Frequently Asked Questions

When I bid on an animal at the Auction, am I actually buying the animal?

When you bid on and “buy” an animal at the Lewis & Clark County Livestock Sale, you have 4 options on what to do with the animal: PROCESS - The animal is processed for meat. The 4-H sale committee will transport the animal to Tizer Meats to begin processing on Sunday morning. Then, the processing facility of your choice will pick up the carcass (unless Tizer is processing) from Tizer for cutting and wrapping. You are responsible for pick-up and payment of processing once the processor notifies you it is ready. If you choose this option, simply let the auctioneer know who you want to process the meat. A list of processors can be found in the Livestock Sale Book.​ ​​ KEEP - The animal goes home with you.​ The animal is released to you following the completion of the sale and is in your care, custody, and control. Please make arrangements with the 4-H member and the Sale Committee upon check-out. ​​ DONATE - Donate the animal back to the 4-H Foundation. ​​ ​The Final Bid Price for the animal is donated to the 4-H Foundation and the animal is re-auctioned. The winner of the re-auction takes possession of the animal. ​​ RESALE​ If you send an animal to resale, the price you pay is the difference between the Final Bid Price and the Resale Price listed in the Sale Catalog. The animal is then sold to a pre-contracted resale buyer. *This option is not available for Poultry or Rabbits

Can I still purchase an animal if I cannot attend the sale?

Absolutely! Simply fill out the Bid Sheet form found HERE. Please complete a separate bid sheet for each animal you wish to purchase. Return the form to the 4-H Member you wish to support or email to the Extension Office at

I did not have a winning bid on the animals I bid on.  Can I still support a specific 4-H member?

First, thank you for bidding. You still contributed to the Sale by increasing the final sale price for that 4-H member. That alone is significant and very much appreciated. Anyone is welcome to add-on to a 4-H member's final sale price. Add-ons are a flat fee (not a price per pound), large or small. For example, if the 4-H Members final sale price was $565, another buyer could add-on $100 to make the final sale price $665. Buyers can add-on to as many 4-H Members as they wish. Just talk to the sales clerks during check-out.