The Junior Livestock Auction is the culmination of a year’s activity for Tuolumne County’s 4-H, FFA and Independent exhibitors. These young exhibitors select, feed and groom their animals, and the Mother Lode Fair is where they present their projects to the judge and receive the monetary value for their product along with public recognition for their efforts. All livestock exhibitors have completed the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals certification, which stresses animal well-being, food safety, and character awareness.
After an extremely successful combined large and small animal sale in 2021, the Mother Lode Fair will be continuing with one sale! The Junior Livestock Auction will include all Market Beef, Sheep, Swine, Goats, Rabbits and Poultry on Saturday, July 2, 2022. More details coming soon!!
What to do with your purchase? You can have it custom cut and wrapped, fill your freezer and enjoy; or, have the animal automatically resold to a meat packer at market price and pay only the difference. Market prices are posted the day of the auction. (These options are available for Beef, Sheep, Swine, and even Meat Goats! Resale is not available for Poultry or Rabbits.)
Bid and Buy!! Buy alone or get together with friends or other businesses and split it! Select your animal yourself, OR have the Auction Committee help you bid. Auction Committee members and Livestock Staff are available to help and answer questions. The Auction Buyers brochure with information on how to be a buyer at the Junior Livestock Auction is available here. If you are unable to attend Saturday’s Auction but would like a member of the Auction Committee to bid for you, a proxy form is available. Please return completed forms ASAP via fax to 209-532-3573 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org – incomplete forms will not be accepted.
If you would like more information on the Junior Livestock Auction, please contact Kim Helmbold, Livestock Superintendent, at 209-532-7428. You may also contact any member of the Junior Livestock Auction Committee.