participating youth.

We encourage all businesses and supporters to attend the Junior Livestock Auction. If you wish to support in another way, all potential boosters can visit the Junior Livestock boosting website. We will soon have a list of the 2021 exhibitors and parents to help you identify youth that you may be interested in supporting. Keep in mind that all exhibitors and/or animals may not actually make it to the sale. A sale list will be available at the auction. Those wishing to participate in the auction will find it a rewarding experience and will witness the effort and bond the youth have developed with his/her project animal. You will be able to obtain a buyer number at the registration table anytime prior to or during the auction. We thank you in advance for your support.

Cache County Junior Livestock Program

Cache County Junior Livestock Rules 2021

The Cache Junior Livestock program provides an opportunity for 4-H and FFA youth to raise and sell a market beef, lamb, hog or a commercial dairy heifer at the Cache County Fair Junior Livestock Auction.  Youth must be enrolled in 4-H or participating in an FFA program at Mountain Crest or Sky View High School.  

Each year, many of the same questions come up regarding participation in the market livestock program.  Here are some general guidelines.  Contact the 4-H Office for a complete list of guidelines and rules.  Please enroll in 4-H early to assure that you receive important project information.

Age – All exhibitors must be in the third grade, and not less than 8 years of age on September 1, of the 4-H year.  (The 4-H year is from September 1 through August 31)

Group Affiliation – Exhibitors must be enrolled in 4-H or FFA when beginning the project.

Tagging/Weigh-in – All market animals must be tagged on the designated dates set by the Junior Livestock Committee.

tag-in dates

Brand Inspection -
Utah law requires a Brand Inspection Certificate for changes of ownership for cattle.  If you purchase an animal, make sure the seller provides this certificate.

Do Own Work - Each exhibitor must do his/her own work in caring for, feeding, training, and fitting for show, as much as they are capable.  Parents, club or project leaders, FFA advisers may assist, but the exhibitor is primarily responsible for the project animal.

Code of Ethics – All exhibitors must comply with the code of ethics that includes the following: humane training, fitting, showing, and/or handling practices.
Commitment to Excellence Form

Presentation of Animal – Animals that are not clean, fitted and controllable by the exhibitor can be sifted from competition by ring officials and/or department chairmen.  Animals not fed/watered or in dirty pens or stalls can also be sifted at any time.

Market Animal Weights – Market animals must meet the minimum weight requirements to show and sale in the Market Livestock Sale.

Multiple Animals - An exhibitor can tag in two animals in each species at the beginning of the year. Exhibitors may exhibit two animals of any combination at the fair show, and sell only one animal. 

Participation – All youth exhibitors must show and sale their own project animals to be eligible to sell in the market auction.

Report Form – All 4-H exhibitors must submit a current and completed project portfolio prior to release of payment for animals sold at the sale. 
Click here for an example portfolio!

Cache County Junior Livestock Ambassador Program

Mission: The Cache County 4-H/FFA Livestock Ambassadors program strives to provide high school aged members the opportunity to develop and practice advanced leadership skills by mentoring other youth, create public awareness of the Junior Livestock program, and to become advocates for animal agriculture.  

Objectives:

  • Prepare youth to serve in leadership capacities in junior livestock program.
  • Provide youth the opportunity to inform the public about value of the Junior Livestock program in our community and the positive youth development it provides.
  • Prepare youth to serve in advocacy roles for animal agriculture, 4-H, FFA and the junior livestock program while building public support for the program.
  • Develop a heightened awareness of career opportunities in animal agriculture and advocacy.
  • Strengthen resumes and college applications through successful leadership experience.

Duties:

  • Be an advocate for the Junior Livestock program and Junior Livestock Sale.
  • Be an example to younger exhibitors and reach out to help them learn how to have a positive experience with an animal project.
  • Assist with planning and developing Livestock Discovery Night learning activities for all youth.
  • Promote the Junior Livestock Sale with community members and businesses to gain support.
  • Assist with livestock shows, activities at the County Fair and the Junior Livestock Auction.
  • Help 4-H Club leaders with Club meetings by sharing your knowledge, skills and experience with younger exhibitors.

How to be involved: All 9-12 grade youth are invited to apply to be a Junior Livestock Ambassador by completing the Ambassador Application. Applications will be reviewed by a committee and successful applicants will be notified.  Please submit your completed application with all the required signatures by February 15 to the Cache County 4-H office or to your FFA Advisor.  Application is available here or from the 4-H office.

Jr. Livestock Ambassador Application

Junior Livestock Scholarship

The Cache County Junior Livestock Auction Committee offers an academic scholarship to graduating seniors who have participated in the Junior Livestock program.  To be eligible for the scholarship youth must have:

  • Participated in the Junior Livestock program for the past three years or more, either through FFA or 4-H.
  • Be in the 12th grade as of January 1 of this year. Youth not planning to attend college in the fall, but plan to enroll in the future should apply now and if awarded, the scholarship amount will be deferred until the student enrolls. 

Applications will be reviewed with consideration given to career goals relative to agriculture-related business or industry, leadership experiences, involvement in extra curricular programs and financial need.     

Amount of the scholarship award is dependent on the number of qualified recipients.  Scholarship is valid toward tuition, fees, and books at an accredited college or university. 

This scholarship is valid only for the student’s Freshman year.

Applications must be returned to the Extension Office by March 31, of the application year, by 5:00 p.m. for consideration.

Utah State Junior Livestock Show Association

The Utah State Junior Livestock Show Association provides additional opportunities for youth to participate in livestock shows throughout Utah.  Rules and tagging information may vary from Cache County Junior Livestock Show rules.  For more information contact the Cache County 4-H office.

State Sponsored Show Information including the State Fair